Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Today's news is an old story

In any given article about Israel written for the masses you can be assured the presence of inconsistencies and yellow journalism. I picked one that caught my eye. It is not al-jazeers, the guardian or the New York Times. It is ABC based on an AP report. Remember, this is not an editorial, this is plain vanilla news. It always seems that the media are consistent with the goal to minimize Palestinian terror and Israeli dissension, exaggerate the love of the failed peace plans and fabricate the viciousness of the Israeli “settler.” You can do this to any article.

I took some excerpts and commented on them.


Israel Delivers Bodies of Militants
Israeli Military Delivers Bodies of 15 Militants to Palestinians for Burial
The Associated Press

Feb. 14, 2005 - "The Israeli military delivered the bodies of 15 militants to the Palestinians for burial Monday, a handover celebrated in Gaza as the first real achievement of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, who is trying to prevent fickle militants from straying from a fragile truce. "

Examine the use of the word militant. It is an old grievance but it’s still noteworthy. Why not use the word Palestinian? Militant denotes an air of an anomaly. It implies that while most Palestinians thirst for peace there are still some rogues. It doesn’t stop there, these anomalies are not murderers mind you; they are militants. Why not call them rebels or insurgents? Militant implies that they are combating an imperfect enemy, not a pregnant woman with four children on the way home. This is further compounded by the adjective fickle which implies that there is nothing inherently decadent with the anomaly group, they are just fickle.

"The planned pullout has created a politically charged atmosphere in Israel, and prominent Israeli politicians on Monday called for detaining Jewish extremists without trial or charges in response to a wave of threats against government ministers who support the withdrawal. "

Let’s get this straight. Israelis who disagree with being displaced are extremists whose actions warrant being detained without due process. I am also to infer that it is really just a small minority of people who oppose the coveted and often revised peace map plan road etc. (which ignores the recent 130,000 plus attended demonstration.) This is in contrast to the Arabs who in unison are yearning for a peaceful coexistence.

"Tens of thousands of Gazans poured into the streets as 15 ambulances carrying the bodies of the militants rolled into Gaza City's main square, escorted by Palestinian security. Each ambulance had the name of the dead man inside on the windshield.

Dozens of armed men stood in the square, raising the banners of their factions and saluting the bodies. The Palestinian police band played the national anthem in the background.

If it is indeed so that the majority of Palestinians are yearning for a peaceful coexistence with Israel and that militants are but an anomaly why exactly were there “Tens of thousands of Gazans” pouring into the streets carrying the bodies of the militants? These militants are an anomaly to the mainstream Palestinian – why the precession of raised banners and the national anthem? These militants were not in the midst of intense battle, they were most likely hunting for some weak unarmed victims as has been the case repeatedly. Read on…..

"The militants were killed in attacks on Israeli army outposts in Gaza and other Israeli targets in the past two years. It was not clear why Israel had kept their remains. "

The militants were killed because…….? Look how they threw in the words army outpost and other Israeli targets. Why not say killed in attacks on schools, playgrounds, shopping malls and other targets? They need to mitigate the terror, after all these aren’t insurgents or terrorists these are militants. Attacking army outposts is a process of war and struggle not aggression and therefore mitigates any ugly realties of death.

"The bodies were released a day after Israel's Cabinet approved the names of 500 Palestinian prisoners to be freed, and security commanders discussed the handover of the West Bank town of Jericho to Palestinian control. All three measures are part of a package of overtures agreed on last week at a summit where Sharon and Abbas declared a cessation of 4 1/2 years of hostilities. "

Four and a half years of hostilities? Hostilities? New York and New Jersey have hostilities over the Statue of liberty. Countless attacks and over 1 thousand Israelis murdered in a one way war is not hostilities.

"Some settlers and other members of Israel's extreme right have threatened to use violence to try to block the withdrawal threats that aren't taken lightly after an extremist opponent of peace concessions assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.

Some lawmakers who support the pullout have recently received abusive mail from extremists. Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz received a meat hook in the mail; a letter to a female member of Sharon's Likud party threatened "gang rape." Sharon told the party meeting that one leaflet in circulation threatened to dig up his late wife, Lily. The family has hired guards for the grave, he said.

Where to begin? Some settlers and other members of Israel’s extreme right:

A) I thought liberals were not allowed to stereotype. Why do they assume that settlers are part of Israel’s extreme right?

B ) What is Israel’s extreme right? Who are they? What do they do? What have they done? Where does their terror stand relative to the Arabs?

The one act of violence the writer can think of is not the one committed against Mrs. Hatuel or the Bus to Emmanuel he chooses one perpetrated by a deranged man. Why didn’t the writer use the one committed by an Israeli against the family of Arabs or the “settlers” that attacked a bus full of children and pregnant mothers? Any guesses? I’ll give you a hint. There were none.

"Opposition leader Joseph Lapid said Israel has "reached the point where the security establishment is more afraid of Jews than of Palestinian terrorists."

This is just gorgeous. They are more afraid of the Jews than Palestinians. Maybe this is the gemorreh that says expressing compassion to the cruel will result in the cruelty to the compassionate.


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