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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 Miriam Alster/Flash90 Hundreds of lsraelis mourn at the funeral of three of the victims killed earlier in the day when two Palestinian terrorists from east Jerusalem entered the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue in the Orthodox neighborhood of liar Nof, Jerusalem, with pistols and axes, and began at- tacking Jewish worshipers, Nov. 18, 2014. By Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA)---They all lived on the same street. They had all moved there from abroad. They were all rabbis. They all prayed at the same synagogue. And itwas at that Jerusalem synagogue that they were all murdered on Tuesday morning. Mosheh Twersky, 59; Kal- man Levine, 55; Aryeh Ku- pinsky, 43; and Avraham Goldberg, 68, were killedwhen two Palestinian cousins from eastern Jerusalem entered Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov, in the haredi Orthodox neigh- borhood of Har Nof, wielding a gun and butcher knives. The attackers, members of the Popular Front for the Libera- tion of Palestine, injured eight others before they were killed at the scene by Israeli police. Twersky, Levine and Kupin- skywereAmericans. Goldberg was from England. All of the men were laid to rest Tuesday in Jerusalem. "We are here, standing in front of these three holy men, the best of our community, Torah scholars whose blood flowed like water," said Rabbi Yitzchak Mordechai Rubin, the chief rabbi of Bnei Torah, according to the Times of Israel. Twersky, the head of the Toras Moshe Yeshiva, was the eldest grandson of the influ- ential American Orthodox scholar Rabbi Joseph Solev- eitchik. Twersky left behind his wife, five children and 10 grandchildren. Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of the Orthodox Union's Kosher Division and a student of Soleveitchik, knew Twersky for most of his life and told JTA "he was in every respect extraordinary," noting "his kindness, his stunning bril- liance." "He was a great schol- ar. You saw his devotion to his students and their love for him," Genack said. "He was reserved, very insightful. He came from the most exalted rabbinic family and yet he was just so humble." Levine, who is survived by his wife, nine children and five grandchildren, grew up in Kansas City, Mo. He was born Cary Levine and attended the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy there. A friend told the Kansas City Star that he was a "gentle soul with a kind heart." His son eulogized him Tuesday as a diligent scholar. "My father would study all day long and would return home at night only to learn some more until he would fall asleep in his chair," the son said, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry. "Abba, you were in the middle of saying the Shema [prayer] when yoursoul left your body and the terror- ists came and murdered you." Kupinsky, who also emi- grated from the United States, leaves behind his wife and five children. He lost a daughter, Chaya Chana, who died in her sleep two years ago at 13. According to the Foreign Ministry, he was known to be very generous and was a daily worshipper at the synagogue. Goldberg, who moved to Israel in 1993, is survived by his wife, six children and grandchildren. His friend from the neighborhood, David Osborne, remembered him as devout and kind. "Hewas the mostwonderful person you could meet, a pillar of the community," Osborne told the British Jewish News. "Avraham prayed there most days for the last 10 years or so. He was a devout Jew with no political agenda. All he wanted was to live a peaceful life." The terrorists in Tuesday's attack were identified as Uday and Ghassan Abu Jamal. Presents The C ISSUE Publication ber I,2014 Deadline: December 3, 2014 A Chanukah Greeting is a Good Way to Thank Your Jewish Customers for Their Patronage or to Sell Your Holiday Merchandise For More Information Call 407-834-8787 By Alina D. Sharon JNS .org In the wake of a terrorist at- tack on the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nofneighborhood on Tuesday morning--which killed five people, including three Amer- ican citizens, and wounded at least seven other Jewish worshippers--Western me- dia organizations rushed to downplay the culpability of the Palestinian terrorists in the attack. The U.K.-based newspaper The Guardian published a Reuters story about the attack that was originally headlined "Palestinians kill four in Je- rusalem synagogue attack," but changed the headline to "Four worshippers killed in attack on Jerusalem syna- gogue." (Both headlines came before the death toll in the attack rose to five when a Druze policeman died of his wounds.) The Guardian also removed all references to Palestinians from the text of the article, writing only that "two men" had perpetuated the attack. A Canadian Broadcasting Corporation article on the attack was headlined "Jeru- salem police fatally shoot 2 after apparent synagogue attack," implying that most of the culpability lies with Israeli police for responding to the attack. In what might have been an accidental--though still highly irresponsible--gaffe, CNN mislabeled its initial TV coverage of the terror attack with the headline, "Deadly attack on Jerusalem mosque." "I would say [the CNN 'mosque' error was] predis- posed-an honest mistake that was probably not con- sciously made, but revela- tory of subconscious preju- dice Such mistakes, perhaps honest in individual cases, suggest by their numbers and repeated occurrences a pattern indicating underly- ing predisposition or bias. Israelis and Jews are filtered through the false history of 'the Palestinian narrative,'" D DLY ATTACK ON 3ERUSALEH Screenshot from the Jerusalem Post CNN's initial report on the Nov. 18 terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, which mislabeled the location of the attack as a "mosque,' falsely implying that Jews had perpe- trated violence against Muslims. Eric Rozeman, Washington director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAM- ERA), told Such factual errors--as well as alterations to the context surrounding terrorist attacks and other violence by Palestinians against Israe- lis--are frequently docu- mented by CAMERA. The media watchdog group's analysis on coverage of the Nov. 18 synagogue attack (and other recent incidents) can be found here. As CAMERA noted, when a Palestinian driver ran over pedestrians in Jerusalem last month--after which point police officers responded by shooting the assailant, as they likely would do if such an incident oc- curred anywhere else--the initial Associated Press head- line was "Israeli Police shoot man in east Jerusalem." This headline, though later revised, was online for some time and omitted the entire terror attack that provided the context for the police shooting. CAMERA also pointed out what it called "passive language" in the initial New York Times headline on the synagogue attack. The head- line had stated, "Four Killed in Jerusalem Synagogue Com- plex," without any mention of terrorism. "The New York Times, too, is displaying its usual skittish- ness about headlines clearly stating Palestinians carried out violence," CAMERA said. The Boston Globe print edi- tion's front page, meanwhile, on Nov. 19 ran the headline "5 dead in Jerusalem Attack" alongwith the subhead"2 Pal- estinian assailants also killed in violence at synagogue," seemingly giving moral equiv- alence to the deaths of Jewish worshippers and the terrorists who murdered them. Matti Friedman, a former Associated Press correspon- dent, wrote a detailed argu- ment in Tablet magazine in August explaining why, in his view, Western media sys- tematically exhibit anti-Israel bias in their reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read his analysis here. Citing Friedman's piece, CAMERA's Rozenman ex- plained that while the media is relegating Israelis and Jews "to their 'proper,' not really newsworthy, status as 'nor- mal' victims," Palestinian Ar- abs since 1967 have managed "a double victory--portraying themselves as 'abnormal victims.'" "This long ago became a de- fault position of those opposed to Israel ideologically, and that has percolated through the media," Rozenman told --With reporting by Jacob Kamaras