It seems to me that an increasing number of stories involving the Israel/Palestinian Arab situation appear in print without by-lines, and I can’t help thinking this may be a way of making it difficult to hold anyone accountable for propaganda passing as news.
It could also be a mechanism for protecting journalists from attack by Islamists, whose sensibilities are evidently easily bruised, and who tend to react to such perceived injuries in extremely violent ways. But those don’t seem to be the stories whose authors go unnamed.
Anyway, a case in point ran in today’s paper.
An Associated Press story out of the Gaza Strip, with no writer noted, was about Israel preparing to release another large batch of Palestinian Arab terrorists and murderers as a show of good faith or something for planned newly re-engaged peace talks.
The accompanying photo is of a man and his son, raising a banner in honor of one of the man’s other sons, Omar Masoud who a decade ago, with three accomplices from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, broke into a Gaza City European aid office, and stabbed to death a young Israeli lawyer working there.
Israel arrested him a month later and sentenced him to life in prison.
“Now Masoud, along with dozens of other long-term Palestinian prisoners, is up for release as part of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks after five years of diplomatic paralysis,” according to the story.
Israel is again being asked to release cold-blooded killers, who will hailed as heroes at home and who likely will at least try to kill again.
They are being asked to do this in exchange for nothing whatsoever.
In the story, Palestinian Arab leader Mahmoud Abbas says he agreed to discuss the creation of a Palestinian Arab state in part of what’s left of what Israel was originally supposed to be, predicated on Kerry’s assurances that talks will be based on everything the Arabs have demanded.
“He said the American invitation would state that the talks will be about establishing a Palestinian state next to Israel, based on the 1967 borders and with mutually agreed upon land swaps,” the story said.
This is not the first time Israel has released terrorists with blood on their hands in exchange for promises never kept, and have paid the price in more spilled blood.
The story says that Israel’s government releasing these monsters “poses the most difficult test so far of ITS PROFESSED WILLINGNESS to reach a peace deal.”
The story mentions not one, single concession being asked of the Palestinian Arabs. Not a single thing. Not even the promise of anything.
At least in the past, the PA has been made to promise to consider thinking about some issue or other, but this time, not even that.
But it’s the Israelis whose desire for peace is merely “professed.”
This is the special kind of stealth propaganda hidden in these nameless articles.
Netanyahu said that a decision to release prisoners “is painful to the bereaved families, painful to the people of Israel and very painful for me,” but that sometimes unpopular decisions must be made for the good of the state, the nameless writer wrote.
So, once again, the Jews are given little choice but to agree to a lopsided arrangement to avoid looking like the intransigent ones, because no one remembers, and journalists don’t remind them, of the countless similar arrangements that have come before and produced few positive results.
Ordinarily, journalists are expected and required to include context, background, to stories like this, so people who are “just tuning in,” so-to-speak, can understand what brought the situation to its current place. Not doing so, like in this story, leaves the impression that this is happening in a vacuum, and has no history, which is obviously, precisely what is intended.
And, I think this intentional skewing of stories on this issue, helps explain the omission of the names of the hacks that are turning them out.
Also, to provide a little context in THIS piece, which you will note, DOES include my name, the following other stories appeared in the press on the same day it was announced that the Middle East’s only democracy and the world’s only Jewish state is being required to release the killers of its people in exchange for the privilege of re-starting peace talks with just one Palestinian-Arab faction:
The Syrians are still killing each other at an alarming rate, just over one of Israel’s borders. Thousands protested in Tunisia at the funeral of an opposition leader, and a bomb exploded under a car outside a police station there. Egypt is out of control on another of Israel’s borders, as 65 more were killed in street riots, and more than 1,000 violent criminals “escaped” a Libyan prison during riots there, in “a nation overrun by militias and awash in weaponry,” according to reports.
Meanwhile, right here in the U.S. of A., Major Nidal Hasan, the man who carried out the Fort Hood massacre, released a statement apologizing to the Islamic faithful for his years in the U.S. military, and his part in our government’s “war on Muslims and Islam.”
Our Justice Department says Hasan’s mass murder was a case of “workplace violence” – that he was a regular guy who “went postal,” so-to-speak – and not an act of terrorism.
It looks to me like we are either blind or complicit in our own cultural suicide and insisting Israel be the same.
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