AP Skims Over Deaths of Palestinian Children. Presumably Because Israel Not the Culprit

While it is becoming more and more apparent that the deaths of the civilians in Jabaliya – including four children – was the result of a rocket fired by Islamic Jihad – the mainstream media aren’t exactly featuring this on their front pages. Certainly not like the New York Times did last year.

Instead, we are seeing mention in some news outlets of the Israeli army making the claim, as if it is not already a proven fact.

In the case of the Associated Press, they unbelievably did not even mention that children died in the attack.

The Islamic Jihad commander, Khaled Mansour, was killed in an airstrike on an apartment building in the Rafah refugee camp in southern Gaza late Saturday.

Two other militants and five civilians also were killed in the attack, bringing the Palestinian death toll to 31 since the start of the Israeli offensive Friday. Among the dead were six children and four women. The Palestinian Health Ministry said more than 250 people were wounded since Friday.

Israel says some of the deaths were caused by errant rocket fire, including one incident in the Jebaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza in which six Palestinians were killed Saturday. On Sunday, a projectile hit a home in the same area of Jebaliya, killing two men. Palestinians held Israel responsible, while Israel said it was investigating whether the area was hit by an errant rocket.

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If Israel had been responsible for the attack resulting in the children’s deaths, you just know it would appear front and center. Instead, we see it brushed over here. And we all know why.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media