Wednesday, December 12, 2018

From Gaza: A gift from Hamas HQ to the anti-Israel activist. A gift of poison. - by David Collier

...Scores of people in Gaza work on this propaganda production line. This industry of hate continues without pause. Conditioned to ignore all mainstream media, there is an unfiltered line between the propaganda message coming from Gaza and anti-Israel activists. It is a constant drumbeat, providing a perpetual infusion that dehumanises Israelis. Truth does not matter in this void because nobody is checking. There are no moderating influences and the messages cross continents in seconds.

David Collier..
Beyond the Great Divide..
12 December '18..

On November 11, there was a ‘botched’ Israeli special forces raid near Khan Yunis in Gaza. We cannot know exactly what the mission intended, but Nour Baraka, a regional commander of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades (military wing of Hamas) was one of those killed in the exchange of fire. Following the Israeli operation, Hamas fired over 460 rockets at Israel in twenty-five hours.

When situations such as this arise, the Hamas propaganda machine moves from ‘normal mode’ to ‘overdrive’. Hamas have a firm control over the Gaza Strip and it would be logical to assume that includes a grip over the messages that escape from it.

When the news first broke, rumours began to fly about kidnapped Israeli soldiers, there were Hamas statements and images of Israeli army helicopters arriving at an Israeli hospital. It took about two-three hours for the story to settle. These two posts were made within a few minutes of each other. Al-Jazeera posted on 11 Nov at 22:30, Robert Inlakesh beat them by twelve minutes, posting at 22:18. Both these screenshots were taken within an hour of the post being made.

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