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COMMUNITY VOICES | The Western media iron dome... over the Israeli assault on Gaza
I started to believe that the main job of the western media is to justify Israeli aggression. Since the savage attack of the Israeli on the helpless Palestine population, mostly what we hear is justification for the Jewish state aggression. The headlines read with a qualification and explanation; that the attack is mainly a reaction to rockets coming from Gaza, or to destroy the tunnels. Media is over playing and showing the world the fear that is inflicted on the innocent citizens of Israel. The reporters on the ground in Israel desperately jostle looking for a tense moment a photo-op of human story. Mostly ignoring the massive human tragedy of the trapped Palestine civilians (1.8 million) under daily bombardments by the Israeli war machine. The latest ground troop invasion of the Jewish state is always followed with a justification with a logic, a western logic that has been working for years since the colonial era, blame the victim, demonize them, stripped them from their humanity to justify killing them and the destruction of their neighborhood. The news that is fit to print at the New York Times leads the pack with headlines like, “Israeli Military Invades Gaza, With Sights Set on Hamas Operations” … Israeli military… not the Jewish state of Israel, just the military, as if this killing field is between an Israeli military and Hamas Muslim extremist, with no Palestine population involved, or killing or dislocation of thousands Palestinians, about 100,000 so far. Times goes on to frame the conflict in the old tired argument that we have heard since the establishing of the Jewish state; self-defense. But dropping 7000lb bomb on Palestine population seems ok, no self defense for the Palestinians.
Here is the Times again…” .. Israeli tanks rolled into the northern Gaza Strip on Thursday night and naval gunboats pounded targets in the south …” then went to explain “ after 10 days of aerial bombardment failed to stop Palestinian militants from showering Israeli cities with rockets failed to stop Palestinian militants”. Notice the distinction, between Israeli troops, Palestine militants, as if the Palestinians at one point were giving the chance to have a state of their own, with troops, navy , armies and chose to have militants and extremists instead. The Israeli occupy lands, kill and assassinate Palestinian leaders, destroyed their neighborhoods, infrastructures and governments buildings, then they label any resistance left of being terrorists extremists. BBC reporters goes on and justify the Israeli attack by explaining the fear under which Israeli citizens live… , but casualties in Palestine’s are just numbers devoid of any human stories, no families grievances, no destroying of human dreams. According to Palestinian health minister, , according to Gaza health official, The death toll of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip reached 1150 on Monday, and more than 10000 Palestinians had been wounded; mostly women and children. These killing and chilling of civilians are always explained and reported as a response and a reaction to Palestine Militant attacks. A Media coverage that is mostly devoid of relevant context or history; no refugee, no siege, no war crimes has been committed all these years by the Jewish state. You wont find a serious report on the racist and outrageous explanations of Israeli officials; from characterization of Palestine as animal… Netanyahu called the killers of the three Israelis “human animals.” This will justify the collective punishment of the Palestinian people, looked at them as faceless Palestinian enemy. CNN reporter Diana Magnay, deleted her tweet about Israelis citizens cheering for the booming of the Palestinians. On Friday, CNN removed her from her post covering the Israeli invasion of Gaza in retaliation the tweet.
NBC News’ Ayman Mohyeldin, an award-winning Egyptian-born journalist who had an excellent coverage of Israeli invasion of Gaza in 2008-2009 and knowing for his objective reporting on the current Israeli war, was suddenly pulled from the region.
As it was reported he was removed after he described via social media and video the murder Wednesday of four Palestinian children by Israeli gunboats as the youth, between the ages of 9 and 11 and all from the same family, played soccer on a Gaza beach near hotels used by foreign journalists.
Mohyeldin tweeted, “4 Palestinian kids killed in a single Israeli airstrike. Minutes before they were killed by our hotel, I was kicking a ball with them.” with photos and a video of the devastated parents.
In NBC’s Nightly News broadcast later, Mohyeldin was strangely absent, as his report on the killing of the Palestinian youth was pumped out by NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv. Engel, who has shamefully mouthed State Department propaganda from every recent war zone, including Libya and Syria, has been assigned to replace Mohyeldin in Gaza.
These incidents underscore the monophonic rigidly enforced self-censorship practiced by the corporate-controlled media, which hardly bother any longer hide their role as purveyors of government lies and propaganda. Any evidence of sympathy for the plight of the Palestinians, any hint of criticism of Israeli war crimes is met with immediate banishment, and blacklisting.
The Israeli notion that Arabs understand only violence has been perpetuated again by the talking heads on Sundays talk shows. Which is a historical racist fallacy, Lawrence Davidson in his blog, explains why the Israeli are repetitively violent. He stats one of the many rationalizations offered by the Israelis for their violent behavior “ the assertion that the Arabs, and Palestinians in particular, “only understand force.” So you must use force, it is imperative to use it use force against them, and if you don’t ”… they interpret its absence as a sign of weakness and this only encourages them to stand against the Zionist state” Mr. Davidson explains. The host of PBS Weekend Edition Saturday, Scot Simon, asking Hamas spokesman, I’m here paraphrasing his question or assertion, Knowing that the Israeli will retaliate in such way, why launch rockets” the host assumes that Hamas started this war, and shown the inevitability of the western mind that justifying using forces without any limits when it comes to Israel.
The western narrative When Jew misbehave, as killers, crocks, financier greedy, criminals, spies they are identified either as Israelis, Americans, or Russian citizens, but when some Palestinian, Pakistani, Egyptians, Iraqis, Afghanis citizens misbehave they are identified as Muslims extremist; condemning the whole religion or culture. Thousands of foreigners jews are joining the onslaught on Gaza, jewish jihadists are fighting along side IDF forces, no media mention and no serious investigative reporting as the expansive coverage of Muslim jihadist. I never understood this media narrative, Western media like to use strange and foreign names to Arab Muslims who challenges western global interests, Arabic names like Taliban, Qaeda, Hamas, Madrassa, Hezb Allah, which for its audience a scary foreign uncivilized connotation. Jewish settlers however who really look scary at time to me, carry machines guns and kill innocent Palestinians and live by the literal of their religion, are just Israeli settlers, never extremist, never Taliban(pupils/students) never going to Madrassa (school) never Jihadists just are misbehaving Israeli citizens. The misbehaving Arab citizens or even those who are fighting for their own sovereignty and independency, they are Islamic extremist,jihadists and terrorists and deserve the Israeli onslaught. Not so much the Iron dome that American providing to Israel to shoot down incoming missile , it is the media iron dome that shoot down any criticism..
Ahmed Tharwat/ Host of Arab American TV show BelAhdan
Airs on Public TV, every Monday at 10:30pm
Public Speaker, Freelancer writer,
Blogs at In the Middle /ahmediatv.com
© 2014 Ahmed Tharwat