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Sky News clip on Gaza riots fails to challenge multiple false claims


Here’s at brief thought experiment. Imagine if the Israeli government orchestrated a publicity stunt to highlight the plight of Jewish refugees, which entailed thousands of descendants of the 850,000 Jewish refugees from Arab lands violently demonstrating and attempting to infiltrate the borders of Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisa, Iraq and Libya, ostensibly to reclaim the lost property and homes and assets of their ancestors.

Is there really any question that the media would be contemptuous of Jerusalem’s cynical exploitation of civilians to score (‘hasbara’) propaganda points, or that they would hold the government responsible for any subsequent loss of life?  

Yet, most British media coverage of the violent riots on the Gaza border has failed to critically examine Hamas’s framing of the propaganda stunt known as the “Great Return March as a “peaceful”, civil-rights march to secure their “right of return”, whilst simultaneously downplaying the use of molotov cocktails, IED’s and attempts to cut the fence and infiltrate the border.

On Friday, April 6th, Sky News published a short video accompanying a story by their Middle East correspondent Alex Rossi – which they also tweeted – representing a good illustration of this ongoing media failure.

First, the clip erroneously suggests that the only violence which erupted during the protests were rock-throwing, ignoring the hundreds of Molotov cocktails thrown by Palestinians, the planting of IEDs and – in at least two cases – shots fired at Israeli forces.  It also ignores the fact that most of those killed in the initial round of violence were active members of Hamas or other terror groups. 

The clip then comically misrepresents the goals of the protesters, claiming that “they just want to go home”, erroneously suggesting that the tens of thousands of Palestinians who participated in the march have ‘homes’ in Israel that they’re being denied the right to return to.  A subsequent frame makes this claim more explicitly, when Sky News viewers are told that the protesters are “refugees” who want the “right of return”. 

However, as we’ve demonstrated repeatedly on our blog, over 99% of Palestinians who qualify for “refugee” benefits from UNRWA are not actual refugees, but merely descendants (children, grandchildren or great grand children) of refugees from the 1948 War. 

Viewers are then told that protesters in Gaza merely desire “peace and justice”, a comically misleading claim in light of Hamas’s stated aim of murdering Jews and annihilating Israel.  Another protester is heard falsely alleging that protesters are “not carrying a Molotov, they are not carrying a bomb or a rocket or even anything that relates to terrorism”, a claim clearly contradicted by clips demonstrating the use of firebombs and other forms of violence.  

In a mere one minute and twenty seconds, the Sky News clip accurately capsulizes the media’s astonishing credulity when faced with Palestinian soundbites that echo the narrative of a proscribed terror group – representative of a broader institutional failure to contextualise coverage of events in the region by reminding news consumers of the malevolent aims of the Hamas tyrants who rule Gaza.

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  1. Oh and I seem to remember the UK blockading the Malvinas Islands at one point. You don’t have a problem with that of course, it’s only if the Jewish State acts that you have a problem.

        • Lemme guess, you’re a Socialist? LOL!

          Is the Labour Party Left Wing, Socialist?

          How often must you be kicked by socialists until you get the idea through your thick head that Socialists are your enemy.

          You sound like a battered wife who sill loves her husband who she lovingly calls “knuckles”.

          When will you wake up?

      • Crazy Eddie, I know you don’t pay attention to my role in this battle, but I am one who calls out FAKE LIBERALS for being hypocrites when the story involves Israel.

        I get that you’re a Trump humping lunatic who hates every Democrat because of an irrational fear of black people and strong women. In fact, Sir, you are such a sad, sack of idiotic crap, that you do nothing but harm Israel and its ability to maintain a positive global image.

        Crazy Eddie, you freaking Fascist nutbag, what has Right Wing Nationalism done for the Jewish people? Other than incinerate them in ovens.

    • Oh, do go away, you are being serially ridiculous and boring, and your anti-British racism is showing. They were saved from certain destruction.

      • As an American, I have often referred to “Occupied Mexico” for BDS supporters in California and Texas. This is no different. Having integrity means having the same standards for all. Lord Elgin was not concerned with “saving” the marbles that he stole.

      • And even he had noble intentions, there are no longer relevant. The Parthenon and Erectheum are being reconstructed and the missing pieces, also including the fifth Caryatid, would be back where they belong. That would happen if people like Teresa May had as much integrity as she preaches.