NYT Unsure if Rockets Fired at Israel Also not sure Hamas is a terrorist group
New York Times Middle East correspondents Fares Akram and Isabel Kershner reported today that they are confused about current events in the Middle East.
Despite the launching of more than 800 rockets from Gaza into Israel in 2012—including hundreds in the past week—the Times expressed uncertainty about whether any rockets have been fired at all. The Israeli military operation that commenced today is “in response to what Israel called repeated rocket attacks,” according to the Times.
The Times is also uncertain about the nature of Hamas, a U.S.- and Israeli-designated terrorist organization. The Times reports that Hamas is a “militant organization regarded by Israel as a terrorist group sworn to Israel’s destruction.”
The Times’ description is contradicted by Hamas, the leaders of which regard Hamas as a terrorist group sworn to Israel’s destruction.
“This is a nation of martyrdom and martyrdom-seeking,” said Hamas’ leader Ismail Haniyah, who perhaps was chastising the New York Times for liberal bias. “A nation of jihad for the sake of Allah,” he affirmed.
Hamas parliamentarian Ahmad Bahr added, “O Allah, vanquish the Jews and their supporters.” He concluded, “O Allah, vanquish the Americans and their supporters. O Allah, count their numbers, and kill them all, down to the very last one.”
Abdallah Jardu, another Hamas official, also contradicted the New York Times. The Jews “want to present themselves to the world as if they have rights, but, in fact, they are foreign bacteria—a microbe unparalleled in the world,” he said.
Jardu concluded, “May [Allah] annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience.”
Global media are portraying the terrorist group Hamas as the victim as Operation Pillar of Defense, the state of Israel’s attempt to stop rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, gets underway.
The Thursday cover of the Washington Post featured a picture of a Gaza man clutching the dead body of his infant son at a hospital, as the Post caption says, “after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.”
However, the implication that the child died at the hands of Israelis has never been verified by credible sources. Hamas has fired hundreds of crude, unguided rockets from Gaza at Israel over the past 24 hours, and it is common for some of those rockets to land in Gaza.
Hamas is also known for its “work accidents” in residential areas from mishandling weapons and explosives. The Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are also known to have manipulated, and in some cases invented, accounts of civilian casualties because of the media sympathy such stories generate.
It is unclear how the infant in the photo died. For the Washington Post, however, the verdict is in: Israel did it.
Similarly, the New York Times‘ first story on the Israeli operation insinuated that Hamas rocket attacks had been simply made up by Israel as a pretext for attacking. The paper said that Hamas’ longstanding goal of destroying the Jewish State was merely an Israeli assertion. It called Israel’s long-delayed response to ceaseless rocket attacks on its civilians “a ferocious assault.”
The BBC reported live from Gaza by filming a parade of “wounded” Palestinians who were obviously play-acting for the cameras. The practice has become so common practice that pro-Israel activists have made up a name for it: Pallywood.
Honest Reporting, a media watchdog, shows one “wounded” man from the BBC broadcast walking around confidently only moments after he was carried through the streets, his body limp, by several helpers.