Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31

On the last day of the year reported on the fact that Palestine has joined the International Criminal Court. The article was full of quotes from Israelis and Americans saying how "counter-productive" this was, but still CBC did at least report on the frustration of the Palestinians.

Most of the Israeli quotes were nonsensical, in that they ignored the fact that Israel is stealing Palestinian land every day that negotiations are drawn out. But this one about the "moral army" is simply ludicrous.

Netanyahu called Israel's soldiers "the most moral army in the world" and said the country would take unspecified "retaliatory steps."

Calling the Israeli army "moral" just months after they butchered over 500 children is nonsense, but it is ludicrous to frame this statement with "retaliatory steps". If the Israeli army was so moral, then certainly Netanyahu would welcome the scrutiny of the Court to demonstrate their morality.

Now look at this paragraph:

Abbas has been under heavy domestic pressure to take action against Israel following months of tensions fuelled by the collapse of U.S.-brokered peace talks, a 50 day war between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza, a spate of deadly Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets and Israeli restrictions on Palestinian access to a key Muslim holy site in Jerusalem. Tuesday's defeat in the UN Security Council further raised pressure on Abbas to act.

The list of issues above is a bit cock-eyed. It refers to a "war" of 50 days, then separately to a spate of Palestinian rocket attacks, as if these were two unrelated events. This is nonsense. First of all, it was less a war than a massacre, and secondly, the Palestinian rockets were flying during the so-called "war" and much worse was being thrown at Gaza at the same time by Israel. There is no need to list them separately.

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