CNN Host Forced To Apologize After Downplaying Murders Of Israeli Family At Hands Of Terrorists

Christiane Amanpour, the CNN host who apologized for her previous reporting that appeared to minimize the murder of a family in Israel.

What is the background to this?

Two Israeli-British Sisters — Rina Dee, 16, and Maia Dee, 20, — were killed by gunfire on April 7 while in their car near a West Bank settlement. Lucy Dee was also injured in the attack. She died several days later.

Hamas, a terrorist organization based in Palestine, praised the attack after Israeli officials had condemned it as an act.

Amanpour referred to the shooting incident in an interview with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on 10 April.

What has she said now?
Amanpour apologized on her show, Monday, for falsely describing that the murders had occurred during a “shootout.”

She said:

On April 10, I mentioned the murders of a family of Israelis: Lucy, Maia, and Rina Dee. They were the daughters and wife of Rabbi Leo Dee. I erred and said that they were killed during a “shootout”, not a shooting. I apologized to Rabbi Leo Dee and let him know that we are sorry for any pain that was caused.

Amanpour was repeatedly asked for an apology. Israel’s Foreign Ministry got involved with the issue earlier this month.

The father and husband of the victims, Rabbi Leo Dee, rejected Amanpour’s apology. He said it was “not worth the printed paper.”

Rabbi Dee stated that “the fact that they claimed they were murdered and not brutally killed by evil Palestinian terrorists who are funded by Iran, is the typical CNN-ism,” where they try to make a comparison between victim and terrorist.

What else is there?
Israeli security forces are confident that they have killed two Hamas terrorists who were responsible for the death of the Dees. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, said that Israel “settled account” with terrorists on May 4.