Once Again, the Media Ignores Violence Against Israeli Jews
American and European media outlets have produced dozens of stories about the Netanyahu government possibly falling apart after agreeing to a ceasefire with the terrorist organization Hamas. What they conveniently forgot to mention is what led to this situation.
After an intelligence-gathering mission by the IDF went awry, resulting in the killing of an Israeli special-forces officer, Hamas launched an unprecedented attack on Israeli civilians, firing nearly 500 rockets at communities in southern Israel.
In this latest barrage of rocket attacks, one Israeli was killed and well over 100 were injured, while rockets directly hit homes in the southern cities of Sderot and Ashkelon. A civilian bus carrying Israeli soldiers was hit by an anti-tank missile and erupted in flames. Warning sirens wailed as the night sky blazed with the light of incoming Hamas rockets. Schools in the south canceled their classes, and communities were instructed to remain near bomb shelters.
As an American newly arrived in Israel, I am appalled by the international and American press’ willingness to ignore this large-scale terror attack against the Jewish state.
Weeks after the shooting that killed 11 Jews at a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest assault on Jews in US history, the media couldn’t wait to talk about President Trump and white supremacists. Yet when Palestinians target Israelis — Jewish civilians — mum’s the word as to reporting on the terrorists involved.
The media’s failure to report and condemn antisemitism wherever it manifests itself is a breach of journalistic standards. But when has the mainstream media’s efforts to find moral equivalency between Islamic terrorists and Israel ever taken a back seat to truth in reporting?
So, what exactly did the press report?
In the limited coverage offered, the BBC described the terror attacks as “deadly fire traded across the border.” Time described Hamas’ bombardment of Israeli men, women, and children as an “exchange” of heavy fire. These and other outlets also conveniently ignored that Palestinians in Gaza have been launching incendiary kites and balloons since May 2018, resulting in the burning of at least 2,260 acres of woodland and 1,500 acres of agricultural crops. Some of these balloons reached schoolyards in Israel.
The mainstream media seems to be at a loss when Palestinians are implicated in attempts to murder Jews. Similarly, one would think they would finally call out people like newly elected Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Out of 105 news stories written in the aftermath of her election day victory, not a single one mentioned that she believes that Israel is “evil.” But why would they? Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour justified Hamas’ rocket attacks against Israeli civilians, yet she is hailed as a feminist hero by the American mainstream press. But just so there is no doubt that Hamas or any of these people actually care about Palestinian lives, the man who was murdered in one of the Hamas rocket attacks was a Palestinian father of six and a contractor gainfully employed in Israel
Fighting against antisemitism or any bigotry should never be a partisan issue. It shouldn’t matter whether you are politically on the left or the right when it comes to denouncing attempts to murder Jews. When the press refuses to report on the perpetrators of hate, they become accomplices to these heinous acts.
So forgive me if I take it a bit personally when a genocidal terror group puts a bullseye on my and my neighbors’ backs, and the media chooses to ignore those pulling the trigger because it doesn’t fit their narrative.
Bradley Martin is a senior fellow with the news and public policy group the Haym Salomon Center. A version of this article was published by The Daily Caller.