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Sunday, November 18, 2012

RULES FOR WESTERN MEDIA IN COVERING ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT


Columns of smoke rise following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on Nov. 14. Palestinian witnesses say Israeli airstrikes have hit a series of targets across Gaza City, shortly after the assassination of the top Hamas commander. Hamas security officials say two Hamas training facilities were among the targets in the Wednesday afternoon bombings.

Rule 1: It is always Palestinians who attack first, and it's always Israel who defends itself. The former is a terrorist attack, latter military offensive or retaliation.

Rule 2: Palestinian's home-made rockets which are not more than intense firecrackers, are way deadlier than Israel's phosphorous bombs which kill and maim hundreds.

Rule 3: Israel has the right to kill Palestinian civilians; this is called "self-defense", or "collateral damage".

Rule 4: When Israel kills too many civilians, the Western world calls for restraint. This is called the "reaction of the international community".

Rule 5: Palestinians do not have the right to capture Israeli military, not even a limited number, not even 1 or 2.


Rule 6: Israel has the right to capture as many Palestinians as they want. There is no limit; there is no need for proof of guilt or trial. All that is needed is the magic word: "terrorism"

Rule 7: Democratically elected Hamas is a "terrorist organization".

Rule 8: Country using chemical weapons is the "only democracy in the middle-east".

Rule 9: When it comes to Israel, always mention the words "disputed territories" instead of occupied territories. Don't use the word settlement but neighborhood. This could distress the audience of Fox.

Rule 10: Israelis speak better English than Palestinians. This is why we let them speak out as much as possible, so that they can explain rules 1 through 9. This is called "neutral journalism".

Rule 11: If you don't agree with these rules or if you favor the Palestinians, you must be a very dangerous anti-Semite. You may even have to make a public apology if you express your honest opinion."

"Anonymous"


Disclaimer: I stumbled upon this post on Facebook, and I've liked the write up so much that I felt it was worthy to be read by my audience at large. I don't support or reject this post, the post is purely to look at how a few people view the Israel-Gaza affair. 

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