A young London-based Palestinian journalist called out Sky News anchors for not reporting the facts about the Israel-Palestine war because they were adapting her choice of words while covering the war.
Yara Eid, a 23-year-old war journalist from Gaza, currently lives in London after growing up in the besieged Gaza Strip.
During a guest appearance on the Sky News newsreader’s show, Eid criticized the host’s choice of words and reminded him when discussing the Israel–Palestine war.
When the host introduced the situation in Gaza, referring to Israeli casualties as “killed” while using the word “died” to refer to Palestinian casualties, Eid pointed out that when reporting on the situation in Gaza When it comes to making a statement, the host must choose his words wisely.
Eid said: “Before we continue talking about what’s happening, I just want to say that when you first introduced what was happening, you said, ‘More than 1,400 people died in Israel. and more than 4,000 people have died in Palestine.
“I think it’s really important to use language because, as a journalist, you have an ethical responsibility to report on what’s happening.
“Palestinians don’t just die, they are killed. In fact, their ethnic cleansing and genocide has been going on for the last 75 years. And you also mentioned that this is a Hamas-Israel war.
“And you also said it’s a Hamas-Israel war. That’s not what it is,” Eid, who is also a human rights activist and a Global Youth Ambassador, continued to address the host’s confusing language.
“And framing it this way is very misleading because it puts forward the point that Israel is an equal power, but it is an occupying power and it has the responsibility to protect all civilian life and children in Gaza “
“As a journalist you need to report on what’s happening and say it as it is,” Eid told the host.
The 23-year-old journalist shared that his best friend – Palestinian journalist Ibrahim Lafi – and 30 members of his immediate family, 17 of whom were children, were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
The host asked Eid, “As a Palestinian, when Hamas attacked Israel, what did you expect would happen next?”
After apologizing for repeating the same text, Eid said: “It’s confusing because you can’t minimize what’s happening about the October 7 attack.
Let’s talk about 2014, let’s talk about 2021. Let’s talk about all the aggressions.