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Thursday, August 04, 2011

Newsworthy

A quick survey of European and US media outlets this morning shows a paucity of news about Israel right now.

If there is news about the near east, it is presented in the following order:

1. How the social justice protests (AKA tent protests) in Israel are analogous of the 'Arab Spring' uprisings.

2. How Israel continues to attack Gaza with helicopter gunships and drones (not to mention the ongoing 'illegal blockade')

3. Occasionally buried in the second category of Israel-related news, somewhere after the third or fourth paragraph, is sometimes a mention of how Israel's attacks on Gaza are actually a retaliation for a renewal (did it ever really stop?) of terrorist rocket fire aimed at Israeli towns and cities. But even then it is framed in the tired, equovical language of 'the cycle of violence' which makes both sides seem equally culpable.

What almost nobody outside of Israel is reporting (at least not prominently) is that the rockets/missiles being fired from Gaza are now long range 'Grad' Ketyusha type weapons that are landing in/near large cities such as Ashqelon and Kiryat Gat... nowhere near the Gaza border.

So far the IDF response to these deliberate attacks on Israeli civilian population centers has been to bomb arms smuggling tunnels and other purely military targets.

But given that Hamas deliberately blurs the lines between military and civilian enclaves in Gaza... it is only a matter of time before the front page of the Guardian, New York Times and LA Times have color photos of poor, dead Palestinian civilians in Gaza as a result of Israel's brutal 'war crimes' because, well, that's newsworthy!

Posted by David Bogner on August 4, 2011 | Permalink

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In France there has been news about the social justice protests but they never presented them as being analogous to the "Arab Spring" uprisings. Instead they have focused on the cost of living and have interviewed Israeli French speakers. However items 2 and 3 of your list are not mentioned at all.

Posted by: Ilana-Davita | Aug 4, 2011 9:44:08 AM

David,

unfortunately this is nothing new. That is the way the media report in Germany as well. But I found something positiv in it! This way my wife will not hear it and worry about me when I go to Quiriat Gat. I currently spend half of my time there. ;-)

Regards,
Kurt.

Posted by: Kurt | Aug 4, 2011 3:35:27 PM

Kurt... How is it that we haven't gotten together? I work in Beer Sheva and would gladly take the route past Kiryat Gat home if it meant being able to meet you for coffee!

Posted by: treppenwitz | Aug 4, 2011 4:31:29 PM

Syria and now the Egyptian trials seem to have removed Israel from the front pages lately.The problems with the war in Libya are also featured. I hope Syria doesn`t stir things up with Israel to take the attention away from their brutal killings.

Posted by: ED | Aug 4, 2011 5:01:03 PM

David, since when is "Dog bites man" news?

Posted by: Batya | Aug 4, 2011 8:33:00 PM

This morning I looked up "grad rocket". But of course, I didn't see that mentioned in any of my usual morning news sites.

Posted by: At The Back of the Hill | Aug 4, 2011 11:28:07 PM

Oh, that probably means that the story of the stoned-to-death dog has finally sunken below top 10.


0_o

Posted by: a. | Aug 4, 2011 11:40:40 PM

Trepp, I just can't understand how the Israelis get such negative and biased coverage in the world media -- after all, according to the Muslim Jihadists, Jews control the world media, and banking, and entertainment, and the military...

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Aug 5, 2011 5:01:36 AM

From the New York Times:

Israel Kills Two Palestinians as Raid in West Bank Refugee Camp Goes Awry
By ETHAN BRONNER
Troops killed the two Palestinians after raiding several houses and being set upon by stone-throwing residents.

August 1, 2011
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So next Sunday when you're reading your favorite newspaper, ask yourself,
"Do I really want to patronize a corporation that hates me?"

Posted by: antares | Aug 5, 2011 8:58:35 AM

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