“We are sure that Israel is using a new chemical or radioactive
weapon in their operation…When we try to X-ray dead bodies, we find no
trace of shrapnel that hit the person killed.” Dr. al-Saqqa, Shifa hospital,
Gaza; following the examination of the “completely burnt” bodies
of dead Palestinians killed in Israeli air raid.
Question: How many editorials or op-ed columns have appeared
in American newspapers defending the rights of Palestinian civilians to live
in peace without the constant threat of being invaded or shelled by the world’s
forth largest military?
How many editorials or op-ed columnists have defended the Geneva Conventions
or international laws against collective punishment, the willful destruction
of critical infrastructure, or military maneuvers that deliberately put civilians
in imminent danger?
Then how many editorials or op-ed columnists have presented the recent flurry
of events (including the capture of Israeli soldier Galid Shalit) in the broader
context of Israel’s ongoing boycott of food and medical supplies, as well
as the 50 or so Palestinian civilians who have been killed in Israel’s
regular incitements in the occupied territories?
The account of Palestinian suffering and victim-hood rarely finds its way into
the mainstream press, but in the present case, it has been completely ignored.
In fact, none of the media provide any context for the current invasion at all.
Israel’s blockade of food and lethal provocations have been going on for
months, and yet, the accounts from Gaza would have the reader believe that history
began on the day that the Israeli soldier was captured.
Sure, if the reader wants a balanced perspective, he can go to the internet
and choose from the many articles which provide the Israeli or Palestinian perspective
of events, but the mainstream media?
Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.
The bias has grown into such an impenetrable cloud of pro-Israeli rubbish that
it’s laughable. In fact, its more likely to stumble across the random
article lambasting Bush or Cheney than anything remotely critical of Israel.
There’s no debate about the facts of Israel’s brutal siege of Gaza.
The only thing in dispute is the way those facts are skewed in the American
media. Pick up the New York Times and you would swear it was edited by Ariel
Sharon. There’s not even an attempt at evenhandedness; just the foolish
ruminations of scribes who think they can spin war crimes into hard-hitting
Israel has been pummeling Gaza for months; intentionally starving the beleaguered
occupants while lobbing 6,000 artillery shells into populated areas. Isn’t
that front page news?
Meanwhile, another 50 civilians have been bumped-off in gangland-style hits
("Targeted assassinations") authorized by the Knesset’s newest
Mafia Don, Ehud Olmert. Olmert has put the carnage and destruction into high-gear
eliciting criticism from his very own daughter who protested in front of her
father’s home with signs that said, “Stop the Killing” among
The Israelis have developed “sound machines” that emit ear-piercing
explosions that have been deployed in Gaza City to shatter windows, cause miscarriages,
and send children into deep trauma. It is a “terror device” pure
and simple; it has no other function except to produce massive fear and anxiety.
It is the latest weapon in the prodigious arsenal of the “world’s
most moral army” (Olmert quote)
So why can’t we get the real scoop about Israel’s depredations
in the territories or, at the very least, an occasional article providing a
differing point of view? Is that too much to ask?
Simply put, anyone who believes this nonsense about “the poor abducted
soldier” who fell prey to Hamas terrorists is a fool. The soldier is part
of an illegal occupation which has been condemned in countless UN resolutions
and which makes him a legitimate target in the struggle for national liberation.
Since his capture, he has received medical attention and, my guess is, he probably
hasn’t been tortured or abused at all. (which certainly would not be the
case if he was captured by Israeli or American forces)
So, who’re the terrorists here anyway?
Newly elected Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh has been calling for calm
and restraint throughout the entire 14 day ordeal. In fact, Haniyeh has made
repeated appeals to the militants to release the soldier unharmed even while
“Olmert the barbarian” was rampaging through Gaza blowing up roads,
electric power plants, water lines, and, yes, even schools.
Schools, for God’s sakes. That’s just flat nuts!
If Israel had any sense they’d dump Olmert the madman and appoint Haniyeh
as Prime Minister. So far, he’s the only one who has emerged from this
mess looking like a reasonable fellow. (Note: Israel continues to threaten his
Anyway, don’t expect objectivity from the American “free press”.
I had to search through the Arab media just to find out that the UN was sending
a fact-finding mission to Gaza to report on “Israel’s grave rights
violations”. Don’t you think that the American people would like
to know that little tidbit?
Or, that UN special-rapporteur, John Dugard is headed off to Gaza to investigate
the Israeli military’s “disproportionate use of force against civilians”.
Dugard said, “It is clear that Israel is in violation of the most fundamental
norms of humanitarian law and human rights.”
His comments have not appeared in any American newspaper.
Wouldn’t the American people want to know how far removed their government
is from the prevailing opinion of other countries?
Sure they would, but don’t expect the media to tell them.
The American public has no idea the effect this invasion has had on the Muslim
world; the mass demonstrations in Amman, Cairo, Tehran, Doha etc. They haven’t
heard the anger ring-out at the United Nations or the world leaders who are
sick and tired of the US defending Israel’s heavy-handed tactics.
The average American has no idea that Israel is keeping over 9,000 prisoners
locked up without charges and that over 400 of them are woman and children.
What the hell are they doing with children anyway? It’s an outrage.
It’s pretty clear that Israel would never get away with its crimes
against humanity if it didn’t have a trustworthy friend in the American
media. The streetwalking western press gave Bush a free pass on his Iraqi bloodbath;
now they’re abetting Israel in its terror-crusade in Gaza.
Read from Looking Glass News
"retaliation" and BBC double standards in Gaza
Zionist Falls and the BBC Goes Nuts.
Glossary of Dispossession: Hiding Behind Words
the BBC hollows out the "news"
Media Bias: Covering Israel/Palestine
don’t we know what is going on in Israel & Palestine?
Media Reports Selectively on Palestine