One of the benefits of our transition from focusing entirely on the Guardian to monitoring all UK media outlets is that we’re now better able to contextualize Israel related news reports and op-eds we analyze. Whilst the Guardian’s coverage still suffers from institutional anti-Israel bias, over the last several years we’ve noticed a slight but noticeable improvement.
We’ve also reached the conclusion that the Independent’s coverage is the worst out of all the major British media outlets we monitor.
Indeed, if you were to base your understanding of the summer 2014 war between Israel and Hamas solely on the Indy’s coverage, you’d almost be forgiven for believing that Israel just bombed Gaza for 51 days out of some sadistic impulse to inflict pain and suffering on the civilian population.
Context regarding rocket fire on Israeli towns and the use of human shields by a genocidal antisemitic movement known as Hamas was almost completely absent.
This brings us to the following tweet by the Independent (to their two million followers) on the latest incident in Gaza:
You might have missed it, but Israel bombed Gaza again https://t.co/EQErVKHtZY
— The Independent (@Independent) August 23, 2016
Most who saw the tweet wouldn’t have read the article, which actually is pretty clear that Israel was responding to rockets fired by Gaza terrorists, one of which landed between two houses in the southern city of Sderot. (The IDF’s response targeted dozens of military sites in Gaza, causing no fatalities.)
What makes the tweet especially noteworthy is that the actual headline (“Israel hits Gaza Strip with barrage of air strikes in response to rocket attack by Palestinian Islamist militants”) was fair and accurate.
The Indy staffer responsible for the tweet decided to editorialize – suggesting to the herd of independent thinkers who take their coverage of the region seriously, that Israeli leaders just bombed Gaza again for no particular reason.
The Indy tweet got it completely backwards. It was Gaza-based Palestinian terrorists who made the decision one day – for no reason other than their ongoing desire to annihilate Israel – to fire deadly projectiles into Israel in hopes of killing as many Jews as possible.
But, of course, a tweet by the Indy with the words “You may have missed it, but Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Jews again” would cast Jews as the victims and Palestinians as the perpetrators – a moral paradigm at odds with their secular faith in original and immutable Zionist sin.