The murders of Rabbis Aharon Bennett and Nehemia Lavi

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By Jon Sutz, Editor, SaveTheWest.com

An extension of “Chronology of Palestinian attacks during the Third Intifada”

(1) About Rabbis Bennett and Lavi, and their murders

(2) HuffPost never published a single news article about these rabbis’ murders; Here are some of the “news” items that it posted on its front page and World page, instead

(3) How does Huffington Post’s decision to ignore this story compare with the coverage that it provides to Palestinians, Islamist terrorists, animals and others who meet with misfortune?


(1) About Rabbis Bennet and Lavi, and their murders

Jerusalem: On October 3, 2015 a Palestinian terrorist stabbed Rabbi Aharon Bennett, 22, to death on the way to the Western Wall in the Old City on Saturday. Rabbi Bennett’s wife, Adele, and their two-year-old son were also stabbed.

Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a father of seven, who came to the aid of the Bennett family, was also attacked and stabbed to death.

About the Bennetts and Rabbi Levy:

From the Times of Israel:

Aharon Bennett

Rabbi Bennett, 22.

The two Israeli men who were killed Saturday evening in a terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City were named by police as Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Banita [Bennett], 22.

The two died of their wounds shortly after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City by a Palestinian terrorist.

Banita’s wife was in serious condition and their two-year-old baby was lightly wounded. She was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and was undergoing surgery. The toddler was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where he remained in stable condition.

Rabbi Lavi

Rabbi Lavi, 41.

Lavi, a Jerusalem resident, leaves behind a wife and seven children. A rabbi at the Old City’s Ateret Cohanim yeshiva who lived nearby, he had rushed to the scene when he heard screaming in the street.

From The Algemeiner [emphasis added]:

“I ran several meters with a knife stuck in my shoulder, covered in blood,” newly widowed Adele (Benita) Bennett told Israel’s Channel 2 on Sunday, from her hospital bed in Hadassah-Ein Kerem.

“And the Arabs watching applauded and spit at me, calling out, ‘You should die, too.’ The 22-year-old wife of murdered Aharon (Benita) Bennett, whose funeral she was unable to attend due to the critical injuries she sustained in the Jerusalem terror attack on Saturday night, recounted the terrifying ordeal, in which her two-year-old son was also stabbed. […]

Adele Bennet

Adele Bennett speaks to Prime Minister Netanyahu in the hospital where she and her 2-year-old son are recovering from the attack.

Many Arabs were around us watching what was happening. They simply laughed and smiled.  I really begged, ‘Help me, help me!

“He [the terrorist] pushed Aharon down to the ground and continued stabbing him. I tried to fight him, to get the knife out of his hand. I realized I wouldn’t be able to; I felt I was about to fall. I thought I had to alert security forces.”

From Israel National News, video of Prime Minister Netanyahu visiting Mrs. Bennett and her two-year-old son in the hospital, as they recovered from stab wounds [emphasis added]:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu visited the bedside of Adele Bennett-Benita, whose husband Aharon Benita Bennett, 21, was murdered in the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday night. […]

“They had murder in their eyes,” she recalled [about the terrorists] “They were drinking coke meanwhile… laughed in my face… I ran and cried for help… you could see the hatred in their eyes! You could see that everything was planned, they knew how to do it…”


(2) HuffPost never published a single news article about these rabbis’ murders; Here are some of the “news” items that it posted on its front page and World page, instead

The Huffington Post’s own search engine proves it ignored the murders of Rabbis Bennett and Lavi. 

A September 13, 2017 search using the string “Nehemia Lavi Aharon Bennett” returned only one result: an editorial, published on October 22, 2015, that mentioned the rabbis’ names in the body copy, but not the headline:

So what kinds of “news” stories, then, did HuffPost’s editors decide were more worthy of appearing on its front page and World page, during the two days that followed these murders (October 4-5)?  Here’s a sampling:

October 4: The fourth straight day that HuffPost sympathized, on its front page, with a convicted murderer:

10-04-2015 FPHL 07-01 - HP weeps for murderer day4 FPOctober 5: HuffPost cheered a dog’s courage:

10-05-2015 FPHL 10-04 HP cheers brave dog on FPOctober 4: For the third straight day on its front page, HuffPost celebrated an actress who posed nude and makeup-free for a magazine:

10-04-2015 FPHL 07-01 - Demi Lovato nude day3 FPOctober 4: HuffPost decided that “Slut Walk” celebrity trash talk was worthy of positioning as “news” on its front page; the Bennet and Lavi families’ tragedies, not:

10-04-2015 FPHL 21-41 Slutwalk trash talkOctober 4: Cats fight with their own shadows (front page):

10-04-2015 FPHL 21-41 cats in battles with shadows FP


(3) How does Huffington Post’s decision to ignore this story compare with the coverage that it provides to Palestinians, terrorists, animals and others who meet with misfortune?

Here is a sampling of the prominent, sympathetic, graphic coverage that HuffPost provides to:


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