Saturday, December 31, 2005

Media Watch-Reuters

At first, it was the headline that caught my eye: "Israel kills two Palestinian militants as truce ends".

That's a load of disinformation in one headline. If you were not well-informed, you might think that Israel broke a truce, and took aggressive (rather than defensive) action against Palestinians.
Israeli artillery fire killed two Palestinian militants in Gaza on Saturday after rocket attacks were launched from the area, Palestinian security sources said, as a truce declared by militant groups drew to a close.
Okay, the Israelis were responding to an attack. Still, the ending of the "truce" is still not germane to this story, since rocket attacks from Gaza have been taking place for quite some time. Whatever.

Reading on, I came to a bigger load of disinformation:
Israel has demanded that Abbas disarm gunmen as a condition to renewing a "road map" peace plan.
This is a popular practice of the media; claiming that Israel is making demands of the Palestinians. Here is part of Phase I of the "road map" peace plan:
Palestinians declare an unequivocal end to violence and terrorism and undertake visible efforts on the ground to arrest, disrupt, and restrain individuals and groups conducting and planning violent attacks on Israelis anywhere.
Rebuilt and refocused Palestinian Authority security apparatus begins sustained, targeted, and effective operations aimed at confronting all those engaged in terror and dismantlement of terrorist capabilities and infrastructure. This includes commencing confiscation of illegal weapons and consolidation of security authority, free of association with terror and corruption.
Looking at the facts, it is obvious that the Palestinians are not living up to their first obligation under the "road map" peace plan. Is it asking too much to expect news articles to be accurate and objective?