Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CBC Still At It

Look at the headline in today' news:

Palestinian teen mistakenly shot dead in West Bank, Israeli military says

14-year-old among 'un-involved bystanders' hit by gunfire near highway

See how prominently the word "mistakenly" is there. Also usually 14-year olds are described as "children", not "teens".

The reality is that Israeli forces were using live ammunition against stones, and in a case like this there are no "mistakes". Murder was the intent, and murder was the result.

Also look at this line:

Israel says it carries out housing demolitions to deter future attacks. The Palestinians consider it a form of collective punishment.

The act of destroying the homes of innocent people IS "collective punishment". It IS a crime under international law. What Israel claims is irrelevant, and it IS NOT just a "claim" by Palestinians. Writing lines like this, especially where the false and unacceptable Israeli claim is given first, and the more salient fact of international law is omitted, is disgraceful, biassed journalism.

And the following paragraph is always repeated in every article about violence in Israel/Palestine:

Over the past nine months, Palestinians have carried out dozens of attacks, including stabbings, shootings and car ramming assaults, which have killed 32 Israelis and two Americans. About 200 Palestinians have been killed during that time. Israel has identified most of them as attackers while the rest died in clashes with Israeli troops.

This biassed paragraph, repeated over and over from week to week like true propaganda, ignores the fact of routine killings by Israelis and tries to give the impression that it is the Israelis who are the victims. Also it ignores the fact that so many of the Israeli killings of so-called "attackers" are heavily-armed soldiers killing stone-throwing children.

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