The Western Media and Israel’s Bombardment of Gaza
Posted on December 10th, 2012

Hameed Abdul Karim

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s unilateral bombardment of Gaza received the expected support from the American media which in turn extended to the rest of the Western media including the BBC. All described it as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”warƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like as if a battle was being fought between two armies of equal military and economic strength.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ What was not mentioned was that the Hamas was equipped with primitive rockets while Israel was armed to the teeth with American supplied high tech weaponry. Neither was the fact that Israel is the 8thƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ powerful army in the world, known by its Orwellian term as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Israeli Defense force (IDF). This is the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”defenseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ force that has attacked all its neighbours since its creation. Israel continues to occupy sections of lands belonging to its neighbours till today. Besides itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s the only nation that talks of attacking one country or another ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” Iran in particular ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢¢”š¬…” like as if itƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s planning a day of fun and frolic prompting Norman Finklestein, a leading anti Israel activist, to describe Israel as a lunatic state. Finklestein is a Jew and his parents were survivors of GermanyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Nazi camps.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ As Israel fired one volley after the other on the impoverished 24 square mile enclave of Gaza, the Western media jumped to whitewash its crimes. The narrative that emanated from the West was that Israel was innocent and all what the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”poor little Jewish stateƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ was doing was to protect its civilians from the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”barbarityƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ of HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ rockets that were being fired into Israel. Israeli spokesman, the Australian-Israeli citizen Mark Regev, parroted the threadbare line that Israel was responding to HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ rockets and that if only Hamas stopped their ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”terrorismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ everything would be hunky dory. No mention need be made of HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s record of keeping the truce. Neither should it be mentioned that it was Israel who is in the habit of breaking truces whenever it suits them. This time there is an election around the corner, like in 2008 when Israel ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”testedƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ its US supplied White Phosphorous Gas on unarmed civilians in Gaza. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ItƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s reported that Benyamin Netanyahu will certainly win the election come January largely because of his ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”firmness in dealing with HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ terrorismƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Killing the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”otherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to win elections is not a new phenomenon in modern day ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”democraciesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢!

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ BBC described IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s assault on Gaza as ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”violenceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like as if it was reporting a brawl at a football match. This ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”violenceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ erupted when Israel broke the truce when it assassinated HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Ahmed Jabari described as a ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”strongmanƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ a la Saddam Hussein. ThatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s when history started, not in 1917 with the Balfour Declaration. And guess what? According to the Israeli paperƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Haaretz,(15 November, 2012)Jabari was working on a draft for a permanent truce agreement with Israel, according to Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin who had mediated the release of the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit. Not surprisingly the Western media ignored this salient fact and continued to dehumanise the Palestinians in its usual predictable manner. Sure Ahmed Jabari was a Hamas ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”militantƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and on account of that he was not human. And so his murder was justified as yet another ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”humanitarianƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ killing or to use US-Israeli Orwellian terminology – ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”targeted assassinationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ JabariƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s murder clearly indicates that Israel is not interested in peace at all, despite its hoary claims of looking for ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”partners for peace amongst the PalestiniansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢. Those who had fallen for this Israeli myth have paid with their lives. Yassir Arafat, as non- Western media reports first indicated, was allegedly murdered with poisonous gas and Ahmed Jabari will not be the last of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”peace partnersƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ to be killed as long as the Western media covers up IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s murderous blood lust.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ All the while that Israel inhumanely bombed Gaza, the Western media never failed to add the rider that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”the US has designated Hamas as a terrorist organisationƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ which made the reader or viewer think that it was kosher to kill Palestinians and if a few children were killed in the process it would be HamasƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s fault for bringing this tragedy on themselves. Instead the narrative was that Israel had to ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”retaliateƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ as any ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”democracyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ would in such a situation. Words like ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”democracyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢, ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”civiliansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ and peaceful co-existenceƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ were bandied about to justify IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s atrocities and to befuddle the already biased mindsets of Western viewers and readers. Obama came with the statement that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Israel has the right to self defenseƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like as if Israel was at risk of being ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”wiped off the mapƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like Palestine was. What Obama and other Western leaders do in supporting Israel in its terrorism is to allow Israel to flourish in their favourite pastime – the sense of victimhood. ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ No mention is ever made of the daily humiliation and suffering of the Palestinians at the hands of the Israeli oppressors. No mention is made of the Israeli occupation of Palestine or its gross violations of international law like ethnic cleansing since its creation in 1948. No mention is ever made of the Palestinians inherent right to be free from Israeli occupation. No mention is ever made of the PalestiniansƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ right to resist Israeli occupation.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ The perpetual dehumanising of Arabs in general and Palestinians in particular helped reinforce the strong biases this time around as well. Unfortunately for the West the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Arab SpringƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ has removed some of the rigid prejudices that were held with movements like the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in the U.S. and anti-austerity movements in Europe emulating Thahir Square. This has dented the WestƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”dehumanisingƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ strategy of the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”otherƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ like nothing has. The Arabs appear all too human now.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ On the positive side, there are cracks appearing in the American media. Thomas Friedman, who has always been on IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s side come what may had rapped Israel on the knuckles in a piece titled ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”My President is BusyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ that appeared in the staunchly pro-Israel New York Times. Whether this article was against the xenophobic Netanyahu or IsraelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s policies in the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”occupied territoriesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ (as Palestine is often described), is anybodyƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s guess. If the America press, and especially the press in its client states in Europe and elsewhere, are to maintain their flimsy credibility on the Palestinian issue they will have to breakƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the parameters of ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”permissible discussionƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ from within which they operate. But thatƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s a big ask.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

One Response to “The Western Media and Israel’s Bombardment of Gaza”

  1. HussainFahmy Says:

    Western immigrants began with the invasion of a native populated country and a genocide of its people. Once entrenched it embraced enslavement. With those pillars of state in place it declared itself a state. The Zionist elite that built its absolute control on the muscle and blood, ignorance and credulity of its citizenry. Now the Zionists owns and controls the EU/US and its people.

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