Israel has just launched a new assault on Gaza — 13 airstrikes — and here is how the BBC reports it.
Israeli warplanes have carried out at least 13 air strikes on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Palestinian sources have told the BBC.
Gaza is not besieged by Israel, you see. It’s ‘Hamas-ruled’. It makes it so much more acceptable to target it than if it were, say, ‘densely populated by civilians’.
See my earlier analysis of the despicable manner in which the BBC misreported last year’s massacre in Gaza.
UPDATE: The story and its propaganda content has been expanded since it was first published. Paul de Rooij adds:
There is more! The article states:
Palestinians and rights groups say more than 1,400 Gazans died in the conflict, while Israel puts the figure at 1,166.
Now, since the Israelis haven’t been on the ground counting the casualties, how would they know the total numbers? In fact, they don’t know how many people were killed under their bombs. If so, then why does the BBC bother reporting the Israeli figures at all? These are merely meant to whitewash the crimes they have perpetrated; this transparent, yet it seems that the BBC lends credibility to those figures. Notice also the “Gazans died” as opposed to what really happened: they were killed. One denotes intention the other could include natural causes, but the Gaza Massacre was anything but natural, and thus the correct terminology should be “killed”.
The BBC’s Jon Donnison, in Jerusalem, says Israel appears to be sending a signal that whenever there is militant activity inside Gaza it will respond.
So, is it always the Israelis who “respond”? Has BBC reportage ever reported Palestinians “responding” to Israeli attacks? And why refer to Palestinian resistance actions as “militant”? This is another euphemism meant to hide the nature of the Palestinian actions, i.e., defending themselves of the Israeli colonial project which invariably entails violence and dispossession. “Militant” is a generic term that doesn’t indicate the nature of the violence, and again helps hide the nature and origin of the violence in the area.
And why is there no reference whatsoever in that report to the continuing siege of Gaza? Malnutrition is now becoming rampant; children’s development is becoming stunted (most youngsters are now shorter than their parents). Now, while respecting a ceasefire the situation has not improved, then what are the Palestinians supposed to do? Starve in silence? Unfortunately, the BBC’s reportage only mentions the manifestations of violence while it is mostly silent on its causes.