News roundup: March 23rd, 2009

Posted: March 23, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, IDF, Iran, Israel, Press and Media

I will have to apologize to my reader for practical absence today, as due to large amounts of work I was barely able to blog today. However, now that the work day is almost over, let us go through some of the most interesting – and most biased – news reports of today.

Commander confirms Netanyahu war plansPressTV

PressTV uses articles from Israeli media quite freely (for example, the report on Israeli soldiers ‘admitting’ ‘killing’ of Palestinians, printed in Haaretz daily, has been widely quoted by PressTV), yet, when the subject of a news report is attacks against Israel and possible roots of the attack, it is ‘propaganda’:

Israeli media outlets late on Sunday began propagating wild scenarios that Iran is using the Lebanese Hezbollah to recruit Palestinian fighters to carry out terror attacks on Israel.

Citing anonymous sources, the reports began to surface after Tel Aviv countered an alleged bombing attempt outside a shopping mall in the northern city of Haifa.

The sources are probably just as anonymous as the sources testifying to ‘murder’ of Palestinian civilians, however, the latter are not considered ‘propaganda’ by PressTV.

PressTV also quotes its own article on IAEA’s report on the status of Iran’s nuclear development, claiming in the article that IAEA denied Iran’s development of N-bomb:

Tel Aviv also accuses Tehran of developing nuclear weaponry — a charge denied by the UN nuclear watchdog.

However, reading the article itself, only one thing is clear, summed up by this quote:

The Thursday report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) head Mohamed ElBaradei said there remained “outstanding issues” which give rise to concerns about “possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program.”

I cannot see any denial here. By the way, what UN did do, is criticized Iran for breaking a weapons ban.

The BBC During the Gaza War: Biased Coverage of the ConflictHonestReporting

HonestReporting, a media watchdog organization, has released another report on biased reporting by the British Broadcasting Corporation. This report is a must-read, especially for my British readers, who still read and listen to BBC reports daily, thinking they are receiving objective information from the region.

Top IDF brass sign organ-donation cardsThe Jerusalem Post

Here is another example of which you will never see in Gaza (except when Hamas chief Ismayil Haniyeh lets doctors draw about two drops of his own blood in front of cameras). Several top-ranked IDF officers have signed the “Adi” card, which basically is an agreement to donor organs in case of death. There is a large ongoing campaign in Israel, calling for people to sign such cards, as donor organs are scarce.

Haaretz, The IDF, And The World’s Double StandardsBackspin

You have probably read my criticism of reports of IDF soldiers ‘admitting’ to killing Palestinian civilians in cold blood (and later, rebuttals by some current IDF soldiers). Backspin adds some great commentaries on the issue:

But Haaretz’s report isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and several have astutely noted the world’s double standard against Israel coming into play once again.

Melanie Phillips points out that Haaretz’s report is based on shoddy hearsay journalism:

There are precisely two charges of gratuitous killing of Palestinian civilians under allegedly explicit orders to do so. One is what even Ha’aretz made clear was an accidental killing, when two women misunderstood the evacuation route the Israeli soldiers had given them and walked into a sniper’s gunsights as a result. Moreover, the soldier who said this has subsequently admitted he didn’t see this incident – he wasn’t even in Gaza at the time – and had merely reported rumour and hearsay.

The second charge is based on a supposedly real incident in which, when an elderly woman came close to an IDF unit, an officer ordered that they shoot her because she was approaching the line and might have been a suicide bomber. The soldier relating this story did not say whether or not the woman in this story actually was shot. Indeed, since he says ‘from the description of what happened’ it would appear this was merely hearsay once again.

  1. Irv Greunwald says:

    The US needs to cut all aid and ties with this racist, hateful country. What tactical use do we have for these people? They spy on us, steal from us, attack us(USS Liberty) ruin our instiutions, etc. The cold war is over. We owe them nothing.

  2. PJF says:

    When it comes to the UN, they are unimportant USA and Israel haters. No matter how many things they say it is always against Israel and the USA. Never against the Muslim /censored/ that perpetrate the infamy. Until that changes, it will never be resolved. Eventually Israel will have enough of that and put them all out of their misery and would have been well deserved.

  3. Unfortunately, UN is in its most controlled by third-world countries, most of the Muslim. While in itself it is nothing bad, those countries hate the West, eventually making the UN a useless tool, rather than a protective coalition it was designed to be.

  4. Mike296 says:

    The United Nations is a joke!
    They are in bed with Hamas..

    You don’t want war then stop sending rockets
    into Israel..any other country would fight it too…

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