Friday, July 11, 2014

Spinning the War

The spin:

"The IDF says it had hit 'dozens of terror sites* across the Gaza Strip, including concealed rocket launchers, launching infrastructures, a weapon storage facility, training bases, terror tunnels' shafts and further targets'." (Israel rallies ground force as rockets target cities, Ruth Pollard, Sydney Morning Herald, 10/7/14)

The reality:

"But the picture coming out of Gaza told another story - that of civilians, including at least 8 children according to Defence of Children International, dying along with the militants." (ibid)

[*Terror site: "About a dozen local Palestinians gathered at the Fun Time Beach cafe, a beachside eatery of plastic chairs, umbrellas, and palm leaves, to watch the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands. What they were not watching for was the missile, apparently targeting what Israel's military later described as a single terrorist. The blast destroyed the cafe and killed at least eight people." (Gaza crisis: deadly missile at beachside cafe hits World Cup fans, Fares Akram, New York Times/The Age, 11/7/14)]

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