Israel, Gaza, Hamas, and Media

The Jerusalem Post is “Israel’s best-selling English daily and most-read English website.” I decided to check out its top blogs.

I read “The Hamas bombardment of Gaza” by The Warped Mirror.   Petra Marquardt-Bigman says that “You won’t see much in the news about this, but according to the IDF – which of course monitors all rocket launches from Gaza – about 10 percent of the rockets that Hamas shoots in the hope that they will kill and maim Israeli civilians crash back into Gaza. Inevitably, some of these rockets will kill and maim Gazans – after all, as we hear so often, Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.” She also says that “Hamas likes to fire its rockets from residential areas.”

She also discusses how CNN inaccurately reported the death of a young boy that was circulated by media.

 But by now, almost 100 Hamas rockets have crashed in Gaza. Needless to say, the damage and casualties these rockets are causing are usually blamed on Israel. That was also the case when the body of a young boy was brought to a Gaza hospital just when Egypt’s Prime Minister was visiting there last week. The dramatic images were widely distributed by the media – but ultimately, it turned out that the dead boy whom CNN presented as “a symbol of civilian casualties” was the victim of a crashed Hamas rocket.

 Big Eyes says “it’s a known fact that modern warfare, especially when it involves terror groups, is played out as much in the media as on the battlefield.” He lists the winners and losers so far.  The listed winners are Reuters, CNN, Jerusalem Post, and Atlantic.  The Losers list consist of the Gawker, New York Times, and BBC.

Michael Omer-Man writes in Gaza: New rules in an old war that “Already there was something strange. Hamas’s armed wing, the Izzedin al-Qassam Brigades, has declared for some time that it was focusing on military targets, a change from its rocket attacks on Israeli civilian centers. Nevertheless, to have nearly a month go by without rocket attacks on civilians is almost unheard of in recent years.”

How many countries, United States included, would tolerate rocket attacks on their civilians that are so common that “to have nearly a month go by without rocket attacks” is not the norm?

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