Media Ignores Hamas's Stated Goal - The Destruction Of Israel And Death To The Jews
November 21, 2012
November 15, 2012
Where's the Coverage? The Truth About Hamas
On Nov. 15, under the headline "Israeli Assault into Gaza Kills a Hamas Leader," The New York Times ran a front page, above the fold, story about the recent fighting. (FYI: The online headline is the judgment-tinged "Ferocious Israeli Assault on Gaza Kills a Leader of Hamas".) The first paragraph reads:
Israel on Wednesday launched the most ferocious assault on Gaza in four years after persistent Palestinian rocket fire, hitting at least 20 targets in aerial attacks that killed the top military commander of Hamas, damaged Israel's fragile relations with Egypt and escalated the risks of a new war in the Middle East.
Just for starters:
Palestinian rocket fire was persistent but the Israeli response was a "ferocious assault".
That's all in one sentence in the first paragraph of the story, possibly a record for efficiency in context-free reporting. (Well done?)
The fact is that the "assault," "damage," "escalation," and "risks of war" all stem from repeated terrorist attacks from Gaza into Israel, including the firing of thousands of rockets and mortars into civilian areas for years. (For a timeline of the recent Gaza-Israel cross-border violence, please click here.
The Times is not alone in this type of reporting. You are currently seeing and will continue to see much coverage of these events that utterly ignores the context, inverts the timing of actions and promotes a "cycle of violence" narrative that equates the illegal terrorist activities of Hamas with the legal and proper response to terrorism of the Israeli government and military.
In paragraph four, The Times defines Hamas as "the militant organization regarded by Israel as a terrorist group sworn to its destruction." Again, you are and will continue to see Hamas referred to as The Times does by other media.
So here's the unreported truth:
Hamas is not just regarded by Israel as a terrorist organization, but also by the United States and the European Union. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said, "There is no justification for the violence that Hamas and other terrorist organizations are employing against the people of Israel. We call on those responsible to stop these cowardly acts immediately. We support Israel's right to defend itself, and we encourage Israel to continue to take every effort to avoid civilian casualties." [Emphasis added.]
Furthermore, it's not just that Israel regards Hamas as sworn to its destruction; Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction. This is clearly outlined in the Hamas charter. Here are some choice excerpts:
"Israel will exist, and will continue to exist, until Islam abolishes it, as it abolished that which was before it." [From the words of] The martyr, Imam Hasan al-Banna', Allah's mercy be upon him.
You see, it's not Israel or even the United States or the European Union that regards Hamas' goal as the destruction of Israel. Hamas repeatedly states this goal in its own charter. So Where's the coverage?