Be careful on Grapel headlines


To the Editor:

On the headline "New charges levied against accused spy Ilan Grapel," I think a headline like this automatically links Ilan Grapel with being a spy. It is better to have a headline like "Egypt levies new charges against Israeli-American Ilan Grapel."

We need to be careful how we phrase things. We are not sure what the truth is at this stage. I hope it is that he was just a naive young man wanting to work in Sudan and not a spy. We may have another Shalit situation where Egypt is cynically trying to leverage to get prisoners out of Israel.

Carol Ratnam
Wellington, New Zealand

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