Insights into Palestinian Culture Brought to You by Your MSM (Not!): Tom Gross surveys the unused wire services

Tom Gross, whose work is exceptionally good, and represents just the kind of excellent journalist driven from the ranks of a Pallywood-dominated 21st century news media (Richard North is another), has a round up of what’s happening in Gaza according to wire services that somehow don’t get much play from their subscribing newspapers. It reminds me of when I took Pallywood and al Durah to a guy at ABC and, although I had convinced him, he declined with the comment: “I don’t know how much appetite there is for this kind of stuff around here.” Apparently, still no appetite.

For the full articles and the links, go to the posting at Gross’s site(ed note – rl)

* In another especially horrific incident this weekend, Hamas kidnapped Mohammed Sweirki, 25, took him to the roof of a 15-story apartment building and threw him off

* In revenge, a Hamas activist was thrown off the 12th floor of a building and killed last night. Four other Hamas men in the building were shot

* This dispatch contains news from non-occupied Gaza that most of the western media are refusing to print, even though – to their credit – both Reuters and The Associated Press have been sending it out prominently on their main international news wires to which almost every major news outlet in the world subscribes

* In spite of its prominence on the news wires, none of this was mentioned in international newspapers today such as the Financial Times and International Herald Tribune, not even in passing or in their short one-paragraph news briefs. Western media such as the BBC are too busy defaming Israel to notice what is happening in Gaza and Lebanon

– Tom Gross

1. Medics in Gaza protest kidnapping and shooting of doctor
2. Taken to the roof of a 15-story apartment building, and thrown off
3. Palestinians “yearn for a return to the Israeli occupation”
4. Gaza: The unreported kidnap victims
5. Palestinian journalists angry at use of “TV” vehicle in attack
6. Lebanon camp battle enters 4th week, death toll rises
7. Hamas doubles its warhead size
8. Islamic group in Gaza threatens to kill women appearing on TV
9. “Gaza hospital on strike after violence” (AP, June 9, 2007)
10. “Palestinians say fed up with gunmen” (By Wafa Amr, Reuters, June 7, 2007)
11. “Palestinian journalists slam use of ‘TV’ vehicle in Gaza attack” (Reuters, June 10, 2007)
12. “Poll: Most Palestinians depressed by violence” (Washington Times, June 10, 2007)

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[Note by Tom Gross]

MEDICS IN GAZA PROTEST KIDNAPPING AND SHOOTING OF DOCTOR

The thousands of people who marched against Israel in Europe over the weekend – and in Washington, D.C. yesterday – seem barely to have noticed what the Palestinians have been up to since Israel withdrew from “occupied Gaza” almost two years ago. This is largely because the western media have not been reporting properly on the situation, even though the news has been sent out prominently by Reuters and The Associated Press, agencies to which almost every major news outlet in the world subscribe, and it is certainly gruesome enough to report.

For example, The Associated Press reported that “Medics at a northern Gaza Strip hospital walked off their jobs for a few hours Saturday to protest the kidnapping and shooting of a doctor by Palestinian militants… Dr. Fayez al-Barrawi, a known Hamas supporter, was blindfolded, handcuffed and shot six times in the legs, including a kneecap, and then tossed on the street. Hamas has said Fatah militants were behind the kidnapping.”

The AP article, which is attached below in full, continues: “Al-Barrawi worked at Beit Hanoun hospital in the northern Gaza Strip. Hundreds of Hamas and Fatah supporters have been kidnapped in recent months by rival gunmen. The treatment of the hostages, who are usually released after a few hours, has become increasingly harsh, and captives are often shot in the legs… Militants have also used hospital rooftops and grounds as firing points, prompting their rivals to fire upon hospitals, threatening staff and patients.”

TAKEN TO THE ROOF OF A 15-STORY APARTMENT BUILDING, AND THROWN OFF

In another story, The Associated Press reported yesterday: “In an especially grisly incident Sunday, Hamas militants kidnapped an officer in a Fatah-linked security force, took him to the roof of a 15-story apartment building and threw him off. Mohammed Sweirki, 25, from the guard of Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah, was killed in the plunge…”

“And just before midnight, a Hamas activist was thrown off the 12th floor of a building and killed, security officials said. Four other Hamas men in the building were shot and wounded.”

PALESTINIANS “YEARN FOR A RETURN TO THE ISRAELI OCCUPATION”

Meantime, at Reuters, even Wafa Amr*, their infamous Chief Palestinian Correspondent, has quoted a Palestinian legislator who says that Palestinians are “so fed up with the armed groups ‘they now wish the Israeli occupation would take [back] over in Gaza or hope for the return of Jordanian rule in the West Bank’ to get rid of them.” (The full Reuters article is attached below.)

(* For more on Wafa Amr and Reuters, see “The case of Reuters, A news agency that will not call a terrorist a terrorist.” www.tomgrossmedia.com/Reuters.htm)

Last week, a leading Palestinian rights group reported that in recent months an estimated 620 Palestinians (including many civilians) have been killed by Hamas or Fatah and thousands injured – often deliberately by knee-capping and other such crimes.

This morning, gunmen opened fire at the Palestinian government building during a cabinet meeting, forcing ministers (including Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh) to flee the premises.

In the last full article below, the Washington Times reports that “More than nine in 10 Palestinians show signs of depression caused by despair over violence between Hamas and Fatah gunmen and the apparent demise of the Palestinian unity government, according to a West Bank pollster. Jamil Rabah, the director of Ramallah-based Near East Consulting, said he found that 92 percent of Palestinian survey respondents suffer from depression-related anxiety.”

Does anyone plan a march in London and Washington to demand that Hamas and Fatah (which together make up the Palestinian “national unity” government) actually govern under democratic norms?

GAZA: THE UNREPORTED KIDNAP VICTIMS

Instead western news media like the BBC have reached new depths in their historical revisionism in recent days. With the BBC’s absolute skewering of the truth and ugly tone about Israel and Israelis (most recently in its reporting on the Six-Day War), it is not surprising that anti-Semitism has increased in Britain more than in almost any other country in the west in recent years.

Additionally, dozens of people have been kidnapped in Gaza, but the BBC has barely mentioned them in its daily reports about its kidnapped Gaza correspondent, Alan Johnston.

For example, a group of 15 armed men burst into the ministry of finance in the center of Gaza City and abducted the general director, Hashim Abu Nada, but the western media didn’t report it. (Abu Nada is former general director of Yasser Arafat’s office, and the administrator of hundreds of millions of dollars of western aid.)

In its world news bulletin a few minutes ago, for example, BBC World radio again mentioned that Johnston had been kidnapped but didn’t mention the gun attack on the Palestinian cabinet meeting today.

PALESTINIAN JOURNALISTS ANGRY AT USE OF “TV” VEHICLE IN ATTACK

The Palestinian journalists’ union yesterday criticized militants for using a vehicle marked with a “TV” sign to enter Israel on Saturday and attempt to kidnap Israeli soldiers.

“The use of vehicles that carry ‘Press’, ‘TV’ or other signs… expose journalists’ lives to danger, gives the Israeli occupation a pretext to target and kill journalists and restricts their ability to perform their professional and national duties,” the Palestinian Journalist Syndicate said.

The Jerusalem-based Foreign Press Association said in a statement the use of a vehicle marked with TV insignia represented “abuse of this recognized protection for the working journalist” and was “a grave development.” (Full article below.)

Neither organization bothered to condemn the attempt to kidnap Israelis, only the misuse of press credentials.

LEBANON CAMP BATTLE ENTERS 4TH WEEK, DEATH TOLL RISES

Fighting between the Lebanese army and Islamic militants in north Lebanon has entered its fourth week. Dozens of Palestinian civilians at the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp, where the militants are based, have been killed. It is Lebanon’s worst internal violence since the 1975-1990 civil war.

The Lebanese army has refused to allow Red Cross ambulances in to treat the injured civilians, some of whom are lying bleeding to death in the street, according to Reuters. Can you imagine the outcry at the UN, Arab League, European Union, human rights groups and in the international media if Israel had behaved this way?

HAMAS DOUBLES ITS WARHEAD SIZE

The ruling Hamas movement has doubled the size of the warhead of its Qassam-class, short-range missile, security sources say. They said the conventional explosive warhead was increased from three to six kilograms: “The new warheads are clearly more lethal, and kill or maim people in a larger radius.” Hundreds of missiles have been fired from Gaza into Israel in recent months, killing and injuring Israeli civilians.

Separately, Palestinian Islamic Jihad announced on Wednesday that it had “improved” rockets that had sufficient range to hit strategic targets inside Israel. In a statement issued by the group’s al-Quds Brigades, it was claimed that the new weapons, based on the Russian Grad-type rocket, contain more explosives and have greater range.

ISLAMIC GROUP IN GAZA THREATENS TO KILL WOMEN APPEARING ON TV

The Righteous Swords of Islam, a radical Islamic group in Gaza, issued a death threat last weekend against Palestinian women working for the Palestinian Authority’s official television station. The group accused the women of dressing immodestly and behaving in a way that violates the teachings of Islam.

They distributed a leaflet referring to the women who appear on Palestinian TV, “The saying these days is that the enemy has withdrawn from the Gaza Strip and so have our morals… It’s indeed disgraceful that the women working for the official Palestinian media are competing between each other to display their charms.”

The leaflet concluded by threatening to “slaughter” the women for supposedly spreading corruption in Palestinian society.

Members of this group have been known to splash acid in the face of a number of young women accused of “immoral behavior.” The Righteous Swords of Islam had previously claimed responsibility for attacks on Internet cafes in the Gaza Strip over the past year.

The threats against the female journalists and employees are very serious, but groups like Britain’s 40,000-member National Union of Journalists are too busy boycotting Israel to notice.*

– Tom Gross

* (For more on this, see: “Guardian editor condemns U.K. journalists’ call to boycott Israel” www.tomgrossmedia.com/mideastdispatches/archives/000846.html)

41 Responses to Insights into Palestinian Culture Brought to You by Your MSM (Not!): Tom Gross surveys the unused wire services

  1. Michael B says:

    Original link needs fixing.

    Tom Gross consistently provides insight and is often probative – a stark and welcome contrast with the rubble and rubbish provided by pseudo-objective, self-affected and variously coopted western reporters and other pretenders (e.g., talking heads).

  2. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    and the eu, just like clockwork:

    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/122715

    i predicted that the worst the pals will descend into anarchy and civil war, the more will the west fund it and rescue hamas.

    the world is now explicitly funding jihad to eliminate israel. but it’s not anti-semitism, it’s just anti-zionism. that so many jews live there is just a coincidence.

  3. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    ah, and there is condi the failure too, pressuring israel to release funds. as i said, the us in full islam, er, submission.

  4. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    and the fools thought sarkozy is different.

    another domino falls:

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1181570248540&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  5. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    what the west is paying for:

    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/?entry=25824_Palestinian_Civil_War_Watch&only

  6. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    and here’s “our moderate allies”:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6702889,00.html

  7. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    some details of the events in gaza:

    http://www.mererhetoric.com/archives/11273864.html

  8. calzone says:

    Interesting posits.
    “The Mainstream media ignores the violence in Gaza.”

    I heard several of these stories in detail on NPR this morning. But why is this even an issue? What is the message implied by this percieved disinterested oversight or deliberate marginalization? That there’s an anti-Israel/ pro-Palestinian bias in our media? I think not. There is a certain element of folks that favor the underdog, and I don’t think anyone could make the argument that the Palestinians are anything but. And we sure got the footage of the arabs dancing after 9/11, even tho that was an infintismally small percentage of Muslims. I also don’t like the implication that there’s any underlying significance to the fact that there’s a young civil war going on in that pressure cooker. Is the message “Look at those barbaric arabs, they can’t govern themselves, they’re congenitally violent.”? That reminds me of some of the visitors to a forum I frequent that obviously come from stormfront or the aryan nations and post false stats that 50% of all violent crime is caused by blacks and that blacks are attacking white women in droves, and that cases of black on white crimes aren’t reported in the media. It’s startlingly similar. The fact is, I’ve seen many times that when the IDF kills innocent palestinians, when an operation goes bad, when access to a hot zone might not reflect positively on the IDF, the press is excluded. One of the pre-requisites of reporting from Israel and the border areas is that everything must be passed thru the military/govt filter for approval. OTOH, if a suicide bomber blows up a restaurant or bus in Israel, the reporters are fairly ushered to the scene and given full access, and the news is facillitated and disseminated profusely, worldwide.
    The other thing I see here is the idea that Gaza is no longer occupied. This link would seem to counter that perception.
    Unless someone can refute it.

  9. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    either the media has gotten to you, which would mean resting the case, or, if not, you have a much more serious problem. do you expect to be taken seriously? i’m not even sure your comments merit a response.

    what is the ratio of terrorists to civilians that are killed by israel? do they kill them intentionally, or do they strive to minimize such killings in the face of terrorists embedding themselves into the population while they shoot missiles into israel?

    what about the innocent israelis that are TARGETTED EXPLICITLY by thousands of missiles? did the media say anything about those?

    it’s the israeli military censorship that bothers you, huh? not the kidnapping and threatening and closing the areas in the palestinian territories to the press, to the point that all foreign journalists left, or are just channeling the arab propaganda?

    what an idiot.

  10. calzone says:

    Gee, you answered, so I merit a response. You also reacted emotionally. Fine. You’re emotionally invested. At least I know I’m not addressing a robot.
    I don’t have much respect for the modern media, and this despite having worked in the biz for years. There are pockets of integrity. Yes, I do expect to be taken seriously. I don’t alway get what I expect, but life is like a grilled cheese sandwich. You want to know the “ratio of terrorists to civilians” killed by the Israelis? Interesting that you lump all the resistance into the category of “terrorist”. The rightwing Bushies do that too, when talking about the Iraqi resistance. I call that “linkage”. The Bush admin is superb at that little tactic, tho’ I’m not sure that all the Bushies that do it realize they’re following the formula. Well, let’s take a look at the numbers of recent. In the last Lebanese war the ratio was about 10 to one for innocent civilians killed by Israelis compared to militant fighters, chiefly Hezbollah. The IDF targeted the innocent civilians. They TARGETED them. No doubt in my military mind. By contrast, the relatively small number of Israelis killed by the party of God were overwhelmingly military. That, btw, is called military action action against legitimate targets. Hezbollah isn’t blameless, but you brought up the issue of degree. The IDF has for years deliberately targeted civilians, and kids. Haven’t you even ever read that commie leftwing self-hating rag Haaretz? Hey, don’t fret, the American forces do the same in Iraq. Makes you nod in understanding that Israel and the U.S. are such close allies. Well, maybe not YOU, but me. You indignantly bring up 1000′s of missiles sent to Israel by the Palestinians. Bit of hyperbole isn’t it? I can probably count the number of innocent Israeli citizens killed by those glorified mortar rounds on the fingers of my hands. The number of Palestinians killed by the most advanced, powerful, nuclear military in the middle east OTOH is quite high. As long as you want to talk “degree”. And yes, even today, as always, I hear about the hobby rockets sent over to Israel from Gaza in the hollow-but-vagely-gratifying-for-the-impotent gestures of defiance.
    The press is channeling Palestinian propaganda? Really? And that despite being “terrified out of the area” by those uppity arab semites? Odd reaction, that. Forgive me if I don’t take that seriously.

  11. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    Emotion? What emotion? The reply was logical and rational. It was your analysis that wasn’t.

    And this new diatribe is not worth my time — life is too short.

    Perhaps others hers have the patience.

  12. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    But i do stand by my previous comment: you’re an idiot.

  13. calzone says:

    That means you have no argument. You’re empty.

  14. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    no, that means you don’t have one, even though you think you do. it’s your head that’s empty.

    why is it that every nut thinks they have a case that merits a response?

  15. N00man says:

    Link to Tom Gross’s site is busted.

  16. Richard Landes says:

    response to calzone

    welcome back calzone:

    I heard several of these stories in detail on NPR this morning.

    Good for NPR. Of course these stories have been available for several days now, and it just may be that pressure from the blogosphere has made it more likely that the MSM will treat these matters.

    But why is this even an issue? What is the message implied by this percieved disinterested oversight or deliberate marginalization? That there’s an anti-Israel/ pro-Palestinian bias in our media? I think not. There is a certain element of folks that favor the underdog, and I don’t think anyone could make the argument that the Palestinians are anything but.

    Well i’d be willing to make the argument that they’re not the underdog but the sacrificial victim of arab-muslim hostility to israel. the very name “intifada” comes from the shrug of a large animal (camel, cow, horse) that chases away flies. the choice of the word makes it clear that the palestinians think of themselves as (part of) a much larger entity than the israelis (either 300 million arabs or 1.x million muslims). it’s really a fundamental flaw of western thinking to believe that because the underdog has successfully defending himself against the bully, that he’s no longer the underdog.

    as for your “i think not…” the fact that you immediately try and explain away the skew you deny suggests that you’re not as convinced as you think.

    And we sure got the footage of the arabs dancing after 9/11, even tho that was an infintismally small percentage of Muslims.

    And you think that that performance was exceptional rather than typical of the arab/muslim reaction? even lebanese christian arabs were cheering. this is very tired rhetoric about “the vast majority of muslims being moderate” — the latest polls indicate that even if it’s a moderate majority (in the west!), it’s a small one.

    I also don’t like the implication that there’s any underlying significance to the fact that there’s a young civil war going on in that pressure cooker. Is the message “Look at those barbaric arabs, they can’t govern themselves, they’re congenitally violent.”? That reminds me of some of the visitors to a forum I frequent that obviously come from stormfront or the aryan nations and post false stats that 50% of all violent crime is caused by blacks and that blacks are attacking white women in droves, and that cases of black on white crimes aren’t reported in the media. It’s startlingly similar.

    i disagree. the fairly clear implication of palestinian behavior is that they are indeed not ready to govern themselves, that they are so addicted to violent solutions that they kill themselves as easily (or more easily) than they do israelis, that they have no mercy on by-standers, including children. all that does suggest something disturbing: that their horror and indignation and hatred at israel for killing their civilians is a function not of concern for the civilians

    The fact is, I’ve seen many times that when the IDF kills innocent palestinians, when an operation goes bad, when access to a hot zone might not reflect positively on the IDF, the press is excluded. One of the pre-requisites of reporting from Israel and the border areas is that everything must be passed thru the military/govt filter for approval. OTOH, if a suicide bomber blows up a restaurant or bus in Israel, the reporters are fairly ushered to the scene and given full access, and the news is facillitated and disseminated profusely, worldwide.

    is this personal experience? or are you recounting anecdotes? the level of israeli “censorship” is dramatically lower than the PA censorship both in terms of the violence involved and the nature of the material suppressed. foreign reporters love to live in israel; since alan johnston, none will live in Gaza.

    The other thing I see here is the idea that Gaza is no longer occupied. This link would seem to counter that perception.
    Unless someone can refute it.

    This is from HRW, an NGO with a notoriously anti-Israel agenda. But the question is valid, and it’s a measure of Israeli justice that the issue has been debated before their Supreme Court. the key issue, of course, is the constant effort of the mad haters of gaza — esp the “democratically elected hamas” — to use every opportunity to do damage to israel. so the closings of crossings, the banning of flights and boats, are a direct function of gazan inability to cease their violence. israel isn’t occupying gaza, but it is at war with it.

  17. Richard Landes says:

    response again to calzone

    I don’t have much respect for the modern media, and this despite having worked in the biz for years. There are pockets of integrity. Yes, I do expect to be taken seriously. I don’t alway get what I expect, but life is like a grilled cheese sandwich. You want to know the “ratio of terrorists to civilians” killed by the Israelis? Interesting that you lump all the resistance into the category of “terrorist.” The rightwing Bushies do that too, when talking about the Iraqi resistance. I call that “linkage”. The Bush admin is superb at that little tactic, tho’ I’m not sure that all the Bushies that do it realize they’re following the formula. Well, let’s take a look at the numbers of recent. In the last Lebanese war the ratio was about 10 to one for innocent civilians killed by Israelis compared to militant fighters, chiefly Hezbollah.

    good grief. these figures have been contested with careful follow-up studies since the initial figures which fueled the hysteria about israeli disproportionate response.

    The IDF targeted the innocent civilians. They TARGETED them. No doubt in my military mind.

    that’s impressive. and what does your military mind base this doubtless conclusion on?

    By contrast, the relatively small number of Israelis killed by the party of God were overwhelmingly military. That, btw, is called military action action against legitimate targets. Hezbollah isn’t blameless, but you brought up the issue of degree. The IDF has for years deliberately targeted civilians, and kids. Haven’t you even ever read that commie leftwing self-hating rag Haaretz? Hey, don’t fret, the American forces do the same in Iraq. Makes you nod in understanding that Israel and the U.S. are such close allies. Well, maybe not YOU, but me. You indignantly bring up 1000’s of missiles sent to Israel by the Palestinians. Bit of hyperbole isn’t it? I can probably count the number of innocent Israeli citizens killed by those glorified mortar rounds on the fingers of my hands. The number of Palestinians killed by the most advanced, powerful, nuclear military in the middle east OTOH is quite high. As long as you want to talk “degree”. And yes, even today, as always, I hear about the hobby rockets sent over to Israel from Gaza in the hollow-but-vagely-gratifying-for-the-impotent gestures of defiance.

    i’m actually beginning to sympathize with some of the less patient commenters at this site about your comments, calzone. this is really pretty sad stuff, and makes it clear that you’re not really interested in either empiricism or fairness. if you know anything about the nature of the palestinian and the hizbullah resistance, you would understand that, given any real opportunity to inflict civilian damages on purpose, they’d jump for it. the idea that you can look at this situation and think that the israelis target civilians while their enemies are just looking for some vague, impotent gratification suggests that you live in a world driven by dogma, not humanity.

    you keep siding with those poor oppressed palestinians and hizbullah warriors, if such a hollow-but-vaguely-gratifying-for-the-impotent gesture of defiance makes you feel good. it’s unfortunately not impotent, and it hurts the people you allegedly sympathize with more than anyone. by affirming the anti-zionist narrative you empower the people like hizbullah and hamas who have a vested interest in the deaths of both israeli and arab muslim civilian deaths. good work there old boy.

    The press is channeling Palestinian propaganda? Really? And that despite being “terrified out of the area” by those uppity arab semites? Odd reaction, that. Forgive me if I don’t take that seriously.

    what’s odd about it? when you’re cowardly (as well as ideologically foolish) you channel the message of he who will knee-cap you without a second thought, rather than he who will complain about you’re being unfair. forgive me if i don’t take you seriously. surely you can do better than this.

  18. Michael B says:

    Admitting I only listen to NPR once or twice a week, still, when NPR actually has called attention to the deterioration and internecine “problems” in Gaza they have done so in a secondary or minor key, very much in the manner or mode of treating it as a secondary problem or curiosity, very much in a manner that serves to lull one’s focus/attention rather than heightening a sense of focus and lending an acute sense of historical and contemporary perspective.

    For one contrast, imagine if Israel were experiencing such internecine conflicts, summary executions, autocratic and tribal intiatives, etc. Does anyone believe such a scenario would be reported in a minor or secondary key? (And preemptively, why, precisely, would a comparison with Israel be deemed inappropriate?)

    For another and equally telling contrast, imagine if, instead of such reporting techniques, the current Gazan dissolution were reported more poignantly, with more depth historically, socially, politically, etc. Historically such depth could illuminate the summary executions and brutal forms of oppression and control that go back to the ’20s and ’30s, the days of Hassan al-Banna, the days of the Grand Mufti Amin al-Husseini and his own tactics, his protracted and eager and willing association with the Hitler/Himmler “initiative,” his “protocols” for maintaining order among Arab populations in the Levant, his summary executions within those populations, his role as mentor of Yassir Arafat, etc.

    But such in depth reporting is instead studiously avoided when it comes to the inter-generational Arab refugees aka Palestinians. Instead Palestinian reportage is always and ever done in a minor key, essentially rendered in a passive voice, one that in point of fact does lull any more critical acumen into a mode of inattention, abstraction and seductive credulousness.

    What is omitted, what is elided and occluded and denied, habitually and systematically and all too predictably, by at times a naive and credulous press and at other times a feral and malignant and mendacious press, are all too often enormities of momentous consequence. And yet, when the historical and contemporary information doesn’t fit the victim narrative …

    Still, as calzone notes, token forms of such reportage do take place, including on NPR. Pitiable though, that such anemic, inept, superficial reportage is served up as apologetic for the superfluity of incompetence that it serves to mask.

  19. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    i hope that the responses to calzone (aka jeffb 2) will enlighten other readers, as i doubt it will him.

    the reason i did not bother with the likes of them is that the gap between reality and their own (military this time!) minds that they alone are impressed with is so enormous, that they don’t merit a response: either some dogma/hatred interferes with judgment, or they lack any thereof, or some combination of both.

    these are the products of what I claim to be the collapse of educational system and the demise of knowledge and reason — as distinct from intuition and projection from personal experience. they are a lost cause, because they are the void of the fundamentals on the basis of which to conduct rational exchanges.

  20. calzone says:

    Michael B….
    You writing is blood-curdling, it’s bloated, horrific & horrendous. Please, try to keep in mind that the idea of “more is better” does not generally apply to words.

  21. calzone says:

    Ricardo wrote:
    “it’s really a fundamental flaw of western thinking to believe that because the underdog has (is) successfully defending himself against the bully, that he’s no longer the underdog.”
    You’re talking about the Palestinians here…..right?
    No. They aren’t successfully defending themselves. How could they? They simply aren’t meekly walking to their deaths.
    Much as it obviously *irks* you, the cheering Palestinians were the extreme minority. The vast majority of Muslims are moderate. You cannot spin me Rich. You cannot misrepresent the truth to me. You cannot manage my perception.
    You can disagree that what’s going on with the underlying message above is the same kind of bigotry and hatred that the pimply, off-white, cross-burning yahoos practice, but it amounts to whistling past the graveyard.

  22. calzone says:

    Your “disagree” paragraph is stark evidence of that same dynamic at work. You won’t agree…again…with that assessment, but as long as you allow dissenting script on your site, you’ll have to endure it.
    You question my characterization of the Israeli treatment of the media, of the access manipulation, the censorship? What do want, signed affadavits, videos, photos? If you really think my descriptions are false, you don’t have any idea about what’s going on over there. Amazing. Utterly amazing.

  23. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    as i suspected, giving any attention to such idiots only increases their sense of importance and gives them a platform for bullshit.

    ignoring them is the best policy.

    i mean, he dumps a ton of crap and then criticizes others for not being succinct when they do answer to the point. just give me a break.

  24. calzone says:

    Disproportianate Israeli response, and civilians killed. You say it’s now been proven wrong in a “careful study” by CAMERA! Camera is a propaganda org whose sole purpose is to disseminate disinformation. So, are you gonna tell me you didn’t know that? Are you gonna deny that? I invite anyone reading this who isn’t 100% hands-on-cheek taken in by the one-way perspective on this blog to investigate Camera. Look at Memri too. Don’t just stop at the first 10 entries on the net, keep going and really look into the criticisms and people who run those sites. You’ll shake your head in disbelief if you have any passion for the truth.

  25. calzone says:

    On what do I base my statement that the Israelis target civilians. It would take 3 feet of text here if you wanna go pre-last-year Lebanese infrastructure destruction, but limiting it to that encounter, I base it on the media accounts, many different accounts, all collated and painting an uncontested picture. 2 examples would be fleeing civilians, on foot and in family vehicle-groups targeted and shot or blown to pieces by helicopters and ship battery, bombs and artillery on civilian homes and businesses, and incredible amounts (the vast majority) of cluster bombs dropped on the last day of the conflict while ceasefire talks were underway. But all that’s really needed is the ratio of civilians to fighter casualties.

  26. calzone says:

    You say I “affirm the anti-zionist narratives”. In your response, you affirm the anti-zionist narrative.
    I don’t need to affirm the anti-zionist narrative, the zionists do a wonderful job of that without any assistance. That’s probably why Israel is the most disliked and distrusted country in the world, followed by the U.S. and Iran.
    And if I’m working as a journalist, and someone kicks me out summarily or censors my reports, no Mr. Freud, I’m not going to go all swedish-syndrome on them, I’m going to do what any reasonable person would do, I’m going to take a long, hard look at them with a justifiably jaundiced eye.

  27. calzone says:

    My link to prove that Gaza is still occupied and under Israeli control you summarily dismiss by saying “Those damn NGO’s and HUMAN RIGHTS ORGS…there so anti-Israel.” Good………grief. Then crow proudly how it’s all mitigated by the fact that the issue is “debated in court”. For 40 yrs the Palestinians’ grievances have been “debated in courts” and we end up with modern day Gaza. Sorry dude, if I ain’t eaten anything but rice and mint flavored bulghur wheat in a week and bullets are flying over my head and my family is being whittled away, I don’t give a damn about what you “debate in court”. A people being raped doesn’t either.

  28. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    see what i mean? if you give them attention, they dump. if you don’t, they claim you have no response.
    trolls always winn.

  29. Cynic says:

    #16 to use every opportunity to do damage to israel. so the closings of crossings,

    And just this evening Israel disclosed on its Channel 10 news that two Islamic Jihad women were aprehended at a crossing, Erez I think, hoping to get hospital attention and from there instead of returning to Gaza, carry out two bombings, one in Tel Aviv and the other Netanya. One a mother of 8 and pregnant.
    But of course if Jeffb is reading this it cannot be true cause the Israelis “said it”!

    Calzone said:
    Sorry dude, if I ain’t eaten anything but rice and mint flavored bulghur wheat in a week and bullets are flying over my head and my family is being whittled away, I don’t give a damn about what you “debate in court”. A people being raped doesn’t either.

  30. Cynic says:

    And if I’m working as a journalist, and someone kicks me out summarily or censors my reports, no Mr. Freud, I’m not going to go all swedish-syndrome on them, I’m going to do what any reasonable person would do, I’m going to take a long, hard look at them with a justifiably jaundiced eye.

    just like those two Fox News guys and Yvonne Ridley and ……….?

  31. Michael B says:

    calzone,

    If I were on anything other than the receiving end of your disdain I’d be disappointed. It’s not the disdain per se that I relish, it’s knowing who it originates from. (And that you take the style at face value speaks to a certain naive quality you otherwise would not be susceptible to, but your ego’s involved, no? In that vein you evidence more weaknesses than you’re likely to imagine.) But yes, you do place yourself above it all, little else is evident, but that much certainly is.

  32. Cynic says:

    By the way the latest from HRW:
    Gaza: Armed Palestinian Groups Commit Grave Crimes

    A flying pig moment?

    ” These attacks by both Hamas and Fatah constitute brutal assaults on the most fundamental humanitarian principles. The murder of civilians not engaged in hostilities and the willful killing of captives are war crimes, pure and simple. “

  33. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    cynic,

    had i thought those IJ maniacs had any kind of brain capable of more than killing and destruction I might have thought that they were concerned that the medical treatment in israeli hospitals buy israel too much admiration from the treated and from the world, so they set up a way to terminate that.

    but no, they just wanted to use this “weakness” of the enemy to kill and destroy some more. because who care about the deaths in that “intellectual backwater of jewry”, right?

  34. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    as to HRW, it’s only OK when the pals do this to israelis; it’s when they do it to their own people that it’s a problem.

  35. Richard Landes says:

    Ricardo wrote:
    “it’s really a fundamental flaw of western thinking to believe that because the underdog has (is) successfully defending himself against the bully, that he’s no longer the underdog.”
    You’re talking about the Palestinians here…..right?

    you’re being facetious, right? i can’t tell just what you do understand, given how bizarrely you reason.

    No. They aren’t successfully defending themselves. How could they? They simply aren’t meekly walking to their deaths.

    okay, help me here. “walking to their deaths” implies that, if they don’t resist (with things like suicide terror) the israelis will kill them. is this what you believe? or is this just your idea of useful rhetoric? i thought their option was the oslo war of 2000, or the oslo peace settlement of 2000, between a war in which their population is subject to strong measure repression (checkpoints, curfews, etc), and a peace in which they can build their own lives. now if you want to argue that the offer at camp david was just bantustans, okay, then the choice is between death with honor or life without dignity… but that’s not “meekly walking to their deaths.” so what are you saying? do you even know?

    Much as it obviously *irks* you, the cheering Palestinians were the extreme minority. The vast majority of Muslims are moderate. You cannot spin me Rich. You cannot misrepresent the truth to me. You cannot manage my perception.

    okay. but what if others are spinning you? how will you know? did you read the article on lebanese christian arabs that i linked to? do you think these people made this stuff up? where does empirical evidence come into your mental processes?

    You can disagree that what’s going on with the underlying message above is the same kind of bigotry and hatred that the pimply, off-white, cross-burning yahoos practice, but it amounts to whistling past the graveyard.

    i’ve heard of mixed metaphors before, but this is mixed clichés. tell me, what kind of evidence do you need to realize the degree of bigotry and hatred that the muslim yahoos practice? or is this predetermined — any criticism of islam is islamophobia and evidence of yahoo racism. in which case, how will you ever think your way out of the paper bag you’re in?

  36. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    richard,

    surveying what’s happening in gaza and fatah’s blaming israel for it i can’t help concluding that the west’s and israel’s stupid support of the corrupt Fatah politicians has done nothing but simply destroyed their willingness and capacity to fight even for their own lives.

    watching the pathetic abbas issuing statements of this is nobody’s fault but israel’s and US’s, admitting it’s a hamas coup, yet not even capable of leaving the “unity” govt, and having his fighters exterminated without giving the order to fight back — there is no better evidence of the folly of supporting him.

    if up until now there were voices to “engage” hamas, that will now become the mainstream’s slogan and it’s horrific to think what this sense of a jihadi victory will unleash.

  37. fp\http://fallofknowledgeandreason.blogspot.com/ says:

    “Gunmen and civilians were looting the compound, hauling out computers, documents, office equipment, furniture and TVs.”

    Seems familiar. Now, where did we see this in the recent past?

    “We are telling our people that the past era has ended and will not return,” Islam Shahawan, a Hamas spokesman, told Hamas radio. “The era of justice and Islamic rule have arrived.”

    Not longer a footnote, is it? I have an idea what DeSoto’s reaction will be.

  38. Eliyahu says:

    before I let go of our would-be truth seeker, Mr Pants [calzone], I’d like to point out that neither Gaza nor Judea-Samaria were or are “occupied” by Israel for the simple reason that these areas were part of the Jewish National Home juridically erected by the international community at the 1920 San Remo Conference, endorsed by the League of Nations in the 1922 “Mandate for Palestine,” agreed to by the USA in the “Anglo-American Convention on Palestine,” confirmed by Article 80 of the UN Charter, and left unchanged by the UN General Assembly partition plan recommendation [all General Assembly resolutions on political issues are mere recommendations, according to Article 11 of the UN Charter] of 29 November 1947. The Judeophobic powers that be that did not take action to stop or alleviate the Holocaust [the UK first of all], have conveniently forgotten what I have stated above, as have the MSM as well as the ostensibly “independent” NPR which happens to be a US-govt funded radio network.
    For more on the issue of the status of the Land of Israel in international law, I recommend to Mr Pants that he read the several articles on this matter on the Israel White Paper website:
    http://www.israelwhitepaper.org/ as well as the article linked to below:
    http://www.think-israel.org/green.sanremo.html
    I also suggest that he starts checking up documents and the original texts of treaties and conventions. He might start with what the Geneva and Hague conventions say about the use of non-combatants as “human shields.”
    This use was practiced both by the Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza and by the Hizbullah in Lebanon. See links below:
    http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2006/07/everyday-lies-about-international-law.html

    http://ziontruth.blogspot.com/2006/11/hizbullahs-war-crimes-amnesty-human.html

    Now, I will proceed to something that is less important about Mr Pants, but that annoys me all the same. It may be just a matter of style. He insists on calling Prof Richard Landes “Ricardo.” RL hasn’t complained but I would point out that “calzone” should stay with his Italian persona and not ignorantly slip into a Spanish or Hispanophone persona. Just as one should not mix metaphors for an agreeable and persuasive style, likewise one should not mix linguistic personas. Calzone is Italian [for pants, trousers] whereas Riccardo [note the two {2} Cs] is the Italian form of Richard. On the other hand, Ricardo is Spanish, and perhaps Portuguese, as far as I know. Maybe it’s only a matter of style but why does il Signor Calzone needlessly irritate his readers?

    To conclude, it’s curious that Mr Pants, who surely would describe himself as an “anti-imperialist,” takes the same position in effect as that taken by the British Empire in its “White Paper on Palestine” of 1939.

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