Thursday, November 16, 2006

The Victim with No Name

There has been a lot of media interest and interest about the media regarding the tragic death of a 57-year old Israeli woman, a victim of the 'homemade rockets' (as the ABC News Online has previously called them) launched by the no-longer-occupied Palestinians in Gaza.

Some updates:

1. Israellycool has a good summary here.

2. There is some confusion over her name - is it Faina or Fatima? Reader Maksim-Smelchak writes:

I beleive [sic] that her name is: Faina Slotzker. Not Fatima.
But Jerusalem Post writes here that:
[Fatima] Slutsker was a Muslim woman who came from the Caucasus Mountains in the Former Soviet Union just three years ago with her Jewish husband.
Could it possible that her real name was Fatima, but she had a shortened or nickname of Faina?

3. ABC News Online, after predictably omitting the woman's name in the shoddy first article, then surprising many by mentioning the woman's name in this article, reverts to the mean by avoiding her name in the more recent article.

4. Reuters are up to at least their third version of their article on the attack, but still just can't bring themselves to name the victim.

5. Likewise for the BBC here.

6. CNN goes one better here: within one paragraph of avoiding the Israeli victim's name, they mention the names of Palestinians whose houses were on the receiving of targeted Israeli attacks:

The sources said the missiles struck the western Gaza City home of Issa Shrafi, whose son, Aziz Shrafi, is a member of the Popular Resistance Committees. The sources said a half-hour warning was given before the missiles were launched just after 11 p.m. Wednesday.

About 30 minutes after the first strike, an Israeli aircraft fired missiles at the home of Nehru Masoud, a member of the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigade -- the military wing of Hamas -- in a different refugee camp
In case anyone was thinking equivalence on the rockets, the Palestinians are terrorists in the terrorist wings of terrorist organisations.

7. Fox News' original article - via their AP news feed - did not mention the woman's name, but the more recent article does, and has a moving photo of the husband at her burial:
Husband of Fa'ina Slutzker mourns during her burial in Sderot.

8. If it's hard to find the woman's name in the mainstream media's coverage, then you can forget finding the name of the 24-year old security guard. Incidentally, his name is Maor Peretz, and according to Jerusalem Post, he is in a "serious but stable" condition.

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