- Activists Slam Western Media for Providing Cover as Israel Bombs Gaza
The media often distorts the Palestinian struggle for self-determination against the occupation, and the recent Israeli bombardment of Gaza provides one such damaging example.
In one of the most serious escalations of violence seen in recent years, Israel has fired hundreds of missiles into the occupied Gaza over the weekend, leaving 19 people dead, including two pregnant women and a toddler.
Hostilities began on Friday when Israel killed two Palestinians in the besieged territory. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, groups that are fighting against Israeli occupation, fired missiles in retaliation into Israeli territory, leaving four people dead.
Israeli violence towards the people of Gaza typically manifests through regular territorial incursions, the targeted killing of protesters during weekly Friday marches, and preventing vital food and aid from entering the territory. The most recent burst of violence coincides with the start of the holy month of Ramadan when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk.
Israel’s bombardment of Gaza has sparked outrage among activists, as has coverage of its behaviour by international media outlets. The New York Times ran the headline ‘Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, & Israel Responds with Airstrikes’, placing the blame for starting the flare-up on Palestinians, and missing critical context, which some users saw as misleading.