Contrary to what The Observer claims, there has not been “relative peace” in Israel

Weapons found in Palestinian terror suspect’s home, near Hebron, January 2012

Yesterday we commented on an Observer editorial which harshly condemned Israel for the use of administrative detention to detain suspected terrorists: “Observer op-ed on ‘hunger strikers’ exposes double standards on administrative detention coverage“.

In addition to the failure of The Observer (sister publication of The Guardian) to provide context on the use of such practices by other democracies and its failing to acknowledge that many of those held have already engaged in terror activities, the editorial made this astonishingly inaccurate claim:

“Indeed, according to the UN’s special rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, over the past year the number of administrative detentions has almost doubled despite the period of relative peace in Israel.” [emphasis mine]

First, it evidently never occurs to Guardian Group journalists that the degree to which there has been a decrease in the number of major terror attacks may have something to do with preventative anti-terror procedures, including administrative detention.  

But moreover, while the kind of large-scale deadly suicide attacks Israel experienced during the 2nd Intifada have thankfully decreased dramatically, Palestinian terrorists’ attempts to launch such attacks have not waned.

As I noted in the previous post, there are dozens of terror attacks in Israeli each month (see official Israeli terror statistics here), most of which the Guardian (and the majority of the mainstream media) fails to report.

In addition to rockets fired into Israeli towns from Gaza ( 627 deadly projectiles were fired in 2011 and 272 so far in 2012), here are a few recent attempted attacks, thankfully thwarted by the IDF, which belie the claim that there has been “relative peace” in Israel.

  • February 21: A powerful explosive device was uncovered along the Israel-Egypt border. Israeli forces saw a man hurling a suspicious bag and immediately fleeing the scene. The explosive was detonated in a controlled manner. No one was hurt.

There is one thing, of course, that all of these thwarted Palestinian terror attacks (against innocent Israeli civilians) have in common:

They weren’t reported by the Guardian. 

8 replies »

  1. I’m not surprised they didn’t report it. It’s not exactly a big deal. Every Israeli, citizen and soldier has a right to carry arms. The palestinians are simply resisting armed occupation in an exact parallel to the WWII french resistance. At least the germans didn’t settle their civilians there.

    • “The palestinians are simply resisting armed occupation in an exact parallel to the WWII french resistance. At least the germans didn’t settle their civilians there.”

      Alex your ignorance would be funny if it wasn’t so sad that someone can post something that is so historically inaccurate and at odds with the facts that it casts doubt on the principles of evolution laid down by Darwin.

    • I wonder whether M. Levick is trying to scare all tourists out of Israel with this story?

  2. However the pre-independence English-Iris/post-independence Americans DID settle their citizens on native Indian lands. That made the english/irish/americans greater war criminals (by today’s standards) Yet up till recently (late sixties on) the indians were portrayed as the baddies, when all they were doing is resisting occupation in the same way as the french and the palestinians. It’s a truism that the victor writes the history. Fortunately enough evidence is usually left for historians to correct the victor’s propaganda. cf. Pappe, Shlaim, Finkelstein.

  3. Alex’s distorted, not to say perverted, perspective suggests only the flimsiest acquaintance with what an unprejudiced observer might regard as ‘history’.

    • Alex is a simpleton who fails to grasp the complexity of the situation in the Middle East. He burbles what he has swallowed without any obvious thought and has no idea of the history of the region. He is not alone, the ISM, PSC, Guardian etc are bursting at the seams with useful idiots like him and the various Islamist organisations which find refuge in the UK make use of them without their realising it.

      Hey Alex, how nonsensical is the term “relative peace”? As nonsensical as a woman being a little bit pregnant?

  4. They also have in common that they weren’t reported by any half sensible responsible news outlet.