Media manipulation about events in Gaza and Israel is running amok these days. Have you heard about those "nasty" IDF troops who are deliberately targeting innocent civilians and *gasp* even shooting at schools? If your only source of news is the Hamas-fed msm, then yes, I am sure you are outraged at the "atrocities". But wait! Turns out that all in the UN school were not so innocent after all. Imagine that. Today's latest horror? Nothing new, sad to say, as Hamas yet again uses schools and innocent children to hide behind. This seems to be a common tactic of terrorists. Iraq, Afghanistan, anyone? How often have the troops in those two places been witnesses to that? Too many, is how many.
But back to Gaza. From the BBC:
At least 30 people were killed and 55 injured when Israeli artillery shells landed outside a United Nations-run school in Gaza, UN officials have said.
A number of children were among those who died when the al-Fakhura school in the Jabaliya refugee camp was hit, doctors at nearby hospitals said.
Israel said its soldiers had come under fire from militants inside the school....
Be sure and go watch the gutwrenching pictures of the wounded being carried away. (Here)
All very predictable reporting, and in fact, HonestReporting DID predict this just days ago. Take a look at this picture from the media in the 2006 war:
Take a look at this video put out by an IDF spokesman:
Yes! We KNOW that these thugs use children as human shields, and I weep for every child lost. And then I found this over at IsraeliSoldiersMother site:
My youngest children went to school today. Thousands of children in Israel did not. Some of their schools are protected, reinforced against missiles. That's the result of more than 8 years of ongoing missile attacks. Though my children's school isn't protected from a potential missile attack, it does have a bomb shelter; it does have a high fence circling it to prevent terrorists from entering (even more, perhaps than preventing children from straying off), and it has a guard that watches as children enter and exit.Hmmmmmmm...who are we to believe? A bunch of media who (as CBC radio admits) have been barred from Gaza, so they are reporting from a nearby hilltop (no, I am not kidding,) or an Israeli mother who has had many years to watch, study and learn about the different effects that bombs have on differing environments, up close and very personal? I know who I believe.
In the last few days, the police must have decided that all this was not enough, and so they have stationed police near each of the schools, armed and watching. Our children are our lives, our most precious treasures. Whatever it takes to keep them safe, will be done. That is the message Israel has sent to its citizens.
Several times over the past few years, our schools in the south have been hit by rockets. Last week, two schools and a kindergarten were hit. Thankfully, no one was hurt because our country deemed it too dangerous to allow our children to continue their studies, lest a missile hit there. Of course, it would have been nice if our government and the world stopped the missiles, but if they haven't accomplished that yet, at least they were honest enough to tell parents to keep their children home. The priority has always been the lives of our children....
Rather than risk that and other tragedies, Israel has suspended school everywhere within 40 kilometers of Gaza. They did this because a school should be a place where children learn and play. Where there is light and knowledge. Most of all, it should be a place where children are safe, where they can grow and expand their knowledge in a protected environment. Today, in Gaza, a school was hit by an Israeli missile. The Palestinians claim dozens have died. It's a horrible thing, a terrible tragedy, every parent's nightmare.
Except that Israel's initial inquiry into the incident, showed that the missile didn't hit the "school" by mistake. The target was true; the aim was accurate. In August, last year, Israel filed a formal complaint with the United Nations, complaining about the school being used to fire against Israel. Israel has already identified Hamas gunmen who were killed at the scene of the attack - even publicized their names.
The proof that the building was a legitimate target was found, once again, in the secondary explosions that occurred. The missile hit the building, causing explosives inside the building to detonate. You can watch these and other videos on the web. You'll see the initial explosion, and then, mere seconds later, multiple explosions and objects shooting high into the air.
If you hit a building that has no explosives, the building collapses and the only thing that rises into the air is dust and rubble. Nothing explodes - again, see all the videos of houses hit in Sderot, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Beersheva. As horrible as it sounds, as tragic as the results are, the missile was accurate. It hit its target and did what it was supposed to do. Secondary explosions prove that the building was used to store rockets.
What it comes down to is a building from which mortars were shot, in which explosives were stored, and in which, Palestinians chose to teach their young. There is something incredibly sick about that....(my emphasis and PLEASE read the rest here.)
So let's talk about the CBC, shall we? Media manipulation at it's finest. Really. Last night a national radio show interviewed a very distraught Norwegian doctor; one of two whose government paid for him to go work in Gaza. he has been there for five days, so of course he is an expert. During the course of the interview, this doctor told CBC that conditions were terrible, and that wounded were lying in beds in the hallways of the hospital because there was so many of them. And oh yes, "The Israelis are lying." At one point the interviewer said to this doctor, "I can hear the frustration and disgust in your voice." Quite apart from the fact that I thought "patients waiting in hospital hallways" could be describing more than a few hospitals in Canada, I also wondered how come, if in fact the good doctor felt so over-run by the magnitude of the numbers, he had time to be doing interviews such as this. Oh, did I mention that this doctor is all over the msm? I googled him, and it seems he has time amidst the mayhem to give numerous interviews to any and all media. Oh and yes, he is working in a Palestinian hospital.
You may be wondering who this humanitarian doctor is. You are not alone. The CBC may have been a willing conspiractor in this great hoodwinking, but not everybody is buying it.
Meet Doctor Mads Gilbert: