Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, April 6th, 2018 - 69 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, International, israel, journalism, Media, Politics, Propaganda, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: gaza, israel, protest
Israel is expecting the presence of some 50 000 people as participants in the next step of “The Great Return March” on Friday. In spite of the likely overwhelmingly peaceful nature of the event, the Israeli defence minister has stated –
“We have defined the rules of the game clearly and we do not intend to change them. Anyone trying to approach the fence is putting their lives at risk.” (vid link)
As I wrote in this post last Saturday, the current slow build of protest, that is due to climax on May 15th was not initiated by Hamas – incidentally, the duly elected and legitimate government of Gaza.
But then, when the aim is to demonise people and cast their actions as illegitimate, misguided or even terror related, then Hamas is a fairly convenient drum to bang.
At last week’s event, 15 people were shot dead by Israeli army snipers, some in the back, and over a thousand people were injured. Injuries included sniper rifle shots to the leg and the total number of gunshot wounds has been reported at over several hundred. I’d say subsequent media coverage has been scant given the magnitude of the violence meted out by the Israeli state. The current death toll for the past week stands at 21.
Headlines relating to Fridays planned event seem to be focusing on expected violence rather than the peaceful nature of the affair (eg – The Washington Post) . There also seems to be some suggestion of scandal that the government of Gaza is giving money to victims and their families by way of helping them through. “Compensation” is the word being bandied about on Israeli media. (I’m not even going to bother with the images designed to ‘help’ those “slow on the uptake”) All in all what we’re getting is a not so subtle insinuation that people turning up to express whatever sense of injustice they feel, are complicit in some dastardly terrorist related action against Israel, and that Hamas, not the Israeli state, is responsible for the deaths and injuries flowing from “The Great Return March”.
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