It is not news that the Palestinian Authority plans on charging Israel with war crimes in the International Criminal Court (ICC) for supposed crimes against humanity and war crimes along with whatever else they can dream up, and dream up is what they are doing as facts will prove providing the court cares about the facts and not just striking the target because that target is Israel. One of the charges which has already received the headlines treatment by the constant repeating of the charge that Israel intentionally targeted journalists as part of their information warfare and preventing the truth from being reported by brave journalists covering their atrocities live and in person in Gaza. This charge has been played in the media across Europe and the United States and there have even been lists of accredited journalists released by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the Palestinian Authority. Recently the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (MAITIC) compared the list of journalists repeatedly given to the various media outlets who never seem to lose their hunger for recriminations to report against Israel. What MAITIC discovered was revealing and tells a completely different story from the story told by numerous releases by the Palestinians Authority to every news outlet willing to report their charges without questions, after all, why would Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian Authority lie about Israeli war crimes. It’s not like they would have anything to gain from reporting false information, is there? Well, with the voracious appetite the European and leftist media worldwide who accept virtually any anti-Israeli information without checking as it’s Israel, anything is believable.
What MAITIC revealed was that the list of journalists Hamas claimed were killed by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) during Operation Protective Edge last summer was a complete misrepresentation of the facts. Of the seventeen journalists reportedly killed by the Israelis, at the least eight were found to be on the known terrorist lists between Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This was just the known terrorists from the two largest terror armies operating within Gaza which also include al-Qaeda, ISIS and Fatah who were members of the Palestinian Authority ruling group before Hamas took control in a coup which pushed most of Fatah and Palestinian Authority forces out after a week worth of clashes. Additionally, two of the remainder on the list were not killed by IDF activities but instead died while witnessing Hamas attempt to defuse an IDF explosive round which had not detonated and Associated Press cameraman Simone Camilli from Italy and his local translator died when the round detonated during the defusing attempt which occurred during one of the ceasefires. Hamas would likely try to defuse any dud rounds in order to harvest the explosives and detonating systems within such rounds to use in their improvised explosive devices (IED) to implant along the fence to explode when IDF forces came within range of such devices. What you will not read in much of the coverage about IDF Operation Protective Edge against Hamas, Islamic Jihad and whoever else assisted in the terror war is that the percentage of known terrorists amongst those killed was at least forty-nine-percent. That this approximate fifty-fifty divide between fatalities of terrorists and potentially innocent civilians is completely unprecedented in the history of warfare and was made even more astonishing when one takes into account that Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the other forces used the Gaza civilians as human shields and chose to fight from amongst the civilian infrastructure rather than placing their rocket launchers and military units in the open farmlands. Hamas also broadcast news telling the Gaza civilians that the Israeli warnings about targeting certain areas were lies meant to have them leave the safety of these areas so the Israelis could target them at the places which were being denoted as safe zones. This led some number of Gazan to unfortunately remain in locations the Israelis had given warnings were being targeted. This was just another part of the Hamas strategy to push the civilian casualties as high as possible so as to utilize the body count to club Israel mercilessly in the international media relying on the world media’s proven record to believe any accusations against Israel. The feeding frenzy during the fifty day war where we were subjected to repeated media spokespeople asking over and over ad nauseum where were the Israeli casualties as there were so few Israeli civilian casualties compared to those in Gaza. Below is a video which gives evidence behind some of the most repeated claims against Israeli strikes which destroyed homes, a hospital, an agricultural college and an entire neighborhood explaining the realities which are all too often not reported even when the media reporters are fully aware of the realities as their desired story is not supported by reality so reality must be altered and the truths buried and shamed by hyperbole.
These questions were completely phony as the newscasters knew exactly the reasons for the difference between the casualty numbers. The Israeli Iron Dome antimissile systems were effective even beyond anybody’s wildest expectations with the possible exception of the systems’ designers against the despicable tactic of Hamas to maximize the number of Gazan civilians they placed in harm’s way. The desire was sickenly obvious, the media desired to incite anti-Israeli propaganda making it appear that the Israelis were aiming at civilian targets in Gaza while Hamas and Islamic Jihad had avoided aiming to cause Israeli civilian casualties despite their knowing the exact opposite was the reality but they were refusing to report the truth and saw an opportunity to use the numbers as a weapon to drub Israel repeatedly and they utilized it. Now that the truth is emerging we will see how many of these same media news organizations will report these numbers and set the record straight and refute their lies from the past summer. My bet is none will take the opportunity to come clean and instead are waiting for the Palestinian charges to be filed with the ICC so that they can trot out the disparity in civilian casualty figure all over again hoping to influence the ICC while setting up their astonishment act when the ICC finds Israel not to have committed the crimes the media has bet their reputations and believability over. They cannot ever report the truth as they are fully invested in the hate Israel rhetoric and willing to lie all the way to their own damnation when people finally realize the truth. Time will tell if the Palestinian Authority will actually file charges with the ICC or if their plan is simply to repeatedly release press notifications of their immediate intentions to file charges for this IDF crime or that IDF crime and simply play the media echo chamber for all it’s worth, and if past performance is any gauge, they will have a long but hopefully unprofitable run. One might think that the media would get tired of being played, but we have a theory, the media is doing the conducting and the Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and the rest are doing the playing and the concert will likely never end. Perhaps this kind of fiasco in reporting all the news that’s unfounded for printing (or broadcasting) that has caused the loss in believability news casting has taken. The Palestinian effectiveness in pushing lies through the media for years upon years on end was one of the reasons that Brian Williams thought he could, how do we put this, Palestinianize his experiences and get away with it.
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