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Spanish Journalist on Why Hamas Never Photographed in Action: ‘If Ever We Dared Point Our Camera on Them They Would Simply Shoot at Us and Kill Us’

July 31, 2014 12:24 pm 38 comments

Mushir Al Masri, a Hamas MP and media spokesman, being interviewed by media in front of backdrop showing a destroyed house, and being filmed inside the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. The photo was posted on Twitter by WSJ correspondent Nick Casey, and has since been removed. Photo: Screenshot.

Mushir Al Masri, a Hamas MP and media spokesman, being interviewed by media in front of backdrop showing a destroyed house, and being filmed inside the Al Shifa hospital in Gaza. The photo was posted on Twitter by WSJ correspondent Nick Casey, and has since been removed. Photo: Screenshot.

A Spanish journalist told Israeli filmmaker Michael Grynszpan that the reason television news does not broadcast images of Hamas fighters in action is because of fear of immediate execution.

Grynszpan, who directed the film ‘Forgotten Refugees‘, about the 800,000 to 1 million Jews expelled from their homes in the Arab world in the 1950s, posted his interview with the unnamed Spanish journalist on Facebook on Wednesday.

“I met today with a Spanish journalist who just came back from Gaza. We talked about the situation there. He was very friendly. I asked him how come we never see on television channels reporting from Gaza any Hamas people, no gunmen, no rocket launcher, no policemen. We only see civilians on these reports, mostly women and children.”

“He answered me frankly: ‘It’s very simple, we did see Hamas people there launching rockets, they were close to our hotel, but if ever we dared pointing our camera on them they would simply shoot at us and kill us.'”

“Wooh, impressive. Then I asked him ‘Would you mind saying that on camera? I can film you explaining this…'”

“For some reason I cannot really understand, he refused and almost ran away. I guess my camera is as dangerous as Hamas threats…”

“So just for you to know, the truth will never appear on the images you see on television.”

Grynszpan‘s interview was flagged on Thursday by blogger Elder of Zion who compared the many reports of the dangerous intimidation endured by journalists from Hamas in Gaza to what was reported in 2006, at the hands of Hezbollah, in Lebanon.

“CNN’s Nic Robertson dutifully accompanied Hezbollah on a planned tour of a bombed out building, repeating Hezbollah’s talking points about not seeing any military targets there and not telling viewers that it was staged entirely by Hezbollah. Only when he was safely back in the U.S., and challenged on TV about his report, did he admit the truth,” the blogger said.

Robertson, as reported by Newsbusters, said on air: “Hezbollah has ‘very, very sophisticated and slick media operations,’ that the terrorist group ‘had control of the situation. They designated the places that we went to, and we certainly didn’t have time to go into the houses or lift up the rubble to see what was underneath,’ and he even contradicted Hezbollah’s self-serving spin: ‘There’s no doubt that the [Israeli] bombs there are hitting Hezbollah facilities.'”

But Elder of Ziyon also quoted the reporting of CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who he credited as being “the only one of scores of journalists who exposed the facade of impartiality while he was in Lebanon.”

“As the video showed a group reporters and photographers interviewing a single woman on a blanket, Cooper explained, ‘Civilian casualties are clearly what Hezbollah wants foreign reporters to focus on. It keeps the attention off them — and questions about why Hezbollah should still be allowed to have weapons when all the other militias in Lebanon have already disarmed.'”

“After letting us take pictures of a few damaged buildings, they take us to another location, where there are ambulances waiting.”

This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah media event. When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up. We were allowed a few minutes to talk to the ambulance drivers. Then one by one, they’ve been told to turn on their sirens and zoom off so that all the photographers here can get shots of ambulances rushing off to treat civilians. That’s the story that Hezbollah wants people to know about.”

“These ambulances aren’t responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect.”

38 Comments

  • The World media is fixated on the plight of Gazans! Ignores hamas rockets being fired! Isis can terrorise Christians and Obama resolves to ensure 40,000 are safe in N. Iraq! While the Wprld reaches into its pockets to alleviate the suffering of the Gazan people, and Humanity dictates that we should, hamas is free of responsibility toward its own in order to Kill Jews!

    • There is no different between Hamas and IS. They all have the same belief and the same manners which are the source of their religion. JIHAD is the name for their religion war; it concerns anyone who isn’t Muslim!! They are fully motivated to enforce Islam everywhere using a very vicious way including a lot of violence and cruelty. they are merciless with their natives let alone with people that aren’t Muslims, especially Christian ; Muslims treat Christian as their worst enemy (even more than Jews) according to Muslim belief Christian are blasphemers and they are condemned to Hell. Don’t be naïve! Wake up before it’s too late!!

  • Cynthia Hutchinson

    That is not true. I have seen videos of Hamas fighters in action

    • this is true.. you forget they said you will NEVER SEE IT ON TV or through the general media.. this is because they have been bribed to not air such things as to put a bad light on islam and the muslim beliefs so they can blame others for their actions – much like the liberals and democrats in this country that blame their failed policies on others… and the ones on YouTube are posted by them to support the fact they are killing no-believers in accordance with the koran in and when it is shared then social-media bans them or the others like C.A.I.R. in this country claims islamaphobia… a liberals and others that claim articles like this are fake or not true are just supporting the terrorist cause they forget it is not a phobia when it is true… the truth is they are doing what they are told to do as written in their koran.. “lie, misrepresent, deceive the the non believers till they accept isalam and if they don’t then they are to be killed..” so keep believing the lies of islam and Cynthia you will soon be wearing a hajib and a burkha.. your husband will probably be killed, your sons will be murdered or sent to a slave camp, and your daughters 12 will be married to muslims and then when they come to child birthing years they will be murdered or sent to a sex slave camp.. if your daughters are older they will be raped and murdered as will you… islam and the so called muslim faith is a hate group that is bent on world control and destruction…

  • No Israeli Withdrawal from one side without a fair ceasefire finishing completely the unjust siege, or International punishments from the UN for the repeated Israeli war crimes since its occupation in 1948 and 1967!! Israel has no right in any think util you end at least your dirty occupation to the 1967 lands completely!!

  • At last, a truthful, unbiased SPANISH reporter with a conscience. Wonders will never cease seeing that most Spaniards are still amongst the most Jew-hating of all Jew-hating nations in Jew-hating (and Jew-massacring for more than 1,000 years)Europe. Kudos to him and if he ever receives threats to his person from the soon-to-be-majority bloodthirsty (for Christian as well as Jewish blood) Moslem fanatics in Spain (and elsewhere in Europe, even the UK) let him flee to Israel where, even though it’s now battling, alone, those Moslem fanatics, he’ll be welcomed and far safer than over there. Just not to bring Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem with him!

    • Not just the Spanish reporter. Note that Anderson Cooper of CNN reported truth in this article. He’s the ONLY one I trust though he’s the one who referred to tea partiers as transfers, an obscenity I guess he picked up as a gay man and for which I disrespect him

  • As I heard one politician say who appeared to be in
    support of what Israel was doing in regard to the
    current Gaza war. “Hamas must be crushed.”

  • Lucille Kaplan

    Is anyone else having technical problems sharing this article on Facebook? This could be my browser acting up, but I wanted to flag my cross-posting problem here, given the possibility that forces seeking to silence Algemeiner might be moved to interfere electronically with the posting options that get Algemeiner’s coverage out to a wider audience. . .

  • WHY THESE WARS WILL NEVER END: The Psychological Roots of the Muslim vs. The West/Israel conflicts

    By ignoring the honor-shame dynamic in Arab political culture, is the West keeping itself from making headway toward peace?

    A Palestinian protester aims sparks from a flare toward Israeli security forces during clashes near the Israeli checkpoint in Hebron on Feb. 25, 2013. (Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images)
    By Richard Landes — Jun 24, 2014
    Anthropologists and legal historians have long identified certain tribal cultures—warrior, nomadic—with a specific set of honor codes whose violation brings debilitating shame. The individual who fails to take revenge on the killer of a clansman brings shame upon himself (makes him a woman) and weakens his clan, inviting more open aggression. In World War II, the United States sought the help of anthropologists like Ruth Benedict to explain the play of honor and shame in driving Japanese military behavior, resulting in both intelligence victories in the Pacific Theater and her book The Chrysanthemum and the Sword. Taking her lead, the great classicist E.R. Dodds analyzed the millennium-long shift in Greek culture from a “shame” culture to a “guilt” culture in his Greeks and the Irrational, where he contrasted a world in which fame and reputation, rather than conscience and fear of divine retribution, drive men to act.

    But even before literary critic Edward Saïd heaped scorn on “honor-shame” analysis in Orientalism (1978), anthropologists had backed off an approach that seemed to make inherently invidious comparisons between primitive cultures and a morally superior West. The reception of Saïd’s work strengthened this cultural relativism: Concerns for honor and shame drive everyone, and the simplistic antinomy “shame-guilt cultures” must be ultimately “racist.” It became, well, shameful in academic circles to mention honor/shame and especially in the context of comparisons between the Arab world and the West. Even in intelligence services, whose job is to think like the enemy, refusing to resort to honor/shame dynamics became standard procedure.

    Any generous person should have a healthy discomfort with “othering,” drawing sharp lines between two peoples. We muddy the boundaries to be minimally polite: Honor-killings, for example, are thus seen as a form of domestic violence, which is also pervasive in the West. And indeed, honor/shame concerns are universal: Only saints and sociopaths don’t care what others think, and no group coheres without an honor code.

    But even if these practices exist everywhere, we should still be able to acknowledge that in some cultures the dominant voices openly promote honor/shame values and in a way that militates against liberal society and progress. Arab political culture, to take one example—despite some liberal voices, despite noble dissidents—tends to favor ascendancy through aggression, the politics of the “strong horse,” and the application of “Hama rules”—which all combine to produce a Middle East caught between prison and anarchy, between Sisi’s Egypt and al-Assad’s Syria. Our inability, however well-meaning, to discuss the role of honor-shame dynamics in the making of this political culture poses a dilemma: By keeping silent, we not only operate in denial, but we may actually strengthen these brutal values and weaken the very ones we treasure.

    Few conflicts offer a better place to explore these matters than the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    ***

    In order to understand the role of hard zero-sum, honor-shame concerns in the attitude of Arabs toward Israel, one must first understand the role of the Jew in the Muslim Arab honor-group. For the 13 centuries before Zionism, Jews had been subject to a political status in Muslim lands specifically designed around issues of honor (to Muslims) and shame (to Jews). Jews were dhimmi, “protected” from Muslim violence by their acceptance of daily public degradation and legal inferiority. Noted Chateaubriand in the 19th century: “Special target of all [Muslim and Christian] contempt, the Jews lower their heads without complaint; they suffer all insults without demanding justice; they let themselves be crushed by blows. … Penetrate the dwellings of these people, you will find them in frightful poverty.”

    For more than a millennium, Arab and Muslim honor resided, among other places, in their domination and humiliation of their dhimmi—and when the occasional reformer equalized their legal status, he struck a heavy blow to Muslim honor. Noted a British envoy on the impact of Muhammad Ali’s reforms: “The Mussulmans … deeply deplore the loss of that sort of superiority which they all & individually exercised over & against the other sects. … A Mussulman … believes and maintains that a Christian—& still more a Jew—is an inferior being to himself.”

    To say that to the honor-driven Arab and Muslim political player, in the 20th century as in the 10th century, the very prospect of an autonomous Jewish political entity is a blasphemy against Islam, and an insult to Arab virility, is not to say that every period of Muslim rule involved deliberate humiliation of dhimmi. Nor is it to say that all Arabs think like this. On the contrary, this kind of testosterone-fueled, authoritarian discourse imposes its interpretation of “honor” on the entire community, often violently. Thus, while some Arabs in 1948 Palestine may have viewed the prospect of Jewish sovereignty as a valuable opportunity, the Arab leadership and “street” agreed that for the sake of Arab honor Israel must be destroyed and that those who disagreed were traitors to the Arab cause.

    Worse: The threat to Arab honor did not come from a worthy foe, like the Western Christians, but by from Jews, traditionally the most passive, abject, cowardly of the populations over which Muslims ruled. As the Athenians explained to the Melians in the 5th century B.C.E.:
    One is not so much frightened of being conquered by a power which rules over others, as Sparta does, as of what would happen if a ruling power is attacked and defeated by its own subjects.

    So, the prospect of an independent state of should-be dhimmis struck Arab leaders as more than humiliating. It endangered all Islam. Thus Rahman Azzam Pasha, the head of the newly formed Arab League, spoke for his “honor group” when he threatened that “if the Zionists dare establish a state, the massacres we would unleash would dwarf anything which Genghis Khan and Hitler perpetrated.” As the Armenians had discovered a generation earlier, the mere suspicion of rebellion could engender massacres.

    The loss in 1948, therefore, constituted the most catastrophic possible outcome for this honor-group: Seven Arab armies, representing the honor of hundreds of thousands of Arabs (and Muslims), were defeated by less than a million Jews, the surviving remnant of the most devastating and efficient genocide in history. To fall to people so low on the scale that it is dishonorable even to fight them—nothing could be more devastating. And this humiliating event occurred on center stage of the new postwar global community, before whom the Arab league representatives had openly bragged about their upcoming slaughters. In the history of a global public, never has any single and so huge a group suffered so much dishonor and shame in the eyes of so great an audience.

    So, alongside the nakba (catastrophe) that struck hundreds of thousands of the Arab inhabitants of the former British Mandate Palestine, we find yet another, much greater psychological catastrophe that struck the entire Arab world and especially its leaders: a humiliation so immense that Arab political culture and discourse could not absorb it. Initially, the refugees used the term nakba to reproach the Arab leaders who started and lost the war that so hurt them. In a culture less obsessed by honor and more open to self-criticism, this might have led to the replacement of political elites with leaders more inclined to move ahead with positive-sum games of the global politics of the United Nations and the Marshall Plan. But when appearances matter above all, any public criticism shames the nation, the people, and the leaders.

    Instead, in a state of intense humiliation and impotence on the world stage, the Arab leadership chose denial—the Jews did not, could not, have not won. The war was not—could never—be over until victory. If the refugees from this Zionist aggression disappeared, absorbed by their brethren in the lands to which they fled, this would acknowledge the intolerable: that Israel had won. And so, driven by rage and denial, the Arab honor group redoubled the catastrophe of its own refugees: They made them suffer in camps, frozen in time at the moment of the humiliation, waiting and fighting to reverse that Zionist victory that could not be acknowledged. The continued suffering of these sacrificial victims on the altar of Arab pride called out to the Arab world for vengeance against the Jews. In the meantime, wherever Muslims held power, they drove their Jews out as a preliminary act of revenge.

    The Arab leadership’s interpretation of honor had them responding to the loss of their own hard zero-sum game—we’re going to massacre them—by adopting a negative-sum strategy. Damaging the Israeli “other” became paramount, no matter how much that effort might hurt Arabs, especially Palestinians. “No recognition, no negotiations, no peace.” No Israel. Sooner leave millions of Muslims under Jewish rule than negotiate a solution. Sooner die than live humiliated. Sooner commit suicide to kill Jews than make peace with them.

    ***

    Yet somehow, however obvious these observations are, their implications rarely get discussed in policy circles. Current peace plans assume that both sides will make the necessary concessions for peace, that compromisecan lead to an acceptable win-win for both sides. As one baffled BBC announcer exclaimed, “Good grief, this is so simple it could be resolved with an email”; or as Jeremy Ben-Ami puts it, “It would take sixty seconds to lay out the basic solution.” But it’s only simple if you assume that Arabs no longer feel it’s a hard zero-sum game, that any win for Israel is an unacceptable loss of honor for them, that their “honor group” no longer considers negotiation a sign of weakness, compromise, shameful, and any peace with Israel, any Israeli “win” no matter how small an insult to Islam. During and (more remarkably) after Oslo, it became a matter of faith among both policy makers and pundits that the old era of Arab irredentism was gone. As one NPR commentator noted (during the intifada!), “Any Palestinian with a three-digit IQ knows that Israel is here to stay.”

    The condescension of this remark is matched only by its inaccuracy. Not only does it consider the entire leadership of Hamas morons, but it ignores how deeply the psychological trauma of Israel affects the Arab world. Hamas’ Khaled Mash’al, by no means a two-digit-IQ-er, spoke thus at the height of the intifada:
    Tomorrow, our nation [Islam not Palestine] will sit on the throne of the world. … Tomorrow we will lead the world, Allah willing. Apologize today [you infidels], before remorse will do you no good. Our nation is moving forwards, and it is in your interest to respect a victorious nation. … Before Israel dies, it must be humiliated and degraded. Allah willing, before they die, they will experience humiliation and degradation every day.

    Even among the most Westernized Arabs, the wound of Israel’s existence cuts deep, as does the instinct to accuse Israel for Arab failures. Ahmed Sheikh, editor in chief of Al Jazeera, blames Israel for the lack of democracy in the Arab world:
    The day when Israel was founded created the basis for our problems. … It’s because we always lose to Israel. It gnaws at the people in the Middle East that such a small country as Israel, with only about 7 million inhabitants, can defeat the Arab nation with its 350 million. That hurts our collective ego. The Palestinian problem is in the genes of every Arab. The West’s problem is that it does not understand this.

    Sheikh’s conclusion is not that ending the fight with Israel might lead to democracy, but rather that once the West lets the Arabs win against Israel, then they’ll build democracies.

    As transparently inaccurate an understanding of the Arab world’s problems with democracy as this appeal might be, it has many Western takers, eager to preserve their “rational choice models.” Many post-Orientalists, in the tradition of Edward Saïd, have predicted the outbreak of democracy any decade now, from the 1990s to the “Arab Spring.” Thus, while Yasser Arafat’s “no” at Camp David shocked Bill Clinton, Dennis Ross, and a public fed on the idea of a win-win peace process, those familiar with the values of Arafat’s primary honor-group predicted that rejection. If “that which has been taken by force must be regained by force,” then nothing Arafat “got” in negotiations could possibly wash away the shame of a cowardly stroke of the pen that legitimized Dar al Harb in the midst of Dar al Islam. As a result, while Bill Clinton and Ehud Barak (and, reportedly, some younger Palestinian negotiators) mourned, Arafat returned to the Middle East a hero.

    None of this mattered to experts like Robert Malley and Robert Wright, who explained why a reasonable Arafat had to say no. Of course, to make Arafat rational meant blaming the Israelis for the failure of negotiations and for the subsequent explosion of violence against them. When Cherie Blair expressed her understanding for the despair of suicide bombers, she projected her liberal world view on people who actuallyaspire to the highest honor their society can offer: martyrdom in the war to kill the Jews. Israelis themselves offer ample support for this reversal of responsibility. Unable to tell the difference between strategy and tactics, they criticize “both sides” for playing zero-sum games, even though only their side considers that a reproach.

    ***

    The policy implications here are grave. The “rational” model assumes that the ’67 borders (’49 armistice lines) are the key and that an Israeli withdrawal will satisfy rational Palestinian demands, resolving the conflict. Attention to honor-shame culture, however, suggests that such a retreat would trigger greater aggression in the drive for true Palestinian honor, which means “all of Palestine, from the river to the sea.” Recently, military historian Andrew Bacevich, expressing the logic of win-win conflict resolution, wrote that only by leveling the playing field between Israelis and Palestinians, by weakening the too-dominant Israelis, could negotiations really work. By ignoring “strong-horse” Arab political culture and its deep grievance with the “Zionist entity,” he never even raises the possibility that parity would produce more conflict, indeed, behavior akin to Syria’s civil war, rather than the Scandinavian model of civility he invokes. Israelis, even the peace camp, instinctively know this and resist those kinds of concessions; outsiders and the dogmatically self-accusatory view that resistance as the cause of the problem.

    For Israelis, the stakes of these abstruse debates over the meaning and importance of honor-shame culture could not be higher. Israelis’ future depends on their ability to understand why their neighbors hate them and what can and won’t work in trying to deal with their hostility. It would constitute criminal negligence to ignore these issues.

    But the problem goes far beyond Israel and her neighbors. As anyone paying attention knows, the Salafi-Jihadis, who have “hijacked” Islam the world over, embody this self-same honor-shame mentality in itsharshest form: the existential drama of humiliate or be humiliated, rule or be ruled, exterminate or be exterminated. Dar al Islam must conquer dar al Harb; independent infidels (harbis) must be spectacularly brought low, their women raped; Islam must dominate the world … or vanish. The language of Shia and Sunni Jihadis alike reverberates with the sounds of honor, plunder, dominion, shame, humiliation, misogyny, rage, vengeance, conspiracy, and paranoid fear of implosion.

    It’s not that our policy makers—and here I speak of not only Israel but the democratic West—don’t take account of honor-shame dynamics. They just don’t take it seriously. For them, what they regard as childish, superficial concerns can be palliated with polite words and gestures, and then these good people will behave like rational choice actors, and we can all move forward in familiar, sensible ways. So, when the Pope Benedict’s remark about an “inherently violent Islam” set off riots of protest throughout the Muslim world, the onus was on the pope to apologize for provoking them. Only thus could one spare Muslims global derision for randomly killing—killing to protest being called violent.

    But culture is not a superficial question of manners. In the Middle East, honor is identity. Appeasement and concessions are signs of weakness: When practiced by one’s own leaders, they produce riots of protest, by one’s enemy, renewed aggression. Benjamin Netanyahu stops most settlement activity for nine months. Barack Obama goes to Saudi Arabia for a reciprocal concession he can announce in Cairo. King Abdullah throws a fit and the Palestinians make more demands. And too few wonder whether basic logic of the negotiations—land for peace—has any purchase on the cultural realities of this corner of the globe. If onlyIsrael would be more reasonable …

    When we indulge Arab (and jihadi Muslims’) concerns for honor by backing off anything that they claim offends them, we think that our generosity and restraint will somehow move extremists to more rational behavior. Instead, we end up muzzling ourselves and thereby participating in, honoring, and confirming their most belligerent attitudes toward the “other.” They get to lead with their glass chin, while we, thinking we work for peace, end up confirming and weaponizing the Arab world’s most toxic weaknesses—their insecurity, their embrace of all-or-nothing conflicts, their addiction to revenge, their paranoid scapegoating, their shame-driven hatred. And there is nothing generous, rational, or progressive about that.

    ***

    • Devil's Advocate

      N-no its not!

      Just kidding. Honestly, that blog should be required reading for high school graduation (along with some footnotes about the Armenian Death March, Rape of Nanking, and the holocaust) Considering its everyday relevance in the news today.

    • A brilliant analysis, Ron….Ithe Koran is supposed to be the word of God….Islam is supposed to rule the world….instead, capitalist Christianity or secularism does…the Muslims are fighting to save their religion

    • Shelley Lang

      Ron, How can I get a copy of your post? It is the most important analysis I have ever read on the israeli\arab conflict, indeed of the west/Arab conflict.
      Shelley lang

    • Ron, I don’t know if anyone else read your very long reply, but it was absolutely enlightening and so eloquently and intelligently expressed. Thank you for your insight. unfortunately,I don’t think that anyone in power will alter the course of political correctness and we’ll continue to go down a path of destruction, affecting the West and other societies, until a crises larger than 9-11 forces us to take stock of the uncomfortable truth.

    • Wow… This was an amazing read and completely illuminates SO much of what I thought I already knew.

      I’m gobsmacked.

  • Peter Nyikos

    Militant Muslims seem to have a phobia of video cameras. Even in Dearborn, Michigan, Muslim security guards refused to allow someone to ask a question at a booth which was specifically set up by Muslims to answer questions about Islam, simply because a woman was filming this would-be exchange. See the second video “Sharia comes to Dearborn” in the following eye-popping website.

    http://www.answeringmuslims.com/p/dearborn.html

    You can read details of how the two Christians featured in the videos were arrested and incarcerated on trumped up charges, and how, subsequent to their release from prison, there was a disinformation campaign against them which included the Mayor of Dearborn and also a number of Christian organizations more sympathetic to Muslims than to their fellow Christians.

  • I am a fiercely proud Jew and supporter of Israel. I want to share so much information I see from this publication.

    However, I dare not because half the sources come from social media and I would be chastised. It is completely unaccredited. Provide links to trusted sources so we can share it.

  • Beside the false reporting discussed by the prior commenters, there is the “pallywood”, not commented on. The Shifta hospital entrance is a TV program set. There are plentiful twenty or so year-old men milling around, bringing in babies supposedly injured, with lots of older women standing around crying. I have den this false “pallywood” reporting previously, most notedly in the Al Dura false reporting, and this looks to me very much the same.

  • You may wonder why western Media are reporting , and western public, including politicians, are belieiving, that heavy armed roboter-like IDF-soldiers are waging a indiscriminate war against women and children in Gaza. Well the jounralists in Gaza fear for their accreditation and their life. Solution: FREE Gaza from HAMAS!

  • Edward Paul Campbell

    Mister Terribly Sincere, Jon Snow, for Channel 4 News, is a classic example of serially manipulated tear-jerking journalism or as complete a travesty of truth as one could ever hope to witness. As has been repeatedly said, all we see is the weeping and wailing of mothers and children. Not one Hamas thug has been acknowledged as a casualty. Amaaaaazing! So obviously, Israel is wasting $100s of millions of dollars tilting at windmills, and risking its limited troops just to kill helpless civialians, because it can. I’d buy that for a dollar.

  • The Left and their media supporters are living in a dream world. This broader war against Western civilization discussed by Samuel Huntington in his famous book is a real war, something most Westerners have not experienced and are ill-prepared to admit and to properly face. People who are at war routinely use violence and the threat of violence to further their goals. Until the West comes to terms with this war that is being waged against it and develops a proper strategy to fight against it, it will continue to be asymmetric, with gains being made encroachingly by Islamic radicals on the West’s values, principles and way of life. To resist, Two things must happen first: realization and admission that we are in a war for our very lives and civilization and the determination to fight that war. These two things have not yet happened. Hence, the broadly held historical belief that civilizations are rarely defeated…..they more likely commit suicide.

    • Absolutely right. The Europe don’t understand not only the far located Arabic world and continue blame Israel, but even what is happening at the close vicinity of it: the “creeping” aggression of Putin’s Russia. The Europeans and Americans still sometimes consider it as a helpful partner (in particular in the Middle East conflict). After conquering Ukraine Putin may go farther: to Europe.

  • Pray for the PEACE of Jerusalem in all her beautiful walls PEACE this is the HEART the HOME of ALL we love her
    She is our HOLY mother of hear the pain in all her son/s
    and daughters we are her children prayer for. ALLhear our
    Prayers oh G_d Hera the prayers of all we all our her blest children

  • Instead of the world accusing Israel of a “disproportionate use of force” they should be focusing on “the disproportionate use of media” by Hamas, among their other terrorist actions.

  • Hooray for Israel and for Michael Grynspan!

  • I’ve been hearing this story for a number of days now……WHERE ARE THE NETWORKS???? WHAT HAPPENED TO CNN?…Even FOX which appears to be very Pro Israel…no mention???

  • I can understand them being afraid while they are in Gaza or Lebanon. What I can’t understand is why these “journalists” don’t publicize these forms of intimidation and threats when they are no longer in Gaza or Lebanon. They have a chance to show the world that Hamas, Hezbollah etc. are simply thugs and murderers.

    Where is their professionalism and common decency?

    • Mordecai Ben Natan

      JAY
      One must realise that the journalist have to go back to areas where ever there is a war.
      Most of it happens in Islamic countries.
      If they come out with the truth, then they can never return to any Islamic country, for fear of being killed.
      I can understand their fear. They are told what to say, and what to show.
      THIS IS THEIR LIVELYHOOD.
      Al Jazeera came up with the truth.

      The world only sees women and children (how many of those videos are from Iraq, Syria etc), and shown as being NOW in Gaza?

      THEY HAVE NEVER SHOWN THE “BRAVE” HAMAS FIGHTERs.
      BUT AL JAZEERA POINTED THIS OUT. THE TOTAL KILLED IS MORE LIKELY 90% HAMAS TERRORISTS. MEN BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 40.
      HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PHOTO OR VIDEO OF THE YOUNG MEN?
      The one photo of children lying dead with the caption “THIS IS WHAT THE IDF DO” WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE ONE’S BLOOD BOIL. But that was the photo of the Fogel family butchered by Islamic killers one Friday night when the family was asleep. They decapitated the 3 month old baby. They showed this BUT THEY FORGOT TO BLOT OUT THE MEZUZZA on the door post.
      As I have written many times.
      they use Nazi propaganda minister, Goebbels theory.
      ‘THE BIGGER THE LIE, THE MORE OFTEN TOLD, THE MORE THE WORLD WILL BELIEVE IT
      What is strange that because of the sympathy they get from the world by showing the lie, the world forgot to ask. ‘WHERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN?”
      HOW MANY DEATHS ARE REAL, AND HOW MANY ARE THE TERRORISTS?

      Hopefully, this will eventually be made known.
      But where is Bibi. It appears as though he too, was “taken in” by this propaganda lie.

      And BBC is the worst offender of spreading hate.
      The presenter showed new born babies.
      Then he asked, IS THIS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THEM?
      THEN HE SHOWED BOMBED OUT AREAS.
      AS A JEW, MY BLOOD WAS BOILING. I FELT A SUDDEN HATRED OF ISRAEL. SO, IMAGIN WHAT THE REST OF THE NON JEWISH WORLD FELT.
      CAN YOU IMAGIN WATCHING THAT? YOU TOO WOULD HATE THE JEWS AND ISRAEL UNTIL YOU SUDDENLY WOKE UP TO WHO THAT BASTARD PRESENTER IS.
      THE LEADER OF HAMAS, LIVING WELL IN A LUXURY HOTEL WAS BEING INTERVIEWED.
      HE SAID THAT ISRAEL MOST NOT DESTROY THE TUNNELS. WHAT A JOKER.
      G-D BLESS ISRAEL.

  • If it wasn’t for the Internet and Algemeiner plus other brave journalists this story would not be told. The people we are fighting are very good at propaganda. They know how to spin a story. Israel is getting better at presenting its side, thank G-d.

    • Scum of the earth Jews. It’s as if Jewiwsh IDF/IAF killers didn’t always have thei faces covered

    • Well, perhaps we should all be afraid of all types of propaganda, coming from our own governments, or from those we perceive as enemies. It seems this is a war where both sides are well equipped for propaganda, the Israelian government hardly seems unprepared, on the contrary.
      referring to the curent operation in Gaza, there are few international accounts of the current operation in Gaza that would not mention Hamas and their actions, and even if not all that is going on there gets shown (the story with Hezbollah preventing some or all journalists to film them might be plausible), what does get out, rather consistently from all international journalists in Gaza regarding the scores of civilians killed – is quite sufficient.
      The PR war is increasingly being lost by the Israelian government because of the perceived assymmetry in military capacity and actions, and the extreme difference in the number of civilian victims between the two sides, which only proves this assymmetry. It seems that no matter how much orchestration there might be, the number of real victims is very real.

      As an external observer, I just wish I could see at one point both Hamas and the Israelian government sincerely apologizing for the loss of civilian life they have both caused, no excuses for either side.

  • So why do journalists even go to Gaza? I guess they are not journalists, must be something else.

    • Because that sells, and that sells a lot. It’s nothing new, people love to hate Israel. They love to think that these poor jews became these horrible oppressors, that gives them legitimacy on their burning hatred, and they don’t even try to look at a different truth. $$$$ driven.

  • I’m Not surprised, Hamas needs to go!

  • The BBC, CNN, New York Times, Huffington Post, CBC and other media are too cowardly to report anything that may be telling the real truth about the terrorist Hamas or Pal/Arab terror actions.

    Or let us just face it that this media mentioned above and others may just be plain anti-Israel/anti-Zionist/anti-Semitic.

    Hooray for Israel !

    Al, Canada

    • How much are these so-called journalists given cash in brown envelopes to report what Hamas wants them to report and suppress the truth? Do the so-called journalists have any ethical standards other than money-making?

  • It is past time for journalists to become journalists again.

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