Are Palestinian lives less worthy than others? The truth may lie elsewhere: that Syrian lives are talked up because this promotes a wider western and its Arabian client regimes’ agenda in the region.
November 12, 2012, 22:30 DST
The Zionists always refer to the illegitimate entity Israel as a “tiny country” in a sea of hostile neighbors. Yet there is nothing small about Israeli killing of Palestinians.
Consider the weekend Israeli assault on tiny Gaza—“open air prison”, in the words of even British Prime Minister David Cameron—in which seven Palestinians were murdered by the zionists. Five of the dead were civilians including three children. Among those wounded were six women and 12 children. The Israeli aerial and ground assault was launched on Saturday November 10 and by the following day, seven Palestinians were dead. Details about Palestinian casualties seldom find any space in the western media much less any details about the names of those killed or wounded. One can imagine the uproar if seven Israelis were killed in a Palestinian attack.
There would be endless coverage for a week if not more. But in the latest murderous Israeli attack on Gaza, two points are worthy of note. First, the Arabian regimes that are so concerned about the plight of Syrian people have been deafeningly silent about Israeli crimes against the Palestinians. Even the Turkish government has not said much. Are Palestinian lives less worthy than others? The truth may lie elsewhere: that Syrian lives are talked up because this promotes a wider western and its Arabian client regimes’ agenda in the region. Highlighting Zionist crimes against the Palestinians does not serve western agenda so these are suppressed.
There is an even more vicious plan at work. Each Israeli crime is presented as a “response” to some Palestinian “provocation”. Occasionally it is even presented as a “pre-emptive” strike by Israel to prevent a Palestinian attack! Let us look at the weekend Israeli bombardment with tanks, helicopters and planes—all US supplied—on the defencelss Gaza Strip. While it is true that the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) had fired an anti-tank missile at an Israeli vehicle that wounded four soldiers near the Gaza border, but was the missile fired without provocation? Missing from the western narrative is any mention of the November 5 Israeli attack that killed a 23-year-old mentally challenged Palestinian named Ahmed Nabhani. He had approached the Israeli border fence. He was completely unarmed yet that did not prevent the Zionists from firing at him and killing him.
Three days later (November 8), the zionists invaded southern Gaza using eight tanks and four bulldozers and shot and killed a 13-year old Ahmed Younis Khader Abu Daqqa while he was playing soccer. Was he also shot in “response” to some provocation, one may ask? Try as one may, there is no mention of these facts in any western media reports. Forget about Fox News or CNN; they are beyond the pale and expecting any honesty from them would be like expecting water by squeezing a stone.
But what about the BBC, that claims to be “objective” and “truthful” when reporting news from various parts of the world? The same holds true for other western media outlets such as the Guardian or the Independent, both British dailies. They have correspondents in the region yet their coverage leaves much to be desired. Even if British or other western correspondents were not present in the region, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights that sends its reports regularly to most media outlets reported the killing of 13-year-old Ahmed Younis.
Similarly, Palestinian media had reported the firing of anti-tank missile by the PFLP as revenge for Israeli attacks on Gaza on November 5 and 8 killing a 23-year-old deranged person and a 13-year-old boy playing soccer. Israeli state terrorism is of course sacred and nobody dare question it but the silence of the Arab regimes and complicity of the western media in obfuscating zionist crimes are both revealing. The two speak volumes for the grim reality in the region.