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Friday, August 19, 2011

As usual, we're the bad guys

Apparently, Israel's swift response to yesterday's unprovoked three pronged terror attack gave the New York Times the opening they needed to frame their initial coverage of the events as follows:

"Attacks near a Red Sea resort Prompted a fierce Israeli bombing raid On Gaza and escalated tensions with Gaza and Egypt."

Please note:

1. The attacks were not attributed to anyone. Apparently The Times didn't care to even speculate who might have carried out the attacks.

2. The name, and even nationality, of the resort - Eilat - was also omitted, since it is an Israeli city, and an attack on an Israeli civilian target might make a retaliation seem, what's the word... justified?!

3. The initial attack is not described using any potentially prejudicial terminology; not 'terror', and certainly not 'fierce'. The latter descriptive having been attributed only to Israel's response.

4. Although there were ample photos available from the scene of the three pronged terror attack, The Times opted to only show a photo taken in Gaza of a Red Crescent medic caring for wounded Palestinians.

5. Any time blame is assigned for tensions in the region, it is Israel which is singled out. The relentless firing of missiles at our civilian population centers should not cause heightened tensions, nor should frequent terror attacks and incitement. No, only when Israel acts is it a cause for heightened tension. To this end, the UN's Ban and Palestinian tool Erekat had strikingly similar statements immediately following the terror attack:

Ban Ki moon softened his condemnation of the terror attack by completing the breath with his concerne "at the risk of escalation and calls for all to act with restraint". In other words Israel is expected not to react, because that would be an escalation. What message does that send to the terrorists if they know that after even the most heinous attacks, the international community will try to tie Israel's hands?

Saab Erekat went even further by "warning Israel against irresponsible action in Gaza.". I've written frequently in the past about the overt infantilization of the Palestinians by the international community. They are apparently incapable of rational thought or self control, to the extent that all violence emanating from the Palestinian camp is described as 'spontaneous'. Now even one of the Palestinian' most vocal spokesmen is taking this line. A carefully planned and executed Palestinian terror attack and non-stop rocket fire on Israeli cities is not irresponsible. But any reprisal on Israel's part is. You do the math.

One thing is sure. When the issue of Palestinian readiness for statehood comes to a vote in September, nobody will hold them accountable for the type of behavior that will officially be considered state sponsored terrorism once the votes are counted.

Posted by David Bogner on August 19, 2011 | Permalink


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When I clicked on the headline link, I found the headline has changed. The article, however, is still highly-biased against Israel. Frankly, I'm surprised the NY Times didn't just print "Evil Jews killing our friends"... after all, that's what they believe.

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Aug 19, 2011 3:40:44 PM

Another reason to read the Wall Street Journal. The front page (above the fold) blub is: "Militants killed eight Israelis in a series of bold attacks on civilian buses and cars on a highway next to the border with Egypt."

The article itself has the headline: "Israel Retaliates in Gaza After Militants Kill Eight"

While I would have preferred "terrorists" to "militants" at least that have the right perspective, and in the article they do refer to the attack as a "terrorist offensive."

Posted by: Raz | Aug 19, 2011 5:00:08 PM

if they attain statehood and then fire rockets is it then considered an act of war?

Posted by: dave | Aug 19, 2011 6:10:59 PM

I`m waiting for Norway`s official comment on the incident. I`ll be very surprised if it doesn`t relflect the usual"cycle of violence" theme,despite their recent experience with a similar attack.

Posted by: ED | Aug 19, 2011 6:42:59 PM

The terrorist attack in Norway was not similar ... it was a terrorist attack in NORWAY, not Israel. Totally different.

Posted by: Drew | Aug 19, 2011 10:06:14 PM

Every word you write Trep could be written double and in bold block letters about the UK Guardian and Independent's reporting. I'm almost bursting with rage. There hardly seems any point in blogging about this misreporting and slanted headlines - it;s water off a duck's back to them and if they deign to correct their headlines or stories it's way too late an the damage is done.

Posted by: anneinpt | Aug 21, 2011 12:28:35 AM

If anything, the new headline is worse:

"Israelis Hit Gaza and Militants Fire Rockets After Deadly Attacks"

Note that the first action is attributed to Israel- it's only at the end of the line that you see that there were anonymous "attacks"- which, based on the construction of the sentence, you can actually read as attributed to Israel if you didn't know. Of course, the rockets fired are portrayed as a justifiable response to Israel's (indiscriminate and unjustified) "hit," no more.

Let's just note, for the record, that the Times' distributor in Israel is Haaretz.

Posted by: Nachum | Aug 21, 2011 1:03:26 AM

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