Monday, June 12, 2006

Media Watch-Deaths In Gaza

1) Reuters:
Hamas fired rockets at Israel on Saturday, formally ending a 16-month-old truce, after seven Palestinians on a Gaza beach were killed by Israeli shelling.
Reuters definitively states that it was Israeli shelling that killed Palestinians, even though later in the article, the certainty of this statement is questioned. Of course, this serves to place blame on Israel for the act, as well as for the end of a non-existent Hamas truce.

2) AFP:
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed regret over the death of eight Palestinian civilians who were killed by shelling of a beach in the northern
Gaza Strip.
3) AP: Continue to blame Israel first, but later on, you see that more doubts are emerging.
Pounding on the sand, Houda Ghalia shrieked for her father after he was killed with five of her siblings at a seaside picnic by what Palestinians said was an Israeli shell.
Israel expressed regret Saturday for the killing of eight civilians, but stopped short of taking responsibility, saying an investigation was under way.

Israel's military chief said the killings may have resulted from a misfired Palestinian rocket. Palestinians insisted they were caused by an Israeli artillery shell.
4) Jerusalem Post:
The IDF probe investigating the deaths of seven Palestinian civilians, caused by an explosion on a beach in Gaza on Friday evening, concluded that chances were slim that the accident was caused by IDF shelling.
Aha. This article also presents evidence to support this conclusion. The claims in the other articles were based on hearsay and supposition.

Is this just bad journalism is it anti-Israel bias? Well, one other line from the AP article supports the latter:
Israel often fires artillery at Gaza, responding to Palestinian militants who launch homemade rockets at Israeli towns and villages.
Israel targets the terrorists who are responsible for firing rockets indiscriminately into civilian areas. However, is seems that AP wants you to think that Israel's anti-terror attacks are no different, and are not targeted any differently than Palestinian terror attacks.

As this story continues to develop, we'll see whether the wire services issue updates.

Update: The media is reporting the Israeli side of the story, although not is as much detail as the Jerusalem Post (link above).

LGF has more.

Update: Here is an excellent analysis from neo-neocon.