CNN reporter refers to Israelis cheering missile strikes as ‘scum’

July 18, 2014 11:53 am 0 comments Views: 90

Diana Magnay

CNN journalist on the Israel-Gaza border created controversy Thursday when she tweeted that Israelis who could be heard cheering while a presumed rocket was landing in Gaza were “scum.”

After a report on Israelis troops moving into Gaza, CNN international correspondent Diana Magnay tweeted,  “Israelis on the hill above Sderot as bombs land on Gaza; threatened to ‘destroy our car if I said wrong word’. Scum”

The tweet was deleted a short time later, but people werealready attacking Magnay for the comment.

During her report, Magnay described the scene from the border. “It is an astonishing, macabre and awful thing to watch this display of fire in the air.”

CNN did not immediately return a call for comment.

After 10 days of artillery exchanges with Palestinian militants, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered ground troops into the Gaza Strip on Thursday night, escalating a conflict that has claimed more than 220 lives, all but one of them Palestinian.

Under cover of darkness, tanks rolled across the northwestern border of the coastal enclave, backed by intense shelling from the air and sea, witnesses said.

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