Tuesday, August 12, 2014

News You Should Have Seen...

Top of the evening to all...

Last week, there was a protest outside the CNN offices in New York City.  The protest was by a pro-Israel group on the shoddy, biased reporting coming out of Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.

I have thought for years that the press has been strongly against Israel.  I believe this to be true.  However, there have been some interesting pieces over the last few weeks.  These news pieces have suggested other possibilities going beyond bias.  You should see them.

I have endeavoured to pull these web links from something other than the Jewish or Israeli media.

The first link is from NDTV - The Times of India.  http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/ndtv-exclusive-how-hamas-assembles-and-fires-rockets-571033 It reports on a rocket being assembled and launched right near their hotel.

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/08/01/finnish-tv-reporter-at-gazas-al-shifa-hospital-its-true-that-rockets-are-launched-here-from-the-gazan-side-into-israel-video/  This is from a Finnish reporter.  She was startled as a rocket was launched near where she was standing in the parking lot of Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/press-releases/unrwa-condemns-placement-rockets-second-time-one-its-schools  This is from the UNRWA.  It is after the second of three times that rockets were found on UNRWA property.

http://www.fpa.org.il/?categoryId=73840 - Foreign Press Association is an Israeli organization representing foreign reporters in the region.  In this article, the organization strongly condemns the behaviour of the peace-loving neighbours to our south in controlling the press so rigidly.  The rest of the article is not exactly pro-Israel,

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-28688179  The statistician at the BBC questions the casualty rates as reported by the Gazans.  There is a similar article in the New York Times.

Out of #Gaza far from #Hamas retaliation: misfired rocket killed children yday in Shati. Witness: militants rushed and cleared debris  @gabrielebarbati  An Italian reporter tweeted what we have here, but only after he was out of Gaza.  

http://www.france24.com/en/20140805-exclusive-video-hamas-rocket-launching-pad-near-gaza-homes-un-building/  And this is from a French news station.  

All of these articles support what the Israeli government has been saying all along - that there has been weapons fire from schools, hospitals, and hotel areas and that there has been intimidation of the press.

Taken together, one must assume that much of what Israel has been doing is not in violation of Geneva conventions.  At the absolute least, the burden of proof on those making such accusations has just gotten much higher.

Have a good evening.


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