Media Cover for Israeli Crimes
Israel is committing daily crimes of war and against humanity.
by Stephen Lendman
The pattern playing out in Gaza is one Israel followed many times before. Provocations target adversaries. Multiple ones usually occur before targets respond.
Blame the victim follows. Israeli aggression is called self-defense. Legitimate defense is called terrorism. Media scoundrels support Israel in lockstep. It plays out the same way every time.
Facts on the ground are ignored, sanitized, suppressed, and/or distorted. Readers and viewers get manipulated managed news misinformation.
Days ago, Hamas and other Palestinian resistance groups responded to multiple Israeli provocations. Intense bombing and shelling followed. It continues.
Cast Lead began the same way. Hamas didn't provoke it. Israel did. Premeditated aggression was planned. The same scenario is playing out again now.
Cast Lead 2.0 looms. Israel threatens more intense conflict than 2008-09. It remains to be seen what follows. It's clear how media scoundrels will cover it.
Palestinians won't even get short shrift. They'll be condemned for defending themselves against naked Israeli aggression.
Instead of covering events on the ground accurately, Haaretz contributor Amir Oren endorsed bombing and shelling Gaza and more.
Headlining "For Netanyahu, Gaza escalation could pave the way to Iran strike," saying:
Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak both want to attack Iran. In other words, they plan more war crimes on top of ones committed repeatedly on Gazans.
So far, Netanyahu's record as prime minister excludes war. Apparently he wants to make up for lost time. He "crossed a private red line by daring to authorize the undertaking of a large military operation."
It's not war, he says. Sustained bombing and shelling perhaps followed by ground invasion is full-scale war. Operation Pillar of Cloud solidifies the Netanyahu/Barak partnership. Other Israeli hardliners wholeheartedly approve. Most others say little or nothing.
Opposition party leaders dare not criticize. With January's election in mind, they fully support what they should condemn. Whatever their personal views, they're in lockstep publicly with Netanyahu.