The Guardian is still telling lies

It is always heart-rending to see the suffering of civilians, and particularly that of children, in war zones.  Most coverage, however, does not deliberately attempt to make propaganda out of it, and very few newspapers support that propaganda making.  The quality media do not intrude, unless of course they are invited to do so, and rarely in order to act as propagandists for one side or the other.

Not so the Guardian which, like CiF, seems very willing to adopt that role.  The Guardian itself, with its usual one-sidedness and eagerness to vilify Israel alone in the conflict, posted a video which painted that suffering, without any context and without any mention of the role of Hamas in exacerbating it.  No comments were allowed after the article, which in itself speaks volumes about how badly the Guardian copes with criticism of its approach, but note how the Guardian translates the seated woman near the beginning of the video as saying “Israelis” when she is really saying “yahud,” which means “Jew” in Arabic.  It seems that either the Guardian cannot distinguish between the two or does not want to admit that Hamas-inspired hatred of the “Zionist entity” is, in fact, hatred of her Jews.

The video was typical of what we have come to expect from Guardian reportage about Gaza.  I have little doubt that children and families suffered.  However, not mentioned (and the record cannot be put straight there since no comments are allowed to the article) is the deliberate contribution to and exacerbation of that suffering by Hamas, which the media, including the Guardian, reinforced by its mindless coverage which was often entirely lacking in curiosity about context.

We know that Hamas deliberately embedded itself among civilians, in schools and in private houses during Cast Lead, and that it used its own people as human shields. It launched kassams against civilians in Israel from playgrounds in which it deliberately encouraged children to play.  These kassams are indeed rudimentary but they were still capable of doing damage.   Sometimes they exploded during manufacture (and innocent people were killed because they were manufactured in private homes) or on their launch pads.  Ordinance was stored among civilians in direct contravention of the Geneva Conventions.

Since the Guardian has not given people the opportunity to do so, I believe that we should remind their readers who come here of the context of the trauma to those Palestinian children and who is primarily to blame for it.  As Col Richard Kemp has said war is by its very nature chaotic and mistakes happen in it.  I am not trying to excuse any alleged excesses on Israel’s part, which are under investigation.

I have written previously about the plight of Gaza’s children, which has been deliberately brought about by Hamas and is equally deliberately made use of to further Hamas’ anti-Israel propaganda.  The Guardian’s and CiF’s role in aiding and abetting and, as we see, lying by omission about this, is inexcusable.  Worse, Hamas deliberately continues inculcating young children into its own culture of death and hatred, but the Guardian and CiF studiously ignore this. In the same article I described at length the psychological manipulation of little children by Hamas, so as to undermine their entirely natural fear of violent death, thereby ensuring the supply of the next generation of Islamist terrorists from Gaza.  I also wrote about the probable psychological effects on these children of witnessing Muslim on Muslim violence in Gaza, as a result of Hamas’ violence against Fatah.

This, then, is the context into which the video should be placed, but which the Guardian deliberately ignores.

I have no doubt that the children of Gaza display the psychological symptomology described in the video.  I repeat, however, that the video makes no attempt to tell its audience about the effects of over eight years of continued shelling on the children of southern Israel (see also here and for a more detailed account of the psychological trauma of the citizens of Sderot, see here and on the children of Sderot, here ).   In this, and true to form, the Guardian portrays the Gazans as the only victims of Cast Lead and reinforces their victimhood by lying by omission again and again when it  chooses to paint Israel as the archetypal villain.

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  1. Perhaps the videos discussed above were made by Save the Children and merely reproduced on the Guardian. However, here is another video, made by Guardian during Bush’s time and recycled today for some reason, about the children of Gaza and the traumas they suffer. They mention with feigned shock that the clinics for traumatised children are not supported by the UN.

    However, we will wait forever for a parallel video on the traumatised children of Sderot, and the surrounding kibbutzim who don’t appear to exist for the Guardian and whose troubled development under the daily threat of Kassam rockets could not be of less moment or of less interest for the bigots who cry crocodile tears for Gaza.

    How is it to be explained?

    Are Jew..err Israelis, children of a lesser god?
    .. of less value to the world?
    … only there to be ignored?

  2. I think Shlomit has good reason to feel angry – when her empathy with the innocents in this conflict is dismissed as the hysterical outpourings of the gullible and misinformed.

    Those who have done so, in the manner that they have, expose a chauvinism that merely satisfies their own imperialistic instincts – (Shlomit’s not even a British name you know, she really should leave it to the plumy editor at the Guardian to draw the right conclusions about the Levant).

    And even worse than their anachronistic and parochial snobbery, is their display of moral ambivalence, akin to the French socialists in the 70’s who loved the revolutionary chic of the Khmer Rouge, but didn’t actually give a shit about the people forced to live and die under that tyranny. Those who come here to excuse a regime like Hamas, through obfuscation, sloganeering and the ridicule of others prove that they are no friends of liberty and justice at all.

  3. Jonny, I am past being angry at the scum here who accuse those who tell about the plight of the children of Sderot of not caring about Palestinian children. A child is a child. It cannot choose where it is born. It cannot choose to be born to people who will care more about its safety than they do about making war.


    (That’s a rhetorical question – that they do not is evidenced by their willingness to sacrifice their children’s safety rather than make peace).

    Here is a clue – Hamas and Fatah teach them to love death more than Israeli parents and teachers teach Israeli children to love life.

    I agree with Mitnaged. A society’s future is its children. There will not be a Palestinian society eventually because its people care less about their children than they do about killing and maiming Israelis.

  4. It is the innocent truth coming out of Golda’s mouth that so upsets these people and sadly she has proven to be right time and time again.
    She summed it up in a phrase, and arabist apologists have been going through contortions trying to do the same, I don’t envy them as they just don’t have the material to work with and are forced to try revisionism and sophistry…..and that just can’t hold a candle to the simple truth.

    We’ll have peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate ours.

  5. Shlomit

    There will not be a Palestinian society eventually because its people care less about their children than they do about killing and maiming Israelis.

    Polls indicate that a majority of Palestinians want a 2-state solution – and an end to the violence.

    The above comment, however, could be interpreted as an indirect call to quell Palestinian aspirations of their own state.


    We’ll have peace when the Arabs love their children more than they hate ours.

    I appreciate you have a different perspective, but that is a superficial cliché.

  6. @ Shlomit

    I am past being angry at the scum here who accuse those who tell about the plight of the children of Sderot of not caring about Palestinian children.

    Here I certainly hear you. I have no time for idiotic CiF posters who make such statements. They tend to class all Israeli Jews as some monolithic evil mass.

    And they are clearly full of sh*t.

  7. pretzelberg.

    It is far from a superficial cliche, the essence of it just isn’t believed or understood by people outside the zone.

    You see, what made the Mothers so successful when they campaigned to end holding the 2km buffer zone in Lebanon.
    The gov’t was insisting that Lebanon control the border, and the Mothers marched in the streets wanting their children ( soldiers considered to be their children, something the ranting CiFers would never believe) to be home and stop trying to police them.

    Cast Lead was on/off/on/off for a 6 month period, wanting to go in and clean up but not wanting to risk lives, weighing the benefit of putting up with hamas bullshit against fighting.
    This had nothing to do with Israel’s ability, but had everything to do with putting Israeli lives at risk.

    Yes, when the Arabs love their children more than they hate ours, there will be peace.

    At that point they will suddenly begin thinking of policy that will BENEFIT them as opposed to Hurting us.
    The options they will be weighing will not be where and how to strike at Israel, but where and how to improve their own lot.

  8. Pretzl you call the quotation from Golda a cliche. It might be a cliche in that it is used often but this is because of its startling truth.

    There are things that Israelis would never consider, that the Palestinians take for granted. They teach children to be what they call martyrs. There was a thread to this effect recently showing how children are brainwashed, so that they aspire to an early death helping their religion – to be rewarded in heaven. I find that repulsive in the extreme. Everyone is entitled to live his or her life and nobody is entitled to shorten it by sending them to blow themselves up for an abstract ideal.

    Cliche? Rubbish!

  9. @ peter1 / Margie

    If there were any substance about the Arabs not loving their children etc. then there would be practically nobody left in I/P due to mass suicide attacks, i.e. involving the entire Palestinian population.
    Those Palestinians mothers who have indeed blessed their sons before such attacks are, of course, the exception rather than the rule.

    You should be careful with such offensive sweeping generalisations.

  10. I am looking back over CiFWatch threads and I came across your post pretzel.

    Why do you think Palestinian parents give over their children to Hamas’ tender mercies? Are they paid to do so or don’t they care (and the former would appear to lead into the latter) or is it that they are frightened not to?

    Why do you think that a loving parent would so readily consign a child to be schooled into hatred?

    Why are you not campaigning against this child abuse by Hamas?

    You too should be careful about what you write when you evidently know so little about it.

  11. Anybody who agrees with Pretz should read this article:

    It says among other things

    “The womb of the Arab woman,” Arafat says smugly, promising ultimate victory over the Jews, “is my strongest weapon.

    As a result:
    An astonishing 45 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are below the age of 15, and 52 percent are between 15 and 64. A tiny 3.6 percent is over 65.