Diaspora Jews and the media are getting it wrong on Gaza (again)

NEW YORK TIMES
Falling for Hamas’s Split-Screen Fallacy
by Matti Friedman
May 16, 2018

…Most Western viewers experienced these events through a visual storytelling tool: a split screen [the Embassy opening and the Gaza riots]…The attempts to breach the Gaza fence, which Palestinians call the March of Return, began in March and have the stated goal of erasing the border as a step toward erasing Israel. A central organizer, the Hamas leader Yehya Sinwar, exhorted participants on camera in Arabic to “tear out the hearts” of Israelis. But on Monday the enterprise was rebranded as a protest against the embassy opening, with which it was meticulously timed to coincide. READ MORE

ISRAEL BLOGGER Micha Mitch Danzig: Morally Challenged – American Jews Acting as Tuesday Morning Quarterbacks Unfortunately, after returning from Israel where I was inspired by the bravery, courage and sense of duty by most of the Israeli youth I met, I was immediately confronted by a barrage of social media regarding the results of the Hamas led onslaught this past Monday on Israel’s border with Gaza. This online commentary was mainly from American Jews criticizing Israel and the incredible young men and women of the IDF. 

GATESTONE Alan Dershowitz: Why Does the Media Keep Encouraging Hamas Violence? If this were the first time that Hamas deliberately provoked Israel into self-defense actions that resulted in the unintended deaths of Gaza civilians, the media could be excused for playing into the hands of Hamas.

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