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This is what you wake up to in London if you are unlucky enough to get the Times. Der Stürmer called, they want their incitement cartoon back.
So clearly Israel is TARGETING, with big cartoon missiles, defenceless families huddled under a broken umbrella sitting in the ruins of what was once their homes. No Hamas in sight. That’s accurate. (Or not if you know what you’re talking about.)
On the facing page is a wonderful and heartfelt article, packed with real facts and no distortions, by Melanie Phillips. BUT ITS NOT GOT AN ISRAELI CARTOON BOMB AND SOME SCARED KIDS!
So don’t read it!
Look at the CARTOON ISRAELI BOMB and the CARTOON UMBRELLA!
Really, don’t read the truth, we only put it here so we could run the CARTOON ISRAELI INNOCENT CIVILIAN KILLING BOMB!
It’s such a pity they didn’t draw a Star of David on the Bomb. But oh, wait, they couldn’t. Nobody is quite sure if the Star of David is a Jewish symbol or a Zionist symbol so we better be careful.
Meanwhile here’s Melanie’s piece. Don’t read Melanie, look at the CARTOON ZIONAZI ISRAEL MURDERING PALESTINIAN CHILDREN BOMB. It is much more interesting.
Published at 12:01AM, August 4 2014
Innocent civilians will continue to die until the brutal manipulations of Hamas are exposed Ed Miliband has berated David Cameron for not condemning Israel’s attacks in Gaza. No 10 says it is shocked that Mr Miliband is making political capital out of the war. Meanwhile Philip Hammond, the foreign secretary, says the suffering in Gaza is intolerable and has called for an unconditional humanitarian ceasefire.
The exchanges illustrate the widespread incomprehension of the nature of this conflict and the uniquely dreadful dilemma it poses.
The civilian suffering, particularly the dead and injured children, is indeed appalling and tragic. No one of any conscience could fail to be horrified. With these sickening images regularly broadcast on TV, and with interviewers all but accusing Israeli spokesmen of being cruel and reckless child-killers, it is no surprise that much of the public is being inflamed against Israel.
People don’t realise, however, how their emotions are being manipulated. They are not being shown how Hamas is using its own people as human shields and sacrifices, to enable it to continue firing rockets at Israeli civilians and to increase its own civilian casualties in order to turn western opinion against Israel.
It has built no shelters, forcing civilians to use UN schools, for instance, instead. It has ordered Gazans to ignore Israeli warnings to flee their houses and stay put under bombardment.
Declassified Israeli aerial pictures show rocket launchers situated in mosques, schools and playgrounds. Hamas rockets have been found stashed in three UN-run schools. A senior UN official, John Ging, has said Hamas “are firing their rockets into Israel from the vicinity of UN facilities and residential areas”.
Shifa hospital also acts as a Hamas command centre. Reporters know this, as they often conduct interviews there with Hamas spokesmen. Yet this detail is generally denied to the public. Nor are the public informed about rocket fire from that hospital. A Finnish journalist was a lone exception when she recently reported that a rocket was launched from the hospital’s parking lot.
Such war crimes aren’t usually publicised because reporters work under an implicit threat. One Spanish journalist admitted: “We did see Hamas people launching rockets close to our hotel, but if ever we dared point our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.”
Instead, news reports parrot the Hamas line. So the “overwhelming majority” of the casualties are reported to be civilian. In fact, an analysis by Al Jazeera shows that most of those killed have been young men of fighting age, not women, children or old people. Rules published by Hamas order anyone talking to the media to describe all Gaza casualties as “innocent civilians” and ensure “there is no evidence of rockets being fired from Gaza population centres”.
There is also virtually no reporting of Gazan casualties caused by Hamas’s own rockets falling short. Last Monday, there were explosions in a kindergarten and Shifa’s outpatient clinic. The media immediately blamed Israeli airstrikes. Yet both Israel and official Palestinian media blamed misfired Hamas rockets — a fact endorsed by a reporter who said he could only do so once he left Gaza and escaped Hamas intimidation.
The Israelis take more care than any other army to avoid harming civilians, warning them by leaflet, phone, text or warning shots to flee. Their rules of engagement restrict them from attacking where they know civilians are present, although when gunfire comes from a hospital or school the IDF are entitled to return fire. They have also aborted dozens of attacks when civilians are present. Yet it is the Israelis who are vilified as child-killers.
Ed Miliband says he condemns what Hamas is doing. How else, though, is Hamas to be stopped? Israel has stuck to every ceasefire. Hamas has broken every one of them, although it denies doing so.
The thousands of rocket attacks from Gaza in recent years have forced the residents of southern Israel to race for the shelters. The tunnels into Israel pose an even graver threat of mass murder and kidnappings of Israelis.
All decent people want an end to the deaths of innocents. But Hamas refuses to stop trying to murder Israeli civilians. It stated aim is to destroy Israel and kill every Jew. Philip Hammond said: “We understand that Israel has concerns and that Hamas has concerns” — as if there were a moral equivalence between those bent on genocide and their victims.
The Arab world (except for Qatar) wants Hamas destroyed. The King of Saudi Arabia condemned the “collective massacre” in Gaza but conspicuously did not blame Israel.
It comes to something, does it not, when the Arab world seems to be better disposed towards Israel, the region’s sole democracy, than much of the British political class.