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Tony Blair, Hamas and the Western Media.

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David Adams asks the right questions:

“West turned blind eye to Hamas until Israel hit back.

Why did rocket attacks from Gaza not register on the political or media radar screen before the current offensive,? asks David Adams

I AGREE entirely with the anti-Israeli lobby on one point. The invasion of Gaza, and the resultant death, destruction and misery, need never have happened.

Between the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in September 2005 and the start of the offensive last December 27th, Hamas and other Islamic fundamentalist groups launched about 5,600 indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel.

Yet the international community stood by and did nothing. Where was the UN during this time (unfortunately, this is a frequently asked question where that organisation and conflict zones are concerned)? What did it do to try to stop the attacks? Goodness knows it had plenty of bargaining power if it had chosen to use it.

Then there is the western media, the vast majority of which (most particularly, and vitally, in television news and current affairs) hadn’t bothered reporting on the three-year barrage of rockets from Gaza into southern Israel.

Why was this, if, as they rightly tell us, stability in the Middle East is of global importance? After not having informed the public of thousands of Hamas terrorist attacks over the previous years, television news simply continued in the same vein, content from December 27th to present the Israeli offensive as though it had come entirely out of the blue.

It was only towards the end of the first week that the rocket attacks finally did begin to get a mention, but only in the context of a comparative headcount of the dead and injured on either side to stress how “disproportionate” was the Israeli response.

By then it hardly mattered: the damage was done, the Israelis had already been painted as the bloodthirsty villains of the piece.
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Written by modernityblog

18/01/2009 at 18:28

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  1. Ah, you are complaining that the media was not covering the rocket attacks enough.

    Between the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in September 2005 and the start of the offensive last December 27th, Hamas and other Islamic fundamentalist groups launched about 5,600 indiscriminate rocket and mortar attacks on southern Israel.

    How many were killed by the 5,600 rockets during that time?
    How many Palestinians were killed in Gaza and the occupied territories by the Israelis during that time?

    I think you have your answer – the media like blood and guts.

    Frank

    19/01/2009 at 06:29

  2. I am not complaining about anything, just reminding readers of the number.

    modernityblog

    19/01/2009 at 14:51

  3. […] The Modernity Blog  post – “Tony Blair, Hamas and the Western Media” – makes reference to an Irish Times article where, it says, ‘David Adams asks the right questions’ […]


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