Does the Moral High Ground Belong to the Side that Loses More People?

(HonestReporting) Akiva Van Koningsveld - As Israel struggles to contain the deadliest surge in Palestinian terrorism since 2008, the media is resorting to the dubious practice of presenting Palestinian and Israeli casualty numbers like a sports scoreboard. Yet the raw numbers fail to acknowledge that while Israeli fatalities have largely been innocent civilians, the majority of Palestinians killed were engaged in acts of violence. According to an HonestReporting count, 61.6% of the 143 Palestinians who died in the West Bank this year were shot while attacking Israeli civilians or security forces with guns, knives, explosives, firebombs, rocks, or cars. An additional 27.3% died during violent riots. Almost half were members of U.S.-designated terrorist organizations such as Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Al Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades. The moral high ground does not necessarily belong to the side that loses more people - particularly if those people are killed trying to slaughter innocent civilians. By uncritically echoing the Palestinian death tally, the media are making the latest Palestinian assault on Israelis look like a campaign of aggression by Israel.

2022-12-08 00:00:00

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