The Guardian – like other UK papers – seems to have an unwritten rule against using the term ‘terrorist’ to characterize Palestinians – even those affiliated with groups designated as ‘terrorists’ by the US and Europe – except when safely surrounded in quotes. Typically, the word ‘militant’ is used instead – reflecting the sage advice of their
which counsels their journalists that “the most important thing is that, in news reporting, we are not seen – because of the language we use – to be taking sides”.
Indeed, banish the thought that Guardian journalists may be taking sides in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict!
In fact, some Guardian journalists have taken the politically correct terminology to a whole other level. Last year, Harriet Sherwoodinitially referred to the 104 pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners who are to be released by Israel as a good will gesture to the PA as “political…