Monday, June 24, 2013

Ad Nauseam

The following article on June 24, 2013, repeats again the position that Israel always acts in response to provocation from Palestinians, with no attempt to state the fact that rockets are fired at Israel by Palestinians in response to Israel's brutality and injustice against them.

These are the first two lines of the article:

Israeli aircraft pounded targets in the Gaza Strip early Monday after rockets were fired at Israel from the territory, the military said, unsettling a tenuous ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

The military said its aircraft struck two weapons storage facilities and a rocket launch site. No injuries were reported.
Rocket fire from Gaza has declined since Israel carried out an eight-day military campaign last November in response to frequent attacks.

This grossly unbalanced, biased, and inaccurate reporting is repeated by CBC ad nauseam. Palestinians are subject to a brutal occupation, and their rights are trampled on disgracefully. The reality is that Israel is trying to bomb them into submission, and Israel uses the excuse of these silly rockets, which are virtually token acts of legitimate resistance to this occupation, to maintain its cruel suppression of Palestinian life and society.

When will CBC and the Associated Press get tired of falsifying reality so blatantly?

The same article had the following tucked away at the end:

Meanwhile, Israeli police said that vandals slashed the tires of 21 cars in an Arab neighbourhood of east Jerusalem. The vandals also scribbled slogans on nearby walls.
It was the latest in a wave of crimes linked to Jewish extremists that has targeted mosques, churches, monasteries, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases to protest what they perceive as the Israeli government's pro-Palestinian policies in the West Bank. Vandals call the attacks the "price tag" for the policies they oppose.

There are a number of problems with this.

1) First, why wasn't this a headline? It is as significant a provocation as the silly rockets.
2) Why are they calling the perpetrators "vandals". These were political acts perpetrated by Israeli nationalists, designed to terrorize Palestinians. The word "vandals" just suggests "naughty boys", but this is much more political and serious than that. The use of the word "vandals" is intentionally misleading.
3) Why don't they publish the wording of the slogans? It is likely that these would reveal the political, nationalist, and racist intent of the so-called "vandalism".
4) Why do they describe the few decent acts of the Israel Government as "pro-Palestinian"? The extremists were protesting "pro-justice" and "pro-decency" acts of the Israeli Government. Describing these actions as "pro-Palestinian" seems to suggest that Israel's acts were somehow biased and worthy of opposition.

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