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British media blame Israel for Gaza’s economic woes. Gazans blame Hamas and the PA

British media reports about economic problems in Gaza are as predictable as they are ubiquitous, with most outlets attributing the Palestinian controlled territory’s poverty – and the slow pace of reconstruction – solely to Israel’s “crippling blockade”.  We’ve often noted that this myopic Israel-centered explanation denies Palestinian agency, and conflates the true cause of Gaza’s woes (Hamas’s decision to use scarce resources to import weaponry, produce rockets, build attack tunnels and launch terror) with the effect of that decision (the Israeli and Egyptian blockade).

This narrative has been woven into coverage of the weekly border riots known as The Great Return March. Despite the fact that stated goals of the Hamas organised violence is to achieve the Palestinian ‘right of return’ to Israel, more often than not reporters tell news consumers that the unrest is driven in large measure by opposition to Israel’s blockade.

The following paragraph, in a Sept. 29th Guardian report on two Palestinians killed during “protests”, is typical:

Palestinians have protested weekly since 30 March in what they call the “Great March of Return”, demanding that Arabs who fled or were expelled around the time of Israel’s creation in 1948 to be allowed to return to their homes. Demonstrators have also focused on a crippling decade-long Israeli-Egyptian blockade that has trapped much of the strip’s population and devastated its economy.

Well, it turns out that the Guardian reporter’s failure to even mention Hamas’s role in Gaza’s ‘devastated economy’ would likely elicit criticism by a majority of Gazans, according to a new poll released by Bethlehem-based Palestine Center for Public Opinion. 

Here’s the relevant section from The Washington Institute’s report on the new poll:

Asked who is most responsible for the slow pace of reconstruction in their area, the majority pick either Hamas (32 percent) or the Palestinian Authority (22 percent)—compared with just 27 percent who single out Israel. The UN and “no opinion” each get 8 percent of the vote for most at fault. Surprisingly, Egypt is last on this list of perceived villains, with a mere 3 percent.

These counterintuitive findings offer a rare honest glimpse into what Palestinians living under Hamas’s despotic rule actually believe, providing a compelling corrective to an entrenched media echo-chamber which continues to grossly mislead readers about the true root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 

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  1. British media are blatantly dishonest when it comes to Israel.

    They have allowed their sympathy for the weaker side to dominate their attitudes, convincing the Palestinians that suffering is praiseworthy in itself, reinforcing their reluctance to make peace with Israel since it would reduce their pathos quotient

    The media have thus omitted to report murders of Israelis by Palestinian terrorists, most of the frightening barrages of rockets on Israeli civilians and consequent damage and the huge losses of crops and forestry as a result of the ecoterrorism.

  2. All Media is complicit in the dumbing down of their audience when it comes to Israel. I see the numbers. There are well over 1 billion people on this planet who blame Israel entirely for the Middle East. When the Media depends on reach to make their money, they will go for this low hanging fruit.

    The irony, of course, is that one “reason” why Jews are hated so much by the “masses” is that we “control” the Media and “make a lot of money.”

    Nothing here is new. Dickens and Shakespeare would, more than likely, support the Palestinians in their crusade. Thankfully, we’d have Mark Twain on our side.

      • Poor Crazy Eddie… Forced to read my material and think about it long enough to hit Reply and leave a one liner golden shower of ignorance. Hey Eddie…. There’s a bunch of starving kids walking with their parents up from Honduras… Maybe you should avoid the Internet and batten down your hatches?

        • Widespread famine in Honduras? Who knew?
          Thousands upon thousands of little starving children, nothing but skin and bone, and they’re waiting to cross the famous U.S./Honduran border for some food! Oh, the cruelty!

    • I agree with everything you stated, except the speculation about Shakespeare —as a playwright, he created characters of depths and contradictions. Most relevantly here, Shylock has lines advocating religious equality that humanize his character far beyond the negative stereotype of a moneylender. That said, the play The Merchant of Venice is still of its times, and limited by the role of Jews in the Britain of that era, as well as the centuries long battles between Christians and Jews over religious dogma. At least you did indicate that it was only “likely,” in your opinion, that Shakespeare would have a rather crudely biased agreement with the usual media lies and distortions of our era.
      That said, the mass media is inexcusably biased against the State of Israel, as Adam’s rebuttals and justified complaints have proved for years. It simply is not a controversial statement any longer that this is the case, after his repeated successes requiring that various claims in articles or photo captions or opinion pieces be edited or even retracted altogether.

      • I’ve never been a fan of Shakespeare, but I remember thinking as a kid that naming a character Shylock the Jew was a bit weird. Then I was picked in class to read the part, and I really didn’t like it. The speech was…. whatever. Fit for an audience at that time. To me, the character has stuck more than the humanity Shakespeare tried to establish.

        • Yeah I see what you mean. Btw we used to rush out of class after school to turn on a transistor radio (in Des Moines,Iowa) to hear the World Series when Koufax was pitching, that has stuck with me, obviously a much more enjoyable experience. Shalom.

          • Because you’re a proper woman who likes Shakespeare as all proper people do, or as a drunk hag on a message board who can’t think of anything better to say about a comment that means very little outside of the context of the conversation you were not a part of?

            I’m going with the latter.

  3. I wonder how they are going to blame Israel for the fact that the Islamofascist colonists in Gaza, Judea and Samaria have a HIGHER standard of living than most Islamofascist colonists in Muslim regimes