Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Question: Does the Media Really Understand the Gaza Violence? - by Simon Plosker

As the flames of the burning tires die down and the black smoke clears from the air around the Gaza border, Israel faces a fresh assault – one it has seen on many an occasion – an assault on its legitimacy and its public image.

Simon Plosker..
Honest Reporting..
15 May '18..

Following scenes of violence at the Gaza border on Monday, Israel now stands accused by its critics of various crimes against the Palestinian people.

Who benefits from the images of dead and injured Palestinians? There is only one winner in this situation and Israelis are certainly not celebrating the bloodshed. The images of Israelis celebrating the US Embassy move at the same time, however, create a false image of Israeli insensitivity.

For the Hamas terrorist organization, it was always likely to be a win-win situation. Succeed in overwhelming Israeli military forces by breaching the Gaza security fence enabling Palestinian terrorists to carry out attacks against Israelis is a win. Failing that, scenes of carnage bringing the world’s opprobrium on Israel would be a public relations victory enabled by a willing media.

It appears that the latter scenario has been achieved in blood by Hamas and its supporters.

Facebook posts in Arabic (translated here) made it crystal clear what Hamas intended:

Given this scenario, which media covered events in a fair way and which jumped on the bandwagon of condemnation?

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