Israel ‘responds’, Palestinians ‘massacre’

Here is how Open House, the Independent’s main blog, phrased its Have Your Say thread on the murder of Israelis at a seminary in Jerusalem:

Notice how the killings were an atrocity and portrayed as a threat to the ‘peace process’ by the Open House blogger(s).

And here is how Open House reported the 100+ Palestinian deaths (which included many civilians and children) at the hands of Israel’s military:

Notice the neutral language: Israel was merely ‘responding’ to attacks from Palestinian groups. There is no sign of whether the Open House blogger thought these deaths at the hands of Israel threatened ‘peace’.

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2 Responses to “Israel ‘responds’, Palestinians ‘massacre’”


  1. 1 joelsk44039 March 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    The ONLY reason that civilian Palestinianitwits are often killed by Israeli actions is that they are being used as human shields by the blood thirsty psychotics who are now in charge of Gaza, contravening all standards of decency and, by the way, the Geneva Conventions on War.

    But don’t let that get in your way of criticizing Israel.

  2. 2 thabet March 8, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    Firstly, I was criticising Open House blog for their coverage.

    Secondly, it is laughable for Israel’s apologists to cite international law and conventions when Israel is regrularly flouting them with impunity. You can’t remember to invoke a framework you don’t agree with or accept.

    Thirdly, Israel is also guilty of using its civilians to expand and control the occupied territories.

    Fourthly, no Hamas hiding amongst civilians is not the “only” reason. It may be one of the reasons. The other is Israeli total disregard for Palestinian lives and the very international conventions you seem to hold in such high esteem.

    Lastly, I have no hesitation in calling Hamas a terrorist organisation. It’s just that I also see the IDF as an outfit which also indulges in such tactics.

    But don’t let that get in the way of actually seeing the situation and engaging in knee-jerk defences of Israel.


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