The Media and Civilian Casualties in Gaza

(CAMERA) During the 2009 and 2014 conflicts in Gaza between Israel and Hamas, the media accepted without hesitation the fatality tallies provided by the UN, even though the UN relied on information provided by Hamas, a party to the conflict that has an obvious interest in misrepresenting the fatalities. It is a curious thing that so much credence is given to figures provided by a terrorist organization with a poor record of accountability, while contradictory figures from Israel, a country with a proven record of conducting independent investigations, are dismissed. A detailed, name-by-name study by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center found that more than half of those killed in the 2014 conflict were members of terrorist organizations or participants in the hostilities. The Center's report exhaustively catalogs each individual, showing evidence of their participation in the hostilities and terrorist affiliation. Yet on April 28, 2015, when major news organizations carried the story of a released UN report investigating the deaths occurring in and around shelters administered by UN agencies, virtually every story cited the UN figure that 70% of the deaths were civilians, or established that civilians made up most of the dead.

2015-05-08 00:00:00

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