Tuesday 11 July 2006 5.48pm
jackie rokotnitz wrote:
The famous story about the poor family on the beach who got blown up made very good press. Everyone saw the pictures of the poor people having their picnic and getting shelled by the wicked Israelis....except that actually what happened was that they trod on one of their OWN shells, planted by their OWN militants - only that bit didnt hit the news because it was a few days later that it was discovered and by that time people were more interested in something else.
To be fair Jackie that is just the Israeli army's own conclusions, hotly disputed by nearly all other groups there.
(And to be fair, that conclusion doesn't stack up with me either - are Hamas really mining beaches in Gaza to protect against a sea invasion?! Can an entire family have set off and been killed by one mine? Was it not a terrible coincidence that the mine went off at almost the same time the Israeli army was shelling nearby? And why cant the Israeli army account for the sixth shell? I have been in London all summer and know nothing about what actually happened but I certainly find it difficult to believe the Israeli army version of this incident over the more plausible version first reported.)
I agree with much of the rest of your post though - perhaps not the tone but as I dont spend much of my life in Israel it is obviously easier for me to be detached about it.
I do get tired of the fairly biased anti-Israeli coverage of the issue we seem to get here (as I perceive it) and indeed the over-saturation of the media coverage of the whole situation in comparison to everything else that is going on in the world. Everyone it seems has strongly held opinions on this conflict and it is very rarely discussed in a civilised and balanced way.