Western Media Scrub Mention of Hamas from Headlines on Gaza Clash

(The Federalist) Erielle Davidson - Every once in a while, the Western media finds itself complacent in playing to the narrative of those opposed to liberal values. In Gaza on Friday, Hamas launched a series of protests near the Israeli border that turned violent, as Palestinian Arabs heaved rocks and firebombs towards the border fence and sent tires engulfed in flames towards Israeli soldiers. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) responded in kind by targeting those civilians instigating violence or attempting to breach the border. Friday's headlines in the New York Times, Reuters, and CNN failed to properly assign blame to the responsible parties as they whitewashed any mention of Hamas from their headlines, though Hamas is solely responsible for instigating the violence. With the Western media's willingness to portray Israel as the routine aggressor despite the Israeli military following highly specific and moral rules of engagement, the Hamas method of using civilians as bait will continue to be a successful tactic. The writer is an economic research assistant at the Hoover Institution.

2018-04-04 00:00:00

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