Shortly after the explosion of the bomb packed with steel balls, nails and screws that killed Briton Mary Jane Gardner and wounded 50 people – including two critically – Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad publicly condemned what he specifically called a “terror attack.”RTWT.
Unfortunately, but not uncharacteristically, the prime minister detracted from that condemnation by adding that the act was “despicable,” particularly in light of the huge damage such attacks have inflicted on the Palestinians in the past. The implication from Fayyad, the ex-IMF economist touted by both local and international media as a “moderate reformer,” was that were it not for the potential negative ramifications for Palestinians resulting from the attack, beginning with possible restrictions on Palestinian movement, the attack would not have been quite so despicable.
Still, at least Fayyad admitted that the death, pain and destruction caused Wednesday unmistakably constituted terror. That was more than what Reuters was willing to concede. In a news report describing the incident, the news agency noted that “Police said it was a ‘terrorist attack’ – Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike.” Apparently, for Reuters, the intentional, indiscriminate murder of civilians with the purpose of terrorizing might constitute something other than terrorism when it is directed against Israel.