(Yaakov M / VINnews) — The Jerusalem Post has again shown its bias against Charedim.
In a story Wednesday about a bus driver arrested for abuse of a special-needs child, the Post used an image of a Charedi mother and children standing near a school bus. The clear (yet bogus) implication was that the students and others involved were Charedi Jews.
However the reality is, the story took place in a rural Pennsylvania town, and there is no indication that Jews were involved. The news outlet eventually changed the image to a generic school bus, after being called out by a noted Charedi journalist.
The story involved a school bus driver in Pennsylvania, arrested for duct-taping a child to a seat on her bus March 8. Juliet Pratt (not a Jew) was charged with unlawful restraint, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and assault.
Surveillance video showed Pratt using duct tape to restrain the 10-year-old child who was already wearing a safety belt, and reportedly has Down syndrome.
The video shows Pratt placing the duct tape around the kid’s ankles and chest.
The initial image depicted a Charedi mother, apparently in the New York area. Mishpacha Editor Yochonon Donn tweeted the image and wrote: “A school bus driver is arrested in… (squinting) Pennsylvania but the Post shows a picture of an Orthodox mother. We have enough tzuris without the Post making stuff up about is. There’s no way this wasn’t done to stereotype our community.”
The Post later changed the image but did not issue an apology or admission.