UK media outlets have largely attributed the death in Gaza of eight-month-old Layla al-Ghandour on May 15 to tear gas used by the IDF to quell violent border riots. Though serious questions were raised about the Palestinian girl’s death from out outset, most reporters appeared to accept the family’s claim that the girl accidentally ended up at the border clashes and died of asphyxiation as a result of inhaling the commonly used riot control agent.
Most reports included heart breaking photos of the mourning Palestinian mother, like this at The Telegraph.
The Independent even seemed to evoke, in an official editorial, some sort of moral equivalence between Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against civilians and Israel’s use of tear gas (which they actually referred to as the “gassing” of a baby) in Gaza. Though most reports didn’t go as far as the Indy in attempting to demonise Israel, the…
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