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.
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.