If you listened to the United Nations – or to most any international media – you ”learned” that when 60,000 Palestinians charged the fence between Israel and Gaza last week, it was part of a peaceful protest. You would then further conclude that Israel had no need nor right to defend her border.
Those who were actually there tell a very different story. Even the accounts of Hamas, the terrorist regime behind the border chaos, paint a more accurate picture than the “news” that was reported.
“The recent border attack and attempted invasion of Israel by Hamas was anything but a peaceful protest,” wrote Alan M. Dershowitz for Fox News.
“It was a lynch mob targeting Israeli day care centers, schools and homes,” explained the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School. “The goal of the lynchers, according to Yahya Sinwar, the Hamas political leader, was to ‘take down the border’ and ‘tear their hearts from their bodies.’”
As reported in an article in The Wall Street Journal, “Hamas posted maps for their operatives showing the quickest routes from the border to Israeli homes, schools and day care centers near the border.”
This is Not Peaceful Resistance
In an interview with Qatar’s Al Jazeera network, Hamas co-founder Mahmoud al-Zahar admitted to using “clear terminological deception.” Zahar said, “When we talk about ‘peaceful resistance,’ we are deceiving the public. This is a peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support.”
So much support, in fact, that the United Nations Human Rights Council condemned Israel for using excessive force in defending itself. The council voted to establish a Commission of Inquiry to examine if war crimes may have been committed when Israel defended itself against Hamas’ fire-bomb-throwing terrorists.
Cheerleader for Terrorists?
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman rejected the UN probe, tweeting in Hebrew that “the only investigation that needs to be set up is into how the Human Rights Council became a cheerleader for terrorists.”
And he isn’t the only one questioning the council’s motives.
“At a time when Venezuela lurches toward dictatorship, Iran imprisons thousands of political opponents, and ethnic cleansing has taken place in Burma, the UN’s so-called Human Rights Council has decided to launch an investigation into a democratic country’s legitimate defense of its own border against terrorist attacks,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley. “It is another shameful day for human rights,” she added.
Three days after the riot, representatives from 15 countries and six continents gathered to learn about the role of social media in the disinformation war aimed against Israel. The group heard from leading global digital experts in the private and public sectors, including Google, Facebook, Snapchat and the Prime Minister’s Office, including Israel’s foreign media spokesperson David Keyes.
“We are facing a ‘disinformation apocalypse’ unlike anything we have ever seen,” Keyes told the group.
Fiction Disguised as News
In 2005, Boston University Associate Professor Richard Landes produced an online documentary, Pallywood: According to Palestinian Sources. “Pallywood” is short for “Palestinian Authority Hollywood.”
Ruthie Blum, former senior editor at The Jerusalem Post, described “Pallywood” as “productions staged by the Palestinians, in front of (and often with cooperation from) Western camera crews, for the purpose of promoting anti-Israel propaganda by disguising it as news.”
One well-documented example is footage that claimed a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israeli gunfire. An investigation into that “news clip” concluded that the boy was likely not shot at all.
Former Associated Press correspondent Matti Friedman, who moved from New York to Israel in 1995 and began reporting on Israel in 1997, described the success of the Palestinian deception of journalists in a 2014 essay: “The international media’s Israel story (shows) surprisingly little variation among mainstream outlets and is … a narrative construct that is largely fiction.”
Is the Media Manipulated?
- Worldwide headlines last week carried the Hamas-generated news that an 8-month-old baby died in the Gaza riot because of Israeli tear gas. For instance, British tabloid Daily Express published the headline: “Mother’s Agony as Baby Dies in Gaza Gas Horror.” The Palestinian Ministry of Health later admitted the baby’s family said she most likely died of a birth defect (a hole in her heart).
- Another British publication, The Independent, last week opined: “Palestinian victims deserve the same sympathy … as anyone else when their children suffer from gassing.” With this statement, the paper irresponsibly equated tear gas used for riot control with the use of chemical weapons in warfare.
- While the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem enjoyed relative peace, multiple international media deceptively reported the riots in Gaza – which were 60 miles away – as if they were in close proximity.
How You Can Pray
In the face of growing anti-Semitism worldwide and the “disinformation apocalypse” that continues to grow around Israel, please join us in praying for:
- The international media to return to reporting facts about Israel rather than acting as propagandists for terrorist organizations
- The safety of Jewish people worldwide as they live in an increasingly violent and anti-Semitic world
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