Sunday, June 10, 2018

Blowing smoke and ignoring Palestinian fires—both burning and impending - by Sean Durns

Many Western media outlets ignore stories that depict either Israeli suffering or Palestinian independent agency, preferring instead narrative-based reporting that depicts the former as aggressors and the latter as perennial victims.

Sean Durns..
08 June '18..

Where there is smoke, the saying goes, there is fire. But if you’re Palestinians committing mass arson against Israelis, there might not be media coverage. Many major U.S. news outlets, despite the staggering damage to Israel’s economy and property, have ignored what should be a front-page story.

For more than two months, Palestinians have been sending hundreds of helium balloons and kites filled with flammable material over the Gaza border and into Israel. This method of terrorism via mass arson has gained steam in recent weeks, with the Israeli Defense Ministry estimating on June 5 that more than 600 incendiary kites and balloons have crossed the border.

These “fire kites” have burned more than 4,300 acres of land on the Israeli side of the Gaza border—more than half of which has been in once-pristine nature reserves. More than 250 fires have caused an estimated $1.4 million in damage to farmland alone. The damage to both crops and livelihoods has been extensive, and Israeli farmers in the area reportedly plan to sue Hamas, the U.S.-designated terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, in the International Criminal Court.

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