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Media Bias in Coverage of Israeli Response to Terrorist Attacks from Gaza

Posted by GayPatriotWest at 5:40 pm - October 30, 2007.
Filed under: Media Bias,Politics abroad,War On Terror

In few areas is the media as biased as it is in its coverage of Israel. Almost from the moment Israel turned over control of the Gaza Strip to Palestinian authorities in 2005, residents of the territory have fired rockets into sovereign Israeli territory. Last year, terrorists crossed into Israel murdering several soldiers and kidnapping another. They’re still holding that man hostage.

In order to tighten the screws on Hamas, the terrorist organization which controls the Strip, and get it to comply with international law, Israel is reducing the amount of electricity and natural gas it supplies to the territory. But, instead of focusing in Hamas’s toleration (indeed, sanction) of rocket attacks (from territory it controls) on civilian targets in Israel for two years, a McClatchy newspaper report (featured on Yahoo!’s home page) focuses on the toll of the Israeli cut-off on the Palestinians.

At the same time, this “news” service gives short shrift to the toll of the Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel.

If this news outlet were less biased, they might also consider how the policies of the terrorist administration of the territory drain the lifeblood of Gaza’s economy away. For example, author Dion Nissenbaum writes, “Greenhouses along the coast lie abandoned.” He doesn’t note that Israelis built those greenhouses when they controlled the territory and that Palestinians looted them right after the Jewish State ceded control. That is, the greenhouses have not been abandoned because of Israeli policies, but because of the failiure of Palestinian authorities to secure and rebuild them.

Nissenbaum does include two quotations from one Israeli official defending the reductions (at the end of the article), but largely focuses on the economic privations of the Gazans. Since he includes speculation that the Israeli cut-off may violate international law, he should also point out that the Palestinian rocket attacks clearly violate international law and note as well the United Nations has done nothing to stop them.

If he were an honest reporter, he would begin by noting that Israeli is limiting the supply of electricity and natural gas to Gaza in response to terrorist attacks coming from Gaza, rather than waiting until the end of his article to introduce this information.



  1. Honest reporter? What’s that? Reporting used to be, telling the news as it happened. Nowadays it’s all about changing the world, opining instead of reporting.
    There are two evils in the world, America the big Satan and Israel the little Satan. In order to indoctrinate the public, one mustn’t tell the truth, one must keep the lie going that Israel is to blame for all that is wrong with the Palestinians. So Israel pulled out, left 2 years ago, and the place became a hell hole. Well, more of a hell hole than it was before.
    Gaza was never a model of anything. Those greenhouse you mentioned? I worked in them when they were new, and I was a Settler. There wasn’t much to like about our Arab neighbors, especially when it came to human rights. Honor killing of women was very common, and although Israel ‘controlled’ the strip at the time, they tried not to get involved with a lot of the internal workings of the society.

    So now the world is upset that Israel may use economic sanctions against missiles. How about using missiles against missiles, wouldn’t that be a little more fair?

    Nissenbaum, (gee he sounds Jewish) is just doing his part, paving the way for Islamofacism and hate to take over the world. It is clear that there is absolutely no legitimate reaction to missiles landing in a civilian town. All the Israelis can do, is sit there and take it.

    Comment by Leah — October 30, 2007 @ 7:37 pm - October 30, 2007

  2. I thought the UN was supposed to disarm Hamas.

    Comment by ThatGayConservative — October 30, 2007 @ 9:32 pm - October 30, 2007

  3. The only thing the UN is interested in disarming is the United States.

    Anyone who shoots at Israel is fine by them — and anyone who threatens to wipe Israel out of existence is hunky-dory.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — October 31, 2007 @ 3:39 am - October 31, 2007

  4. I am pro-Israel myself. Too much time as a hired hand in reform Temple choirs, I guess. But there is a lot of media bias around the globe in the coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. So much so it’s hard to know what is really going on. Does anyone report on this story without some bias? (I’m not asking rhetorically. I would like to read something that I thought was just fact based and not slanted one way or the other.)

    Comment by Houndentenor — November 4, 2007 @ 1:54 pm - November 4, 2007

  5. #2 – I think you’re thinking of Hezballah

    Comment by Vince P — November 4, 2007 @ 2:08 pm - November 4, 2007

  6. #4

    These are teh facts

    – Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza 1-2 years ago. Kicked out all the settlers and left behind some economic facilities like greenhouses

    – On the very day Israel left, HAMAS destroyed the greenhouses and began firing rockets into Israel proper.

    – HAMAS has been basically shelling Israel EVERY SINGLE DAY since then.

    EVERY DAY (nearly)

    A month or two ago, Israel declared Gaza to be a hostile entity.

    Last week the Cabinet decied that every time a rocket gets launched to Israel, Israel will shut off electicity for a whopping 15 minutes. with an increasing length of time for shut-off if more rockets get launched up to a maximum of 3 hours of power cut off.

    Those aare the facts.

    Comment by Vince P — November 4, 2007 @ 2:13 pm - November 4, 2007

  7. This is news today..

    At least one woman was suffering from shock after three Kassam rockets were fired at Sderot late Sunday morning, Israel Radio reported. One of the rockets hit a house and another hit an electrical line, causing a complete blackout in the western Negev town.

    The siren system and 106 emergency hotline were offline following the attack, leaving the town’s residents without even the means to prepare in case another rocket salvo would follow later in the day, the town’s press representative told The Jerusalem Post.

    Comment by Vince P — November 4, 2007 @ 3:47 pm - November 4, 2007

  8. Solidarity with Sderot.

    Comment by anja — January 15, 2008 @ 7:57 pm - January 15, 2008

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