One million invisible people.

As the sixth day of rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip upon one million civilians living in the south of Israel comes to a close, with a school (fortunately empty) hit today and a factory worker suffering injuries from shrapnel in his neck, it is interesting to note the images chosen by the Guardian in order to illustrate its somewhat sparse coverage of events. 

On Monday, June 18th, an article by AP on the subject of that morning’s terror attack, in which Haifa resident Said Phashpashe was killed, was illustrated using a photograph of Israeli soldiers manning a roadblock along the route upon which the incident occurred.

Israeli forces near Egyptian border

Harriet Sherwood’s article of June 20th was illustrated using a picture of a rocket which exploded in Israeli territory. 

Gaza rocket

June 21st saw another article by Harriet Sherwood which used an image of the funeral of one of the terrorists killed by Israel in Gaza. 

The funeral of Ghaleb Armilat, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike, takes place in Gaza

On June 22nd an article by Reuters was published without the use of an image. 

In other words, despite the fact that the Guardian keeps a permanent correspondent in Jerusalem, not one image of the Israeli civilians under attack has been seen by Guardian readers.

Is this a new phenomenon? Looking at the images used during the similar escalation of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip three months ago (March 9th to 14th) one notices that the pictures used were as follows. 

March 9th, 2012

Zuhair al-Qaissi

March 10th, 2012

Palestinian mourners carry the bodies of people killed in Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip

March 11th, 2012

A rocket is launched from the Israeli anti-missile system known as Iron Dome

March 11th, 2012

Video featuring an opening image of a mourning family in Gaza, the Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Defence and a Hamas spokesman. 

March 12th, 2012

Same video as above.

March 12th, 2012

Israeli air strike in Jabalya

March 12th, 2012

Same video as above. 

March 14th, 2012

Zuhair al-Qaissi

One million Israeli men, women, children and senior citizens – targeted by terrorists’ rockets on a regular basis for over a decade  – are invisible in the Guardian’s coverage of the Middle East. 

Those non-existent pictures speak volumes. 

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