There is no doubt that the residents of Gaza are suffering greatly as a result of the current escalation of fighting between Hamas, which controls Gaza, and Israel. Many of those suffering include the vulnerable – countless women, children and the average Gaza resident.
Hamas has done a fabulous job in showing the many so called atrocities committed by Israel against their defenseless women and children. In war the innocent die, so it is difficult to argue that many of the Gazans who lost their lives were indeed innocent victims of the war. But when there is a hostage taking, and police mistakenly kill one of the hostages, it is the hostage taker who is blamed, and not the police.
Unfortunately this standard is not applied to Israel. In the case of innocent Palestinians being killed mistakenly by Israeli bombing, why is Israel being blamed when it is Hamas that is using them as hostages? The international media and the United Nations have bought these stories without questioning the accuracy of what has actually happened.
What perturbs me is the gullibility of humanity. It is akin to an inherited trait on which the media feeds off.
As in any war, there are 2 sides. In this case, it is Hamas and Israel, each having a dual motive of winning the war as well as winning the public relations war by gaining the confidence of the media. In turn, the media attempts to influence public opinion. It is easy to claim that the media is biased when only one side of the story is told, or when a story is not balanced.
Generally speaking and I hope that an absence of balanced reporting may not be an indication of media bias in the non-Arab world. I prefer to think of unbalanced reporting to be the result of negligence, a failure of investigative journalism, stupidity, laziness, and an outright failure to question accuracy as illustrated in these two photographs. This view does not apply to entrenched anti-Semitic and anti-Israel bias.
In the corresponding photograph, an Israeli soldier stands over the body of a dead Palestinian child. The soldier is carrying an AK-47. It is extremely shocking and heart wrenching photograph which would create a great impact if it were only true. Israeli soldier’s do not carry AK-47’s, and their uniforms are different than shown in the photo.
Now we recently have learned through independent Indian television journalists that Hamas does fire their rockets from densely populated areas as shown in the following news report.
Let’s face it, Hamas has been extremely successful in getting its message out and in gaining the support of the public. It would not have been as successful without the negligent and unquestioning attitude of much of the international media which laughingly and falsely proclaims itself as being open-minded, unbiased and virtuous.
To get the real truth out about Israeli I hope that no one is duped by Hamas, as much of the international media has been. It might be best to either tell both sides or ask the innocent victims or the pawns of Hamas as shown in the following video.