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The media lies about Hamas’ Gaza violence


While the celebration of the opening of the American embassy was happening in Jerusalem, a long-promised violent Hamas protest was also happening. After the Hamas force defied repeated Israeli warnings not to rush the border fence area, IDF soldiers were forced to protect their country.

According to the Palestinian Authority, more than 58 were killed, and over 2,000 injured, a human sacrifice to Hamas terrorism.

Inventing a narrative, mainstream media blamed the violence on the embassy move or on the Trump administration and accused Israel of a disproportionate response.

The media lied about the Gaza violence to support their anti-Israel agenda. Not all mainstream media but most. Even Fox News had people like Shepard Smith talking about Israel’s disproportionate response, and reporter Judith Miller asking if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will ever compromise enough to give the “Palestinians” some hope.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough seemed to blame the Gaza Violence on Ivanka Trump.

“For the rest of the world you saw an administration, a White House, and — we’ll say it since Ivanka Trump was there — a family completely out of touch with the realities of the region that they’re dealing with,” Scarborough said. “You had a split screen of what looked like a VIP camp at the Belmont Stakes, and they just seem oblivious to what was going on not so far away,” Mika Brzezinski added. “They don’t care.”

Hillary Clinton sycophant Andrea Mitchell’s blamed an empowered Israel and President Trump’s announcement about the Iran deal.

“I’ve never seen anything like that,” she said. “Even the strongest supporters of Israel in administrations Republican and Democratic would at that point say, ‘Be proportional and be cautionary’.” Mitchell added: “There was no restraint. Israel is now so empowered because of the administration’s enmity with Iran that they now feel that they can do anything. It’s just to me appalling that we have no vision at all, we got nothing for it, no pullback on settlements. There’s no balancing act here.”

Generally, the media’s lies about the Gaza violence has surrounded seven points, including:

1) The New U.S. Embassy is in Palestinian territory. Wrong! Half of the new embassy is on the Israel side of the 1949 Armistice lines. The building crosses the Armistice lines but is not on the land the Palestinians claim as part of a Palestinian state — it passes into what used to be called “no-man’s land,” in-between the territory Israelis and Jordanians respectively held between 1948 and 1967. The particular location housed a U.S. consulate from 2010 until May 14, 2018, at which point it was dedicated as the new embassy. When it was a consulate, there were no complaints about its location.

 2) Israel does not believe in a two-state solution. Wrong! On June 14, 2009, four years after Israel pulled out of Gaza, and during a speech at Bar Ilan University, Netanyahu said: “In 2000 and again last year, Israel proposed an almost total withdrawal in exchange for an end to the conflict, and twice our offers were rejected. … And here is the substance that I now state clearly: If we receive this guarantee regarding demilitarization and Israel’s security needs, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, then we will be ready in a future peace agreement to reach a solution where a demilitarized Palestinian state exists alongside the Jewish state.”

Not only has Netanyahu recognized the need for a two-state solution, but every prime minister after Yitzhak Rabin has recognized the need for a two-state solution. Rabin was the last prime minister of Israel who did not support the creation of a Palestinian state. Days before he was assassinated, Rabin made a speech that called for “an entity which is less than a state and which will independently run the lives of the Palestinians under its authority.”

3) U.S. recognition of Jerusalem precludes a future Palestinian state from having a capital in Eastern Jerusalem. Wrong! The U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and to relocate its embassy is not a position on the final status of Jerusalem; neither is it a recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians claim for their future capital. Additionally, the official position of the U.S. is to support a two-state solution if that’s what the parties want.

As President Trump said in December 2017, “The United States remains deeply committed to helping facilitate a peace agreement that is acceptable to both sides. I intend to do everything in my power to help forge such an agreement. Without question, Jerusalem is one of the most sensitive issues in those talks. The United States would support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides.”

4) The U.S. Embassy ceremony incited the violent Palestinian protests. Wrong! Every year the Palestinians have protest marches on May 15 to commemorate the Nakba (catastrophe), what they call the creation of the state of Israel.

This year, Hamas called for weekly violent protests after Friday prayers each week beginning on March 30. Participants in each of the weekly riots were told to rush the border and gain entry into Israel. The biggest protests were supposed to happen on May 14 as an attempt to ruin Israel’s 70th-anniversary celebration and May 15 (their Nabka day). This “schedule” was announced long before the American announcement on Feb. 23 that the embassy opening would occur this May (many years head of previous predictions).

The day before the attack, Hamas posted instructions for the violence on two different Facebook pages and a Palestinian discussion group. The directions said in part: “Rebelling young people, treat seriously and do not take lightly the requests to bring a knife, dagger, or handgun, if you have one, and to leave them under your clothes and not use them or show them, except if you identify one of the [Israeli] soldiers or settlers. Do not kill Israeli civilians, instead hand them over to the resistance immediately, because this is the point that Israel fears, as it knows that the capturer can set any condition he wants.”

The instructions went on to explain how to rush the fence and that if any of their buddies were injured or killed they should be left on the ground as the focus should be on the fence.

5) Iran incited the violent Palestinian protests because of the U.S. leaving the JCPOA nuclear deal. Wrong. While Iran is paying for the string of violent protests during the past few weeks, their anti-Israel attacks have been ongoing since February when they sent a drone loaded with explosives from their base in Syria toward Israel. The week before the Palestinian attacks in Gaza, Iran sent 20 missiles at Israel and the Jewish state counterattacked.

6) The Palestinian protesters are peaceful and unarmed. WRONG. Along with guns, there are pictures of the Palestinian attackers using arson kites, rocks, burning tires, Molotov cocktails and other explosives.

7) All the violent Palestinian protesters who were killed were innocents. Wrong! Hamas admitted that 50 of the 62 were members of the terrorist organization; another terrorist group Islamic Jihad claimed three of the 52. 

The media isn’t reporting that Hamas exploited many of the non-terrorists as human shields. 

According to reports, destitute Gazans received $100 per family to approach and dismantle the security fence. Hamas threatened their recruits as well: either storm the fence or die.

Even the cause of the most tragic of deaths, that of an eight-month-old little girl, was misreported. As we learned later, “A Gaza doctor told the Associated Press that an eight-month-old girl who died, did not die from inhaling tear gas as Gaza’s Hamas-run Health Ministry had claimed, but from a preexisting medical condition.”

The death of or injury to any innocent is a tragedy. However, the blame for the misfortunes resulting from the violent Hamas-let protests of May 14 should be placed squarely on the shoulders of Hamas. Israel and IDF soldiers were protecting civilian communities, the closest of which, Nahal Oz, is only four-tenths of a mile from the scene of the riots at the Gaza fence.