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Israel rebukes “Time” magazine for calling terrorist a ‘graphic designer’

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Government Press Office (GPO) went public with a complaint against Time magazine Thursday, five months after the magazine published an article referring to a terrorist as a “graphic designer…killed by Israeli security forces,” with no mention of the people he murdered and injured.

Terrorist Baha Aliyan was shot by Israeli security forces after he and another Palestinian, Balal Abu-Janem, boarded the Route 78 bus in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem and launched a joint shooting and stabbing attack that killed three men — including former Glastonbury resident Richard Lakin, 76 — and wounded 17 others.

On Oct. 15, 2015, in an article entitled “The desperation driving young Palestinians to violence,” Time’s Rebecca Collard wrote, “On Tuesday, Allyan [sic], a graphic designer from the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood Jabel Mukaber, was killed by Israeli security forces after allegedly trying to carry out an attack in Jerusalem.”

In an article published on its website March 17, the Israeli GPO wrote, “To our sorrow, repeated requests to Time magazine, initially by an Israeli NGO and subsequently by the GPO, have all failed to induce Time to correct the serious factual error in the Oct. 15 article….An Israeli NGO first approached Time magazine correspondent Rebecca Collard on Oct. 18 and received no response. The Government Press Office contacted Collard on Feb. 25, presented the facts and demanded a correction. Neither recognition nor correction of the erroneous article resulted….When contacted again, Time magazine correspondent Collard wrote to the GPO on March 4: ‘I’ve forwarded your concerns to my editors.’”

Time magazine finally updated the article on Friday, March 18, to state that Aliyan carried out an attack on a Jerusalem bus that resulted in the death of three people. A statement added at the end of the article indicated that the article was updated to gave a fuller account of the story. The statement did not include an apology.

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