Rockets? What Rockets??

Though the ceasefire between Israel and Gaza still holds, and the sirens (at least in the South) have been silenced, the media barrage against Israel continues. Earlier I noted the lack of balance in Tony Lerman’s New York Times opinion piece in which he criticizes Israel’s military operation but fails to mention the word “rocket” even once. Since then, I’ve repeated the same handy dandy maneuver of using ctrl f with the word “rocket” to check coverage of the conflict in online news items.

Let’s begin with Harriet Sherwood of The Guardian. Featuring a pitiful photo of Gazans picking through a tall pile of gray rubble, Ms. Sherwood’s piece quotes Naima Musabeh, who says, “There is nothing left, we lost everything. Where is the good from this? We are destroyed.”

Milan, demonstration

Gray piles of Gazan rubble. Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com

Now in Ms. Sherwood’s place I would have said, “Well, Naima, had you not let that nice young Hamas terrorist set up his rocket launcher in your living room, this might not have happened to you.”

But no. Ms. Sherwood wouldn’t dare mention the “r” word, now would she? That would not serve her anti-Israel agenda at all.

Moving right along, we come to another glorious New York Times piece, this time about the BDS movement gaining traction in Europe as a result of the “Gaza War,” as if the war were confined to Gaza, alone. This long-winded piece, complete with lengthy quote from MP George Galloway, and illustrated with a photo of demonstrating Muslims decrying, “Israel’s attacks on Gaza,” rationalizes the BDS movement, tying it to the operation in Gaza without once mentioning the provocation for that operation. Again, the simple six-letter word “rocket” is blatantly omitted (from a piece numbering some 30 paragraphs) and along with it, all context, balance, or any semblance of journalistic neutrality.

Next up, this report from the UN News Centre on Gazan poverty and oppression begins, “Even before the latest crisis in the Gaza Strip, the tiny enclave’s local economy was in a state of total collapse, chiefly due to the accumulated impact of a crushing seven-year blockade and two devastating Israeli military operations in November 2012 and December 2008.”

Oh really? I thought the total collapse of Gaza’s economy was due to Hamas was using aid and supplies to turn Gaza into one large launching pad aimed at Israel. Apparently, the UN doesn’t find any merit in this idea of self-induced misery, since the report fails to mention, even once, the word “rocket.”

Then of course we have this contribution by the ever-faithful Ma’an News Agency, which tells the sad tale of a 23 year-old Gazan woman who succumbed to “wounds sustained during the latest Israeli assault on Gaza,” as if Israel just unleashed its full military might on tiny little defenseless Gaza for absolutely NO REASON WHATSOEVER.

Milan, demonstration

Jewish children, like Daniel Tragerman, are of no concern to these demonstrators.
Stefano Tinti / Shutterstock.com

Um. It’s not that I’m callous. I don’t like to hear about civilians dying, but seriously, bias much? The piece has me inventing knock knock jokes:

Knock knock.

Who’s there?

11,000 rockets.

11,000 rockets who? I don’t see any rockets, what rockets? Where? Rockets? What’s a rocket?

No rockets mentioned in the piece about the late lamented Gazan woman. Not a one. She just died. Because Israel. Okay?

Last (but only for now), is this piece from the New York Observer complaining that the war between Hamas and Israel made Tablet go all right wing. Tsk. Basically, this rant accuses Tablet of defecting from the ranks, mainly because it is now posting opinions from both the left AND THE RIGHT of the political spectrum.

That might have been okay before Gaza, claims writer Amy Klein as if Gaza happened in a vacuum, but it’s not okay NOW. And of course those 11,000 plus rockets Hamas shot into Israel were too piddly to even rate a mention by this august writer whose byline mentions the tantalizing fact that “Amy Klein is a New York-based writer who has written for most of the Jewish publications mentioned.”

Yes, she certainly did mention a whole lot of Jewish publications in her piece.  Ms. Klein, however, mentions not one of the thousands of rockets shot at her Jewish brothers and sisters.

I guess that’s simply not PC.

Rockets, Israel, Sderot, direct hit on a home

Rockets? What rockets??
ChameleonsEye / Shutterstock.com

About Varda Epstein

A third-generation-born Pittsburgher on her mother’s mother’s side, Varda moved to Israel 34 years ago and is a crazy political animal who spams people with right wing political articles on Facebook in between writing about education as the communications writer at Kars for Kids, raising her 12 children, and noshing constantly on fried food

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  • kweansmom

    Tablet has always been pro-Israel. Anyone who didn’t notice that wasn’t paying attention. The New York Observer just thinks it is inconsistent with being hip and cool. I guess Tablet missed the memo on how to be properly cool

    • mzk1_1

      Or in other words, killing Jews is once again cool, as it has been for most of history, going back three or four thousand years. We have, of course, come full circle.

  • JMC

    “Well, Naima, had you not let that nice young Hamas terrorist set up his rocket launcher in your living room, this might not have happened to you.”

    Of course you have evidence supporting that a terrorist set up his rocket launcher in her living room correct? No, of course not. Both the terrorist and launcher were destroyed in an act of “self defense” right?

    It’s not about, “rockets”, or “self defense.” Israel doesn’t want peace, Israel wants everything. I.e. land, and resources.

    • Mr. Idaho

      An emotional response in the face of evidence to the contrary.

    • dabney

      Oh, really? It’s not about rockets or self defense? If Israel only wants land and resources and everything, then please tell me – why did they LEAVE Gaza 9 years ago and force the existing Jewish communities out?

      I’m terribly sorry it upsets you that Israel foiled Hamas’ plan to slaughter the population of Israel through endless rocket attacks and death-squad tunnels.

      And I’m so very sorry that – unlike the snakes who run Gaza – Israel actually cares enough about its civilians to build bomb shelters and develop anti-rocket missiles.

      I’d like to see what you would do if Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy dug tunnels into your backyard to get to your sleeping children.

      • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

        Bingo, dabney.

      • JMC

        I’m not sure of the real reason about the 2005 departure. I do know that Israel did close to 1,000 acres of land from the West Bank in “response” to the deaths of the three Israeli teens. The same “response” was used to kill a couple thousand Palestinians, all of whom were “guilty” right?

        I’ve never indicated any support of plans to, “slaughter the population of Israel…” So, your assertion that I’m upset that Hamas’ plans to slaughter Israelis had been foiled is completely false. Just so I can try to understand your logic…. Israel thwarted Hamas’ plan to slaughter Israelis by actually carrying out a slaughter? So allegedly planning something is worse than actually carrying out the act?

        Hmm, an estimated 44 Israelis have died (since 2001) from rocket attacks and at least 2,100 Palestinians have died in the latest operation alone…. So, which is the slaughter? Oh wait…semantics comes to save the day. Let’s call it, “self-defense.”

        One more thing about your, “logic.” Just because a person(s) dislikes or abhors the killing of Palestinian civilians does not mean they automatically support Hamas or any other particular organization. And by the way, which country in the Middle East helped create and support Hamas?

        • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

          So since you’re not sure of the reason it negates the fact that Israel expelled 8,500 Jews from their homes and gave the land, lock, stock, and barrel, to the Arabs? And you think that Israel should have assured, in its defense of its people against 11,000 rockets, that more Jews were killed to make things fair and balanced?

          • JMC

            As far as having given the land, “lock, stock, and barrel” to the Arabs… Are there severe restrictions of persons and material (construction, food, medicines, etc.)entry into the land? Whatever the rationalization is for checkpoints, searches and seizures doesn’t negate the fact that just because you made someone’s jail cell bigger, it’s still a jail cell.

            As far as, “…more Jews were killed to make things fair and balanced?”…. 1. I didn’t advocate or in any way say that more Jews should be killed. 2. As far as fair and balanced, is your last question actually an admission that the killing of thousands of Palestinians is not balanced in comparison to the amount of Israelis killed?

            Just because someone objects to the killing of Palestinians does not mean they endorse the killing of Israelis.

            • dabney

              Are there severe restrictions of persons and material (construction, food, medicines, etc.)entry into the land?

              Stop lying. Food and medicines are not restricted. As for construction materials that Israel gave them – well, now, we see what the Arab leadership did with that, don’t we. Oh, and the masses upon masses of international aid has lined the pockets of Khaled and Ismail quite nicely, too! So dedicated to the well-being of their people.

              Whatever the rationalization is for checkpoints, searches and seizures doesn’t negate the fact that just because you made someone’s jail cell bigger, it’s still a jail cell.

              I like how you dismiss homicidal terror attacks with, “whatever the rationalization…”. Yeah, axe murders of elderly, beheadings of sleeping infants … WHATEVS! If they don’t want a “jail cell”, then perhaps they might consider, y’know, like… not trying to wipe out the Jews. Just a thought.

            • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

              Not until they started using those items to make rockets and launch them at Jews. Not until they started using those items to make tunnels that lead into Jewish communities. That is the rationalization. The only rationalization and a perfectly logical one. If they will stop shooting at us and digging tunnels to our communities, those restrictions will be eased.

              No. It is not an admission of your stupid premise. It’s putting your stupid premise into its stupid context: if the same number of people don’t die on either side, that means the side that loses more men is to be pitied, excused, or thought of as massacred. Dumb diddly dumb dumb.

            • Inessa

              Ignoring the fact that the restrictions on the construction materials were as a result of the materials being used to build terror tunnels instead of schools, houses etc, and ignoring the fact that the blockade was not imposed initially, but only after Hamas came to power and made their genocidal intentions crystal clear. Even ignoring the fact that while they claim (falsely) that they have a shortage of medicines due to the blockade, they still have syringes and tranquilizers to store in the tunnels, dug to enter to kindergartens specifically for abducting children; let’s focus on the fact that they procured HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF ROCKETS. Rockets are large objects and cost a fair bit each. I would think if they are so resourceful, they could get some packs of penicillin and some rice bags strapped to the rockets. All this braying about siege and blockade – they got rockets through by thousands.

            • Apartheidthynameispalestine

              Hey Pally. Ever read Oslo II. Try explaining the bit about complete disarmament of Gaza. Then read wars crimes in the Geneva Convention and do tells us how many YOU think HAMAS are guilty of

              After you’ve drawn your latest HAMAS pay check that is

        • dabney

          I’m not sure of the real reason about the 2005 departure.
          – Do you think it was a Mossad plot to fool the innocent, unsuspecting Arabs? Disengagement-washing?

          The same “response” was used to kill a couple thousand Palestinians
          – And the fact that Hamas decided to step-up its usual low-level rocket aggression (the aggression that Israel just quietly lives with daily) by lobbing hundreds of rockets has nothing to do with Israel’s response – sorry, “response” – eh?

          Israel thwarted Hamas’ plan to slaughter Israelis by actually carrying out a slaughter? So allegedly planning something is worse than actually carrying out the act?
          – Again: Hamas fired many rockets into Israel with the intent to kill. They also dug tunnels, equipped with weapons, motorcycles, handcuffs, and syringes filled with tranquilizers. Do you think they were planning a picnic in the park? And do you really think any responsible government would wait around for a massacre instead of preventing it? You don’t actually believe your own b.s., do you?

          So, which is the slaughter? Oh wait…semantics comes to save the day. Let’s call it, “self-defense.”
          – You don’t have a firm grasp of the definition of “intent”. Hamas rockets intended to kill as many Israelis as possible. They launched almost FOUR THOUSAND rockets during this war alone. If only every other rocket killed only one person, there would be 2,000 Israelis dead. But Israelis had bomb shelters and an anti-rocket missile system to help avert the blood-bath that Hamas intended.

          Israel launched attacks with the intent of rooting out the source of rocket fire and the tunnels. If Hamas had built shelters for their children, and avoided deliberately placing them in the line of fire, then there would not be 2,000 Gazans dead. If Israel’s intent was to massacre civilians, then they would not bother to waste time issuing warnings to the population about the location of the upcoming attacks. They would carpet-bomb Gaza and the casualties would number in the tens of thousands. But these are simple facts you seem incapable of comprehending for some reason.

          And by the way, which country in the Middle East helped create and support Hamas?

          I don’t know. Oh, I suppose you mean Israel. Of course. Israel’s very existence has brought out the beast in everyone, it seems. To the world’s everlasting shame.

          • JMC

            “- Do you think it was a Mossad plot to fool the innocent, unsuspecting Arabs? Disengagement-washing?”

            I never said anything about plots or conspiracies. But since you mentioned that particular organization, can you please state for the record its motto?

            “- And the fact that Hamas decided to step-up its usual low-level rocket aggression (the aggression that Israel just quietly lives with daily) by lobbing hundreds of rockets has nothing to do with Israel’s response – sorry, “response” – eh?”

            Again, it’s the objection to the killing of Palestinian civilians not some kind of support or justification of Hamas’s actions. Oh wait, all the Palestinians that where killed were standing next to rocket launchers right?

            “If only every other rocket killed only one person, there would be 2,000 Israelis dead.”

            That’s one big, “If.” By the way, every other rocket didn’t kill one person. As abhorrent as it is if 2,000 could have died, it’s not the same as actually killing 2,000 Palestinians. One happened, the other didn’t.

            “…then they would not bother to waste time issuing warnings to the population about the location of the upcoming attacks.”

            How very chivalrous. Telling someone they’re going to get killed soon as opposed to just killing them. Are construction materials, funds, medical equipment, food, etc. in abundance to support structure such as shelters, etc. Tunnels have been used by the way to shelter people.

            “Intent”…Puhhhhleeeez….. what a spokesperson says is happening doesn’t mean it is happening as that spokesperson says.

            • dabney

              Again, it’s the objection to the killing of Palestinian civilians not some kind of support or justification of Hamas’s actions

              Perhaps you should write to your Hamas councilman and complain about their lax bomb-shelter policy.

              How very chivalrous. Telling someone they’re going to get killed soon as opposed to just killing them.

              What a stunning lack of comprehension. It’s not “chivalrous”, it’s strategically nuts to reveal your plan to the enemy. But Israel does it because they want to avoid killing civilians as much as is humanly possible in an urban war zone … with a genocidal enemy combatant that couldn’t care less about their own civilians.

              “Intent”…Puhhhhleeeez….. what a spokesperson says is happening doesn’t mean it is happening as that spokesperson says.
              I don’t need a “spokesperson” to tell me that my people are not barbaric. Stop projecting your own warped values onto the Jews.

              I’ve had more than enough of this. Go live happily in your Hamas dreamworld.

              • Mr. Idaho

                For some, the Hamas dreamworld is a real “drag”

            • mzk1_1

              Mossad’s motto is Proverbs 11:14, about the need for clever strategies (tachbulot) and advice. And, by the way, that’s got to be the coolest website of any intelligence agency. It looks like something from out of a movie, And yes, there is a “help wanted” link right there at the top of the home page.

          • cba

            “Disengagement-washing”

            I’m so going to steal that.

        • mzk1_1

          So the killing of about 1,000 terrorists is “slaughter”. That certainly implies support of Hamas.
          I’m sorry enough Jews didn’t die to satisfy your bloodthirsty tastes.

          • dabney

            What “terrorists”? Don’t believe what the Zionazi “spokespeople” tell you! Israel only goes after children – disabled, blind, wheelchair-bound, orphaned children and their puppies.

        • Apartheidthynameispalestine

          1000acres wow! So Israel ” took” a small farm. Big deal. Whose land was it and please please don’t be an idiot and say ” the Palestinians”

          Those who died would not have died had HAMAS not started this war. Remember they start All the wars , they ignored every ceasefire that would have saved lives. Also back in 2005 when Israel was bombarded with rocket and mortar attacks, after every Jew had left that area Jews have lived in for thousands of years, on a near daily basis, Israel did not retaliate, there was no blockade for TWO YEARS,

      • JMC

        Sorry for being rude by not commenting on your last statement. I wouldn’t do anything. First of all, I don’t have a back yard. Secondly, since all three of the mentioned serial killers are dead, I’m pretty sure I’m safe from them.

        • dabney

          Another display of your brilliance.

        • cba

          “since all three of the mentioned serial killers are dead, I’m pretty sure I’m safe from them”

          So Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy were massacred? You admit that they were intentionally killed? And I’m certain they were unarmed at the time they were murdered. That MUST be a crime against humanity!

    • cba

      In fairness to Naima, it’s more than possible that if he’d said, “No, Mr. Hamas guy, you CAN’T set up your rocket launcher here,” then Mr. Hamas guy and his buddies would have killed him. And/or other members of Naima’s family.

      • http://www.kars4kids.org/blog Varda Meyers Epstein

        Her. They elected Hamas to rule over them. They made their bed.

      • dabney

        That’s true. Any way you look at it, Hamas is the killer of Gazans.

    • Apartheidthynameispalestine

      Time for you to do some research Pally. Israel is SMALLER now than it was in 1967!

      What ur post shows is classic Freudian ” projection. Lying about ur sides guilt by accusing the other side of what ur side is guilty of.

      The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in peace. They have been offered a state going back to the Peele commission of 1937. They and their Arab buddies have started and lost every war – intent on Israel’s annihilation. They have rejected everyone of these offers of a state.
      And let’s remember the ” Palestinians” supported the Germans in Ww1 and the Nazis in WW2

      The ONLY thing the Pals are interested is eradication of all Israel and turning all the land , Israel Judea and Samaria and Gaza into a new Palestinian country- I say new because the country of Palestine has never existed in the history of the world. Were that to occur HAMAS would take over and PS – a Palestinians Islamic caliphate, would be the result

      HAMAS= ISIS= BOKO HARAM

    • Apartheidthynameispalestine

      Time for you to do some research Pally. Israel is SMALLER now than it was in 1967!

      What ur post shows is classic Freudian ” projection”, lying about ur sides guilt by accusing the other side of what ur side is guilty of.

      The Palestinians have no interest whatsoever in peace. They have been offered a state going back to the Peele commission of 1937. They and their Arab buddies have started and lost every war – intent on Israel’s annihilation. They have rejected everyone of these offers of a state.
      And let’s remember the ” Palestinians” supported the Germans in Ww1 and the Nazis in WW2

      The ONLY thing the Pals are interested in is eradication of all Israel and turning all the land , Israel Judea and Samaria and Gaza into a new Palestinian country- I say new because the country of Palestine has never existed in the history of the world. Were that to occur HAMAS would take over and PS – a Palestinians Islamic caliphate, would be the result

      HAMAS= ISIS= BOKO HARAM

  • mzk1_1

    “Jewish children, like Daniel Tragerman, are of no concern to these demonstrators.”

    That’s not true. Jewish children are of course of concern to them. They want them to die.

  • Gbrandstetter

    http://www.maraah-magazine.co.il/show_item.asp?levelId=65763&ItemId=27&katavaId=4617&itemType=0

    There you have everything you need to know about UNWRA being the civilian and propaganda arm of Hamas

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