A petition was launched over the weekend calling on NBC to fire MSNBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin for his misleading report on a stabbing in Jerusalem last week.
The petition, which has more than 14,000 signatures as of Monday afternoon, calls on NBC to have “Ayman removed from our television sets and have him stop poisoning the minds of the less informed.”
Last week, Mohyeldin reported on the failed stabbing attack by Palestinian terrorist Bassel Sidar, who attempted to stab Israeli police outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. Sidar was shot dead by police.
In his report, Mohyeldin said that he did not see the alleged stabbing attempt and that the assailant was unarmed.
“He did not look to be particularly armed. Again, that was confirmed by the fact that the police ultimately removed his clothes,” Mohyeldin claimed.
But Mohyeldin was interrupted by MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, who showed a picture of the Palestinian terrorist clearly holding a knife in his right hand.
“But in the video that we have that you have…we can clearly see the man in camouflage t-shirt and pants with what appears to be at least in his right hand, a knife,” Diaz-Balart said.
Mohyeldin then backtracked, saying, “The point I was trying to make was that when they flipped the body over… it was at that point that his hands were empty.”
Mohyeldin, an Egyptian American, has long been accused of harboring anti-Israel bias and came under fire for his reporting during last year’s conflict in Gaza. He reported that an Israeli drone shot a missile at a Gaza hospital when in fact it was an Islamic Jihad rocket that fell short.