Spinning Gaza — How the Jewish-run media justifies Israeli bloodlust
With Israel’s barbarous attack on the Gaza Strip now well into its second week, the Palestinian death toll has risen to almost 700, including large numbers of women and children. While Israel says its objective is to destroy the Palestinian resistance group Hamas — which was democratically elected in 2006 legislative elections — it is, in reality, systematically murdering the Gaza Strip’s civilian population.
Even before the assault, the Gaza Strip had been subject to an international “embargo” — supported by the Zionist-run US, EU and UN — that destroyed its economy and deprived its 1.5 million inhabitants of food, medicine and fuel. Now, the people of Gaza are being pounded from air, land and sea by Israel’s U.S.-funded war machine.
The Jewish-run “mainstream media,” meanwhile, has gone into overdrive, justifying the killing by doing what it does best: portraying “poor little Israel” as the blameless victim in an existential struggle with Islamic “terror.” The following January 5 article from the Associated Press (AP) — written by Zionist propagandist Arthur Max — is a case in point.
Israelis relieved as army moves to halt rockets
The Associated Press
January 5, 2009
By Arthur Max
SDEROT, Israel — Israelis bombarded by Palestinian rockets have begun to emerge from homes and shelters, regaining confidence after columns of Israeli soldiers moved into Gaza to crush the militants who have rained missiles on them for eight years.
[Notice the colorful, and highly exaggerated, imagery: “rained missiles.” The author does not mention that these “missiles,” better described as homemade rockets, have been largely ineffectual, and have more often than not come in retaliation for Israeli attacks on Palestinians.]
Towns near the Gaza Strip virtually shut down after Israel’s conflict with Gaza militants escalated into a showdown on Dec. 27. Israel launched an air campaign against the missile launchers and against Hamas, the Islamic militant movement that rules the territory, while the militants stepped up the barrage against Israeli towns and villages.
[The conflict did not “escalate into a showdown on Dec. 27,” as the author states. Rather, on Dec. 27, Israel began a series of hugely disproportionate air strikes against targets throughout the Gaza Strip that have continued until the present. According to Israeli officials, the air campaign — which killed more than 200 Palestinians on the first day alone, including large numbers of civilians — came in retaliation for the launch of largely ineffectual rockets from the Gaza Strip that had hitherto caused little or no damage.
As for the “barrages” that were “stepped up” by “militants” since the campaign began, they have, ten days into the campaign, killed a total of four Israelis. By contrast, according to the latest reports, almost 700 Palestinians have been killed — roughly 40 percent of whom were women and children — while almost 3000 have been injured. In some cases, entire families have been killed by increasingly indiscriminate air strikes.]
The ground offensive that began Saturday night brought cheer to Israeli civilians, convinced their government meant to end the missile terror even at the cost of what is likely to be heavy army casualties.
[Again notice the use of sensational and exaggerated phrases — “the missile terror” — to inflate the relatively limited threat posed by homemade rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.]
However, the armored and infantry assault brought no immediate respite from rocket attacks. At least 45 missiles fell on southern Israel on Sunday, wounding five people.
[Notice that, while five Israelis were “wounded” on Sunday, the author neglects to mention that, on the same day, scores of Palestinians were killed and hundreds more seriously injured in massively disproportionate Israeli air strikes throughout the Gaza Strip. Hundreds of Palestinians have also been killed in the initial phase of an ongoing Israeli ground offensive, featuring high-tech armored tanks.]
“It’s good that the troops went in. Finally we are doing something,” said Yamit Azulai, emptying a shopping cart full of groceries into her car. It was the first time in a week she had been to the supermarket in Sderot, a town just beyond Gaza’s northeast corner that has absorbed thousands of missiles since 2001.
“Until now, it was Hamas who decided when to fire missiles. It was always in their hands. Now we are taking control,” she said.
[The second part of this absurd quote gives the impression that Hamas’ limited ability to fire rockets from the Gaza Strip somehow translates into a military advantage over Israel. This is ridiculous. The respective military capacities of the Israeli war machine and the Palestinian resistance in the Gaza Strip cannot even be compared.]
Moves toward normalcy were tentative. Some shops and cafes reopened in Sderot, but about half remained shuttered. Schools and nonessential industries stayed shut within a 25-mile reach of Gaza, the maximum range in Hamas’ missile arsenal. Some people like Azulai who ventured out finished their chores quickly to return home.
“I’m not letting the children outside,” she said.
[This paragraph is priceless. Compare the devastation wrought on Gaza to the mild inconveniences suffered by the residents of Sderot, where, the author tells us, half the shops and cafes “remained shuttered” and residents were forced “quickly to return home.” An existential threat indeed.]
The offensive brought a kind of vindictive satisfaction to Sderot, which had long urged the government to strike at Hamas and take out the missile threat. With only 20,000 people, many believed the authorities were unwilling to risk a major confrontation on their behalf.
“I’m glad Ashdod and Beersheba got hit,” said construction worker Zohar Shapado, referring to two large Israeli cities that were rocketed for the first time last month. “It was only then that they decided to act.”
[Here we have a fine example of Israeli camaraderie, and from an Israeli who appears to have been named after one of the nastier books of the Kabbala.]
Sderot has built up formidable defenses. Every bus stop has a small concrete hut to protect against the shrapnel and pellets packed into the warhead of homemade Qassam rockets. Homes and apartment blocks are built with windowless rooms with steel doors.
People are edgy, but resigned to being targets.
“We’re used to it,” said Shapado, calmly abandoning the coffee he was drinking at a sidewalk cafe and moving inside to safety as yet another rocket alert resounded through town. Seconds later, the boom of the rocket crashing harmlessly in a field outside of town was the signal for customers to return to their tables and resume conversations.
Police say 10 people have been killed in Sderot since 2004, including three toddlers. That compares with more than 500 Palestinians killed in Gaza in the last week, including about 100 civilians.
[Only here, way down at the bottom, are things put into perspective: a total of ten Israelis killed in Sderot — in four years — compared to more than 500 Gazans in a single week.]
But the damage often is psychological. Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, where most casualties from southern Israel are brought, has treated 164 civilian patients since the Israeli air war began. All but 10 were “stress related,” Shlomi Cabish, the hospital’s deputy director, told The Associated Press.
[So while Palestinian civilians are dying by the scores — even hundreds — on a daily basis, Israeli civilians are being treated for “stress.” What does that tell you about the nature of the conflict?]
Not everyone is happy with the decision to send infantry troops into the narrow warrens of Gaza, where Palestinian resistance was fierce and dozens of soldiers were wounded and at least one was killed in the first 24 hours.
Sitting under a date palm in Beersheba’s Old City, Benny Fryand argued with his friend Amos Shem Tov over the advisability of a ground war.
“You want to send in the army like cowboys,” said Fryand, 59, arguing that the air war had been conducted with devastating effect without a single military casualty. Fryand, who splits his time between Israel and Brooklyn, New York, expected Hamas to take revenge by firing even more rockets.
Shem Tov, 61, voicing what appeared from several interviews to be the majority view, said the war against Hamas cannot be won from the air.
“What would Stalin say? You can’t have war without casualties,” said the veteran immigrant from the Caucasus region of Russia. “After that comes the victory.”
[It is interesting that the author chooses to conclude the article with an Israeli approvingly quoting Joseph Stalin — responsible for tens of millions of murders in the former USSR — on the inevitability of casualties. Insight, perhaps, into the value attached by Israelis to human life.]
This article can be found at: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hhPPz3kGQIOIBxLW6FfdpIgYXS0AD95GSDN80
WARNING: This news item is blatant pro-Israel propaganda, and its author, Arthur Max, a Zionist propagandist. Although the Associated Press — run by well-known Zionists such as Rupert Murcoch and Sam Zell — is one of the more egregiously deceptive news agencies when it comes to Middle East reporting, discerning readers should take everything they read, see or hear in the “mainstream” media with more than a grain of salt.
We would also remind Mr. Max that — as a propagandist for one side of the conflict — he is indirectly responsible for mounting Palestinian civilian causalities. He should also be warned that — as a propagandist for one side of the conflict — he could become criminally liable if that side is found by a legitimate court of law to have committed war crimes, or to have employed illegal weapons against civilian populations.