(Newsmax) – Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered an impassioned denunciation of the terrorist massacre of five Israelis at a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday. But many readers of the New York Times probably missed the story, because the newspaper (whose reporters had at one point quoted a key part of Kerry’s condemnation), removed any reference to it, according to the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA).
CAMERA Senior Research Analyst Gilead Ini wrote in the Times of Israel that Kerry – speaking to reporters in London before meeting with his British counterpart – said that Palestinian incitement “was directly responsible” for the murders.
“This morning, today in Jerusalem, Palestinians attacked Jews who were praying in a synagogue. And people who had come to worship God in the sanctuary of a synagogue were hatcheted and hacked and murdered in that holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder,” Kerry declared.
“I call on the Palestinian leadership at every single level to unequivocally condemn this in the most powerful terms,” said Kerry, clearly furious.
The Palestinian leadership “must begin to take must begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language, from other people’s language, and exhibit the kind of leadership that is necessary to put this region on a different path,” he added.
Shortly before 8:00 A.M. Eastern, the Times quoted Kerry’s call on the Palestinian leadership “to condemn this in the most powerful terms” and acknowledged that the secretary of state labeled it “a pure result of incitement.”
At around noon, a softened version of Kerry’s remarks appeared on the paper’s website. Gone was his quote blaming the attack on Palestinian incitement. Instead, Kerry was quoted as calling on the Palestinians to condemn the attack and “restrain any kind of incitement.”
At approximately 9 P.M., all references to Kerry’s remarks were taken out, as well as language that suggested Abbas denounced the attack only because Kerry demanded that the Palestinian leadership do so, NewsDiffs.org reports.
“By the time the paper went to print, the word ‘Kerry’ didn’t appear in a single Mideast news story,” Ini wrote in the Times of Israel. “The word ‘incitement’ appeared twice — in both instances, it was a reference to Mahmoud Abbas’s allegation that Israel is supposedly guilty of incitement against the al Aqsa mosque, a holy Muslim shrine built on the holiest site in Judaism.”