NBC Correspondent Repeatedly Says Palestinians’ ‘Three Days of Rage’ Started off ‘Peaceful’
NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin has made a point to refer to the Palestinian protests that broke out in the Gaza Strip and West Bank following President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as “peaceful.”
Palestinian leaders called for “three days of rage” this week to protest Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to make preparations to move the U.S. embassy in Israel there.
“We call on all our people in Israel and around the world to gather in city centers and Israeli embassies and consulates, with the aim of bringing about general popular anger,” the Palestinian “national and Islamic forces” said in a statement.
Protests subsequently broke out in the Palestinian territories, leading to violent clashes with Israel authorities.
Reporting from the West Bank, Mohyeldin said at least four different times on MSNBC on Thursday that the protests started out as “peaceful” before escalating. Mohyeldin was accompanied on screen by images of flares, fires, and people fleeing the vicinity as he was reporting.
In one clip, Mohyeldin was wearing full-body police armor, including a hazard helmet and bullet-proof vest.
“As you can imagine, the anger and the anxiety among ordinary Palestinians that began this morning in protests—peaceful protests—and demonstrations in city centers across the West Bank has spilled over to those clashes you see unfolding behind me now,” Mohyeldin said, with people standing around a fire in the street behind him.
Mohyeldin first called the demonstrations protests, before quickly reminding viewers that they started peacefully.
“Protest starting in places—very peaceful—but, as expected, they went out of the city centers to some of the flash points where the Israeli military bases are in and around the occupied cities, and that’s where we saw some of those clashes earlier,” Mohyeldin said in another report later in the day.
Mohyeldin also noted that the Palestinian people are still angry over Trump’s decision on Jerusalem.
“The protests started out early in the day in the city center—relatively peaceful, a lot of anger towards the American administration, President Trump, the international community for allowing this decision to go further,” the correspondent said.
In a fourth instance, Mohyeldin reported on the phone while MSNBC played images of people running and ducking away from flares, smoke, and fire.
“We actually had to go out to see first hand the protests that were taking place,” Mohyeldin said. “They began as peaceful protests, demonstrations, a lot of denunciation against the Trump administration and the international community for failing to prevent this decision, obviously a very sensitive subject for Palestinians.”
Mohyeldin described in some instances other scenes where Palestinian protesters were setting tires on fire, throwing rocks, trying to block critical roads, and clashing with Israeli soldiers, who used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse the crowds.
According to reports, 31 people have been wounded by Israeli troops during the clashes.