Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Gaza and the invasion of the ‘body counters’ - by Stephen M. Flatow

...Supporters of Israel have no need to feel defensive or apologetic about aggressive Gaza firebomb-throwers suffering a higher fatality rate than the Israelis. Molotov cocktails and rocks can be deadly, but the guns of Israeli soldiers are more powerful and effective. And that’s good. We all know what happened to the Jews the last time our enemies had superior weapons. I, for one, am glad the tables have turned.

Stephen M. Flatow..
10 April "18..

Almost every headline about the latest Gaza violence focuses on the number of Arabs who were killed the previous day.

For editors and journalists who are biased against Israel, the current round of violence is tailor-made for their agenda. That’s because the side with more victims always attracts the most sympathy—at least, from readers and viewers who are only superficially acquainted with the facts and don’t have the time or interest to delve deeper into the story. In other words, the large majority of readers and viewers.

Of course, if you think carefully about it, you realize that a body count cannot possibly tell you which side is the aggressor and which side is the victim. A lot more Germans died in World War II than Americans. That didn’t make Germany the victim—or deserving of any sympathy. But most people don’t think about that. This is what biased editors count on.

Don’t be fooled by claims that the media emphasizes the number of casualties simply because they’re reporting the most important fact of the story. The Reuters headline on March 30 did not have to be worded: “Israeli Forces Kill 16 Palestinians in Gaza Border Protests.” Such language clearly gives the impression that the Israelis killed them merely because they were “protesting.” The headline could just as easily (and more accurately) have said: “16 Palestinian Firebomb-Throwers Killed in Gaza.” Or “Israelis Shoot Back, Kill 16 Palestinian Attackers.”

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