Killing in Self Defense Is Not "Assassination"November 20, 2012 @ 11:20 am
Why, then, have the New York Times and other media outlets referred to Israel's killing of Ahmed Jabaari in Gaza as "an assassination?" He was the military commander of a terrorist organization, Hamas, which remains at war with Israel, and takes pride in aiming deadly rockets at Israeli civilian targets every day. There's a big difference between assassination-the targeting of civilian leaders for political purposes-and striking armed combatants in self defense in the midst of an ongoing war.
American media ought to recognize and emphasize that distinction.
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