Exchange of Projectiles?

Dan Sanchez, July 11, 2014

Numerous headlines in mainstream American coverage of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip feature language about Israelis and Palestinians “exchanging rocket fire,” which conveys to the American public the sense that it is a matter of a “battle” between two neighboring “powers,” instead of the bombardment of an occupied territory; as if there was any kind of equivalence between the 400 tons of explosives that have rained down from Israeli jet planes, and the primitive, unguided rockets being lobbed from Gaza. The former has, in just a few days already killed over 100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and including at least 13 children. The latter has resulted in zero Israeli deaths, and only 7 injuries.

It’s rather like a scrum of cops assaulting a prostrate man with batons and tasers, and the media calling that a “fight” instead of a beating, because the man, as he flailed about under the blows raining down on him, kicked the leg one of the cops.

The Palestinians aren’t allowed to leave; the Gaza Strip is a giant open-air prison camp. They have no air raid shelters or sirens. They are like fish in a barrel, being blasted by a shotgun from above. It’s like some of the fish in the barrel pathetically spitting water at the gunman, and calling that a “shooting battle.” Indeed one has to wonder, if the economic blockade and the destruction wrought upon the Palestinians were to reduce them to such penury that they no longer had enough materials for rockets, and were reduced to only throwing rocks while continuing to have 1-ton smart-bombs dropped on their houses, would the American mainstream media call the affair an “exchange of projectiles”?




24 Responses to “Exchange of Projectiles?”

  1. Thank you to Antiwar for being one of the only honest voices on all this in this stinking lie tank of a country.

  2. What an ugly, murderous and racist regime “israel” is. And what despicable cowards our media elites are for condoning and covering up the slow genocide of the of Palestinians that “israel” has herded into Gaza (the world’s largest open air concentration camp).

  3. So well said!

  4. Fish being shot in a barrel at least have a chance of being blasted free of the barrel. Those trapped inside the Gulag Gaza don't have even a slight chance. Tales of Brave Narcissus on this fine day would be a narrowly murderous narrative on Israeli war criminal genocide.

  5. And never a mention of how it is that Israel and the Palestinians come to be “in conflict” no word about over a century of Zionist aggression murder mass expulsion land and water theft dispossession creeping annexation violent military occupation by the 4th most powerful army in the world the vicious ongoing siege of Gaza. All we get is the standard hypocrisy the Palestinians must renounce violence-but not the Israelis-the Israelis have ” right to self defence”- but not the Palestinians that last not even correct an occupying power does not have a right to self defence in the occupied territories the occupied people DO have a right to violently oppose the occupation.

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  8. Well said, this type of genocide we are seeing will be displayed at a later time. When all the idiots in the world open their eyes.

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  15. Danny, Am I to understand that the NAP ceases to apply when the aggressor is less powerful than the victim? I must have missed it when Rothbard said that.

  16. after WW1 where jews were apparently given the right to this land. By who? what right does america have to give someone elses land?

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