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Misfired Hamas Rocket Kills 10 Children-

Original post made by Hamas Tries to Blame Israel, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 24, 2014


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Lynne Coates: Why Hamas are winning propaganda war in Gaza

THE resumption of hostilities between Hamas and Israel will, no doubt, result in more appalling scenes of carnage in Gaza. No right-minded person can fail to be affected by the tragic images of dead and injured children, graphically displayed on TV and in the press. Yet, as a photo-journalist, I question the veracity of the media coverage of this conflict.

The spectacle of throngs of international media, jostling for the most advantageous position to film and photograph injured or dead children, is both distasteful and disrespectful.

How do they know where to be and when, in order to capture those images, and how do they get there? Gaza is a theatre of war. Unless they know in advance where and when a bomb is going to fall, how can they be at the target site immediately after or, in some cases, before the attack takes place?

The answer has now been well-documented. Hamas deliberately fire rockets from populated areas, mosques, schools and hospitals, in the knowledge that Israel will respond to destroy the rocket launchers. Therefore, Hamas can direct the media to the location from which they have fired rockets, knowing full well the carnage that will follow.

By using this strategy, they manipulate the world’s press. This is how Hamas conduct their war. It is the duty of journalists to witness and report factual information, and to be fair and accurate. How can they report fairly when they are led by events that are clearly orchestrated for their benefit?

Indian television channel NDTV filmed Hamas firing rockets into Israel from a populated residential area next to their hotel. They are to be commended for their courage and for getting that film aired on TV. After they had safely left Gaza, the reporter, Jain Sreenivasan, wrote an article in which he asked: “How long do we self-censor because of the fear of personal safety,in return for not telling a story that exposes how those launching rockets are putting so many more lives at risk, while the rocket-makers themselves are at a safe distance?”

The FPA (Foreign Press Association) reported that many foreign journalists in Gaza have been harassed, threatened or questioned.

They also revealed that Hamas have put in place a “vetting” procedure that would allow for the blacklisting of specific journalists.

French-Palestinian journalist Radjaa Abou Dagga wrote in an article for French newspaper Libération about how he was “detained and interrogated” by members of Hamas’s al-Qassam Brigade in a room in Shifa hospital and was forced to leave Gaza immediately without his papers. Similarly, John Reed of the Financial Times was reportedly threatened after he tweeted about rockets being fired from the same hospital.

Gabriele Barbati, an Italian reporter, refuted the Hamas version of an incident which killed 10 children. According to Mr Barbati, a misfired Hamas rocket was responsible, and militants “rushed and cleared debris”. The Palestinian version of events, blaming Israel, was broadcast by all major media outlets. Mr Barbati’s version was suppressed. Journalists in Gaza are not allowed free access. They are herded around from bomb site to hospital, stage managed and directed.

Hamas ensures that reporters are exposed to maximum casualties by insisting interviews only take place in the courtyard of the Al-Shifa hospital. In some cases bomb sites are used to provide PR opportunities. Sudarsan Raghavan, of the Washington Post, described how he was taken to photograph a mosque that had been bombed and it was obvious that someone had “prepared” the scene by placing a prayer mat and burnt Koran pages, too perfectly, with obvious symbolism. It was easily spotted by a TV crew who filmed it.

Despite reports that Israel hit 1,678 rocket launching facilities, 191 weapons facilities, 977 command centres, and 32 tunnels, there was little footage of those facilities. Given the huge numbers of press in Gaza (an estimated 700) this exposes the prejudiced portrayal of the conflict. The tragedy is that the more complicit the media is with Hamas, the more that Hamas continues to sacrifice the lives of innocent civilians.

Hillary Clinton said in a recent interview that Gaza has been “effectively stage-managed” by Hamas, and that the PR battle is one that is historically tilted against Israel. Many of us are guilty of forming opinions based on sensational headlines, and no other country comes under such intense media attention as Israel. The relentless publication of graphic imagery from Gaza is having dire consequences for Jewish communities throughout Europe, with the exponential growth in anti-Semitic incidents.

However, it would be naïve to imagine that supporting Hamas in Gaza will only harm the Jews. Siding with one terrorist group will serve to empower others. Journalists in war zones have a greater moral responsibility, both to act as witness and to report with integrity and honesty. In the 21st century it is the media that has the ammunition to fight terrorism – let us hope they are brave enough to use it wisely.

* Lynne Coates is a Yorkshire-based photo-journalist who has worked in the Middle East on Palestinian/ Israeli co-existence peace projects.

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Posted by Why does every AP article show a picture blaming Israel
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

Even when the articles clearly show the target is Hamas rocket launchers,
the only picture seems to be of crying women or kids.

How about printing pictures of the damaged rocket launchers,
with the masked terrorists killed before they could run into a school or neighborhood?
Often the rockets not yet fired explode, and harm anyone near.

If AP is being manipulated, it's because they want to be.

Human shields: Hamas HeadQuarters is inside the main hospital.

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Posted by Too Many Gaza Residents support Hamas
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 10:30 am

These are the same people who danced in the streets after the Twin Towers were hit by airplanes hijacked by arabs, and 3000 plus innocent civilians who were just going to work were killed.

Hamas keeps them in line with threats and terror, and tries to get them to stay and be injured when Hamas uses their neighborhood as a rocket launching site.

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Posted by No racism here, honest
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 24, 2014 at 10:51 am

"hijacked by arabs?"

then jews in germany were killed by whites?

and Oklahoma city bombing was caused by whites?

yep, good thinkin'. no racism here.

oh, and 2007-2008 meltdown was caused by jew bankers, right?

please go away.

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Posted by Former Supporter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 24, 2014 at 11:42 am

A pox on both their houses.

Hamas is a tiny, hateful minority. And to call what Israel is doing self-defense is like saying that drag racing is really defensive driving.

They've both lost me -- it's not working and it needs to stop.

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Posted by "hijacked by arabs?"
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:48 am

Dear No Racism-

You are right.
Not all Arabs are terrorists, even those that support them.

The statement should have read:
"These are the same people who danced in the streets after the Twin Towers were hit by airplanes hijacked by arab terrorists, and 3000 plus innocent civilians who were just going to work were killed."

Oh, and the same kind of Terrorists have hijacked the Religion of Peace.

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Posted by No racism here, honest; and no religious militancy either
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2014 at 9:52 am

Oh, okay. Kinna like how Americans watched on tv with proud patriotism when US military invaded Iraq, bombing innocents along the way. You know, doing militant Americanism and Christianity, the religion that cultivates Christian soldiers who worship a genocidal god who turns cities into salt and floods the earth because certain human beings offend him.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Dear racist, you are so right (but not in the good way). The Congress voted to go into Iraq to remove the dictator who was gassing Kurds by the thousands. But, why get involved in yet another humanitarian mission, kinda like that one Obama is messing with in Iraq where religious minorities are being slaughtered. Nope, let em all die because they aren't american atheists or religious bigots like you.

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Posted by No racism here, honest
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Someone's forgetting about how George W. Bush lied to Congress in order to get their support for his unjust war. That there remain idiots among us who forget/deny the truth of US massacre of thousands of Iraqi innocents speak to the power of religion. The same buffoon would probably attempt to argue that god did not commit genocide when he turned a city into salt or when he covered the world in a great deluge, saving only Noah and all the animals.

Had gassed v. was gassing. A rather huge distinction, as it turned out, though lost upon Mr. Scrambled Eggs.

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Do you people really care about what goes on in Israel or Gaza?

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Posted by Mr. AFSPC
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Not me, or at least not as much as puppies.

It's like the Ferguson fiasco, too. Sometimes I think the PW Forum is turning into a Black Studies Program. But I digress. Puppies are more important. They don't make me feel insecure.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Racist, thanks again for your prescient insight. I had forgotten how easily the Congress was fooled and how they ignored the pleas of bleating atheists across the country. I'm certain that all you anti religious zealots would last about an hour in Iraq, so maybe you should just get a grip and own the problems you think you have no responsibility for.

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Posted by No racism, honest. Just scrambled eggs.
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm


Wish I could thank you for providing us with some insight, but of course you'd have to provide some basis for such.

G.W. Bush controlled the information on Iraq and lied to Congress about it. Still, a good number of the Senate -- mostly Dems -- were skeptical and voted against waging the large-scale massacre that eventually took place.

I've made no claims about atheism, as you have wrongly attributed to me. Rather, I stated that BOTH Islam and Christianity (and its Judeo beginnings) are violent religions. I would invite the "god" of neither religion to break bread at my family residence.

I forgive you your misreading, as it has become well established that your reading and comprehension skills are sorely lacking.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 26, 2014 at 8:15 pm

The fighting has clearly had tragic consequences.

I remain hopeful that there will be a period of peace so that people can recover somewhat from that they have suffered. The human suffering enormous.

May there someday be a lasting peace.

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Posted by If Hamas and Fatah would Stop Fighting
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 27, 2014 at 1:33 pm

If Hamas and Fatah would Stop Fighting, there would be peace.

If the Israelis stopped fighting, they'd all be murdered,
and the Arab Terrorists would continue to fight among themselves.

Here's an article about the latest ceasefire:

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and how the Arabs hope to get over $5 million for "reconstruction."

This is the 10th cease-fire in the latest military confrontation between Israel and Hamas.

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Posted by Not fooling me
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 27, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Yep, if only Hamas and Fatah would lay down their arms, then Israel would give back the lands it has taken, the settlements it occupies, and it would tear down the walls and fences it has constructed to create an apartheid order. Yep, if only those pesky Hamas and Fatah types would adjust to the magnanimity of Israeli occupation. Duh!!!! Why didn't I think of that before?????

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Posted by Israel already gave away Gaza
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:35 am

This was to pay for peace.
But the arabs don't want responsibility, free reign and their own government.
They want it all From the River to the Sea.

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There is joke that illustrates the absurdity of it all.
“The Prime Minister of Israel sits down with Chairman Arafat at the beginning of negotiations regarding the resolution of the conflict. The Prime Minister requests that he be allowed to begin with a story. Arafat replies, “Of course.”

The Prime Minister begins his story: “Years before the Israelites came to the Promised Land and settled here, Moses led them for 40 years through the desert. The Israelites began complaining that they were thirsty and, lo and behold, a miracle occurred and a stream appeared before them. They drank their fill and then decided to take advantage of the stream to do some bathing -- including Moses. When Moses came out of the water, he found that all his clothing was missing.

“Who took my clothes?” Moses asked those around him.

“It was the Palestinians,” replied the Israelites--

“Wait a minute,” immediately Arafat stood up and loudly objected, that is absurd how can you blame this on them, “there were no Palestinians during the time of Moses!”

“All right,” replied the Prime Minister, “Now that we've got that settled, let's begin our negotiations.”

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Posted by Not fooling me
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 28, 2014 at 9:56 am

Oh, ha ha ha ha. Why didn't I realize this? It's because of settlement (sort of) thousands of years ago that Israel is able to justify forceful land grabs, expanded settlements, an enduring apartheid regime, and kill rates at over 100 to 1 against those who pose an obstacle. Ha ha ha. Too funny. Really.

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Posted by liberalism is a disease
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 28, 2014 at 12:25 pm

liberalism is a disease is a registered user.

Yup, giving up Gaza was certainly the land grab the terrorists were looking for.

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Posted by Not fooling me
a resident of Foothill Farms
on Aug 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Sorry, Scrambled Eggs, but Israel did not give away Gaza. Wrong again. As per usual, you are very confused -- a serious affliction -- especially when you so frequently purport to assert something. This must end our discussion, as I might find greater intellectual challenge from an ant.

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Posted by The Reasons the Hamas Rocket killed 10 children
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 28, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Two Reasons the Hamas rocket killed 10 children:
1. They were firing it from near the children.
Maybe a school, or a residential neighborhood- trying to use the children as human shields,
or more concerned with publicity that the children's very lives.
Then, when it blew up, they tried to blame the tragic results of their own actions on the Israelis.
2. They lack competence. It blew up because something went wrong.
Handled wrong or badly made.

Then Not Fooling- who may just be a fool - says
well they are so incompetent that their rockets are not effective,
and blames Israel for killing 100 to one.
Believe me, If they could they'd have more effective rockets.
He thinks it should be proportional! That would be fairer?
Killing innocents with rocket is not fair, even if you are not good at it.

These are the same people who convinced young men (and some ladies) that 76 virgins await them if they put on explosives and blow up school and commuter buses.
That's why there's a border fence- and it works.
And how is that fair to the 76 Virgins?
Is that proportional?

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Posted by Don't bother "Fool" with the facts
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

His mind is made up.

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