Israel has discerning taste in news: it prefers headlines that make Palestinians sound like instigators and terrorists – and when they don’t, a few well-placed phone calls or tweets will usually do the trick. Mainstream media lives in Israel’s pocket. Alternative news sources are the lifeblood of truth, especially when it comes to the Israel/Palestine issue.
by Kathryn Shihadah, Palestine Home
Here is a facet of Israel – that “true democracy” of the Middle East, that place where faith is in the air you breathe, the nation that shares the values of the great United States of America.
Here, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs bullies the oldest national broadcasting organization in the world. Israel tells the BBC what it can and can not say – and it makes its point with words that are unbecoming to an administrative agency of a first world country.
The whole brouhaha started with the BBC headline,
Israeli airstrikes ‘kill pregnant woman and baby.’
For the Israeli MFA, the BBC choice of words was absolutely unacceptable:
.@BBCWorld this is a formal complaint by @IsraelMFA .This title is a deliberate misrepresentation of reality ( that’s the polite equivalent of “ this is a LIE”, if you don’t get it). Israelis were targeted by Hamas and IDF acts to protect them.Change it IMMEDIATELY!!! @IsraelMFA pic.twitter.com/pqjXuopXgO
— Emmanuel Nahshon (@EmmanuelNahshon) August 9, 2018
The headline, “Israeli airstrikes ‘kill pregnant woman and baby,'” doesn’t look at all like a misrepresentation of reality (aka “a LIE”). It looks like precisely what happened that night. So why is it called a lie?
Most people think of a “lie” as an untruth, but in Israel’s Foreign Ministry, apparently a lie is a statement that does not explicitly blame Israeli violence on Palestinian incitement.
Spokesperson Nahshon’s tweet connected the dots – just as a quick reminder that Israel is the victim in this whole business: “Israelis were targeted by Hamas, and IDF acts to protect them.” Blame Hamas for the death of that woman and that child; blame Hamas for the upwards of 170 Gazan deaths and 17,000 Gazan injuries; most importantly, blame Hamas for the 2 Israeli deaths and a handful of Israeli injuries.
Apparently BBC got the memo. Here’s the new headline:
So to summarize, BBC went from
Israeli airstrikes ‘kill pregnant woman and baby’
Gaza air strikes ‘kill woman and child after rockets hit Israel’
Doesn’t that headline sound like it was crafted to imply that the air strikes came from Gaza and possibly hit an Israeli woman and child? If so, isn’t that a misrepresentation of reality?
And isn’t that what Israel was going for – to portray Gaza as the bad guy?
This isn’t just a British problem
Much, much more can be said on this subject, but for now, suffice it to say that US mainstream media also tend to frame the news in such a way as to avoid chastisement from Israel. (It would seem that, as Israel’s $10 million-a-day Sugar Daddy, the US ought to be able speak its mind, but no such luck.) Thus we see such headlines as this one from ABC: