Over 100 rockets fired into Israel over the weekend; silence from the UK media

Over 120 rockets and missiles were shot into southern Israel over the weekend, and

Five Israelis were reportedly wounded when scrambling to enter bomb shelters as rockets were being fired.

Over 50 rockets were fired over Shabbat alone; over 80 rockets if you include Friday night – but you would not have known about this if you rely only on your British media.

You might have read about Israel’s reaction (in this case the report includes a mention of only eight(!) rockets on Israel, which in the best case is made out to be in reaction to the bombing of the school bus, but there is almost no mention of the constant rocket fire which is continuing even now on Sunday morning. If the Grad and mortar attacks are mentioned at all, they are buried so deep in the article and mentioned in such an offhand way that the reader can be forgiven for missing them. I know I did on first reading.

Sky News have no report at all on any rocket fire incoming from Gaza into Israel. On the other hand they don’t mention Israel’s reaction either. This might not sound so bad at first, but if Israel’s reaction escalates you can be sure it will make headline news, as always.

The BBC carries a report, but as usual, inverts the chronology in its headline and downplays the number of rockets fired at Israel, the damage to people and property, and the disruption to daily life that they cause.

We have seen this type of reporting, or rather non-reporting before: the silence on the original attacks on Israel; the exaggerated reporting on Israel’s reaction; the unquestioning taking at face value of Hamas’s numbers of casualties; and the downplaying of the injuries to Israeli citizens and disruption of normal civilian life.

The media must be challenged wherever possible to report – accurately – on Israel’s side of the story, otherwise it is no wonder that people believe that Israel is always the aggressor against the poor innocent Palestinians.

One piece of good news: The IDF’s new Iron Dome anti-rocket missile appears to be working successfully, surprisingly successfully in fact,  and has shot down several Grads over the weekend. Here’s a video of one in action:

Update: As I am about to post I noticed a Ynet report on the world media reaction, with a very similar viewpoint to mine in this article. Ynet has a much further reach than me. Perhaps they will make a difference? Time will tell.

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14 Responses to Over 100 rockets fired into Israel over the weekend; silence from the UK media

  1. cba says:

    The BBC News broadcast about half an hour ago said that “at least six” rockets were fired at Israel today. While literally true, it’s highly misleading (there were a darn site more than six). And of course most of the reporting was from the Gazan side.

  2. cba says:

    “site” s/b “sight”
    {sigh}

    • anneinpt says:

      LOL! If I’d been paying more attention I could have edited your typo for you :-). I’ll have to see if WordPress have a comment preview plugin.

  3. DavidinPT says:

    To understand what’s behind the recent Hamas (more than usual) hostilities, I recommend reading the article in the link below – this is a serious Intelligence briefing organisation, US based.

    http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20110411-arab-risings-israel-and-hamas?utm_source=GWeekly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=110412&utm_content=readmore&elq=ced26b9adb1b4d63b6766866d02b5151

    • anneinpt says:

      That’s a very interesting article, as are most of Stratfor’s. But once again their conclusion is questionable; at least, it leaves more questions than it answers. They state:

      For the United States and Europe, the merger of Islamists and democrats is an explosive combination. Apart, they do little. Together, they could genuinely destabilize the region and even further undermine the U.S. effort against jihadists. The United States and Europe want Israel to restrain itself but cannot restrain Hamas

      Why do the US and Europe want Israel to restrain itself? It annoys me terribly that it is taken as given that Israel has to restrain itself. Surely it would be in everyone’s interests to let Israel finish the job once and for all? No one has ever given a satisfactory answer to this. I would love Stratfor to address what would happen if Israel were indeed allowed free rein.

  4. DavidinPT says:

    The following “joke” sums up how the foreign media views and reports on Israel:

    An Israeli is on vacation and is visiting a zoo in the States when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage.
    Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, under the eyes of her screaming parents.
    The Israeli runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch.
    Whimpering from the pain the lion jumps back letting go of the girl, and the Israeli brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
    A reporter has watched the whole event. The reporter says to the Israeli: ‘Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I’ve seen a man do in my whole life.’
    The Israeli replies, ‘Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger and acted as I felt right..’
    The reporter says, ‘Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist, and tomorrow’s paper will have this story on the front page… So, what do you do for a living and what political affiliation do you have?’
    The Israeli replies, serve in the Israeli army and I vote for the Likud.’
    The journalist leaves.
    The following morning the Israeli buys the paper to see news of his actions, and reads, on the front page:

    RIGHT-WING ISRAELI ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH

    That pretty much sums up the media’s approach to Israel these days.

  5. DavidinPT says:

    More in the same vein:

    If the Passover Story Were Told by NYTimes or CNN Reporters
    Daniel P. Waxman

    The cycle of violence between the Jews & the Egyptians continues with no end in sight in Egypt. After eight previous plagues that have destroyed the Egyptian infrastructure and disrupted the lives of ordinary Egyptian citizens, the Jews launched a new offensive this week in the form of the plague of darkness.

    Western journalists were particularly enraged by this plague. “It is simply impossible to report when you can’t see an inch in front of you,” complained a frustrated Andrea Koppel of CNN. “I have heard from my reliable Egyptian contacts that in the midst of the blanket of blackness, the Jews were annihilating thousands of Egyptians. Their word is solid enough evidence for me.”

    While the Jews contend that the plagues are justified given the harsh slavery imposed upon them by the Egyptians, Pharaoh, the Egyptian leader, rebuts this claim. “If only the plagues would let up, there would be no slavery. We just want to live plague-free. It is the right of every society.”

    Saeb Erekat, an Egyptian spokesperson, complains that slavery is justifiable given the Jews’ superior weaponry supplied to them by the superpower God.

    The Europeans are particularly enraged by the latest Jewish offensive. “The Jewish aggression must cease if there is to be peace in the region. The Jews should go back to slavery for the good of the rest of the world,” stated an angry French President Jacques Chirac. Even several Jews agree. Adam Shapiro, a Jew, has barricaded himself within Pharaoh’s chambers to protect Pharaoh from what is feared will be the next plague, the death of the firstborn. Mr. Shapiro claims that while slavery is not necessarily a good thing, it is the product of the plagues and when the plagues end, so will the slavery. “The Jews have gone too far with plagues such as locusts and epidemic which have virtually destroyed the Egyptian economy,” Mr. Shapiro laments. “The Egyptians are really a very nice people and Pharaoh is kind of huggable once you get to know him,” gushes Shapiro.

    The United States is demanding that Moses and Aaron, the Jewish leaders, continue to negotiate with Pharaoh. While Moses points out that Pharaoh had made promise after promise to free the Jewish people only to immediately break them and thereafter impose harsher and harsher slavery, Richard Boucher of the State Department assails the latest offensive. “Pharaoh is not in complete control of the taskmasters,” Mr. Boucher states. “The Jews must return to the negotiating table and will accomplish nothing through these plagues.” The latest round of violence comes in the face of a bold new Saudi peace overture. If only the Jews will give up their language, change their names to Egyptian names and cease having male children, the Arab nations will incline toward peace with them, Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah declared.

  6. Earl says:

    The Hamas rocket likely cost $74K (real costs likely far higher). Iron Dome is a potential game-changer against Hamas terror tactics, but at a significant cost multiple over “Palestinian” rocket costs. That said, ID is still cheaper than even a limited ground-based action to clear out a terror launch cell, so should be considered (tentatively at this stage) a success.

    I’ll get to that Stratfor article later, thx.

  7. joem says:

    annie, over on dl* last week, you had said:

    I read somewhere (can’t remember where, I’ve read so many articles today) that the Palestinians targeted the bus and used a mortar or anti-tank missile because they know that Iron Dome will knock out the Kassams and Grads. What kind of solution will the IDF invent now?

    My (admittedly limited) understanding is that Kassams/Grads are longer range missiles – which means there is time for the Iron Dome system to track them and knock them down. Mortars are much more short range and that’s why Iron Dome wouldn’t work against them.

    That being said, tanks are protected from the anti-tank missiles with the Israeli-developed “Trophy” anti- anti-tank missile system. I think that that is why the terrorists targeted the school bus – they wanted something to show for their newly acquired upgrade to their weapons capability, after being (literally) shot down in their first attempt(s).

    Unfortunately, we can’t equip every school bus or car with this defensive system. But – then again – at least we know that there is a potential defense system; b’ezrat Hashem it is only a matter of time until Rafael develops a system that will work against the short-range missiles.

    * I wanted to answer here where I was sure you would see my reply..

    • anneinpt says:

      Hi joem, thanks for answering me here. Even though I still visit dl most days, if there’s a relevant thread here I prefer to “talk” over here.

      Your conjecture makes a lot of sense. In fact it’s not so different to what I was trying to say myself. I’m still trying to remember precisely where I read that it was davka the success of Iron Dome that made them shoot the school bus. (OK, no one twisted their arm obviously, but the poor deprived terrorists had to get their thrills somewhere).

      I think the quote that I was referring to is from Elder of Ziyon who said:

      The flip side of Israel’s successful deployment of anti-tank missile defenses: now Gaza terrorists have all these wonderful anti-tank missiles that can no longer hurt tanks.

      So, naturally, they change their targets to school buses.

      b’ezrat Hashem it is only a matter of time until Rafael develops a system that will work against the short-range missiles.
      From your mouth keyboard to G-d’s ears (and the Treasury’s purse…)

  8. joem says:

    oops – I missed the “href” keyword in my second link; that should have read:

    .. the Israeli-developed “Trophy” anti- anti-tank missile system.

    • joem says:

      And that should have been a “reply” to my previous comment. Oy.
      I don’t have the chutzpa to ask for admin privileges so I can edit my own comments.. 😉

      • anneinpt says:

        LOL! Even with admin rights I don’t know how to move your comment into a reply in another place. The only way is to delete it and then copy and paste it into the right place. I think it’s too complicated to try now, with my Pesach food cooking on the gas… 🙂

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