Hidden truth in the Lebanon/Israel conflict

Israel Lebanon Syria JordanThe standard assumption in the news is that Hezbollah provoked Israel by crossing over the border and abducting two Israeli soldiers and that the subsequent bombings of Lebanon have been acts of self-defense.

This assumption is pure propaganda. Israel’s actions are those of an aggressor, not a defender. Take a look.

To fully understand what’s going on in Lebanon, it’s important to go back to the start of the present conflict. The vast majority of people will say it started on June 25th, when Hamas abducted an Israeli corporal. Soon after, Israel began strikes against Gaza. Then, a little more than a week ago, Hezbollah abducted two Israeli soldiers and the intense bombing came as a result.

What these reports leave out is an extremely important event that occured on June 24th. On that day, two people from Gaza were abducted by the Israeli Army. Israel claims they were terrorist plotters, while their neighbors in Gaza claim they were civilians – a doctor and his brother. Given bias on both sides, I think we can’t draw conclusions on that count. Keep in mind this is the day before Hamas abducts the Israeli corporal.

Now, from what I’ve read, barely anybody even knows that this abduction occured, which is extremely interesting since it occured in such close proximity to the other events and is at least comparable in news worthiness. And yet no mention outside of a few lines in newspapers (like here), and essentially nothing since. I’m not saying this event caused the capture of the Israeli corporal, but it clearly is the beginning of this stretch of violence and it seems like an awfully important event to leave out of the background, doesn’t it? Back to this in a second.

Without this information, we our left with the idea that Hamas started the present conflict and that Israel is exercising its right to self-defense (which, even if it were true, is grossly disproportionate). With it, it’s clear that Israel started the current wave of violence and is pursuing it backed by a false picture of what’s happened. In essence, the victim has been made into the enemy.

The media in this matter has been negligent to the point of being criminal. Let’s take the Washington Post, which seems to be a representative case. The Israeli abduction of the two people from Gaza is given exactly four sentences and, for all intents and purposes, has disappeared from newspapers since. However, Hamas’ abduction of Corporal Shalit merits 22 separate articles.

And that’s not all. Note the language used in the articles. The Israeli corporal is “kidnapped” and the soldiers a week ago are “abducted.” In contrast, look at the blurb about the captured Gazans – they are “arrested.”

Doesn’t make sense, does it? Why such a disparity? I believe this is simply another example of a prevailing bias (most likely subconscious at this point) in the Western media towards Israel when it comes to this occupation and the conflicts surrounding it. Otherwise, there is no logical reason to omit vital information like the Israeli “arrests.”

The result is that misinformed people have supported and justified Israel’s aggression against Lebanon, which has now caused the death of close to 200 civilians.

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12 Comments

  1. yeah, right…………

    over 600 kassam rocket attacks this year alone, and then firing from civilian areas……

    Israel should take all of these savages out, which is something we should have done decades ago

  2. Chris

    The point is that both sides are doing terrible things, but the media frames it as totally one sided. Why is it that Israel has a right to defend itself but not Palestine and Lebanon?

  3. Kavita

    I agree that the media should present both sides and hasn’t. And I also think the number of Lebanese civilians killed is atrocious. But you seem to have chosen a side despite saying you haven’t.

    “On that day, two Gaza citizens were abducted by the Israeli Army.”

    You say no conclusions can be made, but you apparently have made a conclusion. You call them citizens and say they were abducted. BTW “claim” is a loaded word and has connotations that whatever the “claim” is is false. Israel claims, but Gaza neighbors just say? Maybe they were citizens, maybe they weren’t. But it certainly seems by the words you use that you believe Israel wasn’t right to take those two people from Gaza and that THAT and not the Hezbollah kidnappings kicked off the conflict.

  4. Chris

    I personally feel that both sides are damned for their recent and past actions. But, at the same time, Israel is the side with the real power. The power to change things for better or worse.

    The media made a big deal about Israel leaving the Gaza Strip. Now, the same media is trotting that out to show that Israel giving up land will not bring peace. What they don’t tell you is that while they gave up the Gaza strip, they also took resource rich land from the West Bank. I’m sure the Palestinians enjoyed that.

    Aside from that, the Israelis enter Gaza and the West Bank with regularity and capture terrorists/citizens whatever. Then they put them in prison and don’t give them a trial. Now you know where we got the idea for Gitmo.

    Add to all that the severe bombing of civilian targets in Lebanon. For example, Israel blew up infrastructure needed to purify water.

    How are actions like these supposed to stop terrorism and not create it?

  5. Definitely interesting food for thought, but I doubt it’s enough to change anyone’s mind one way or another.

    And let’s be honest, if you want to find the beginning of the “stretch of violence” you should look at Israel being gang jumped on the second it was declared independent from Britain. It’s all been downhill since then.

    So don’t point fingers at Israel about not allowing peace. Their existence is what causes the conflict, not their willingness to bargain.

  6. Clint

    Kavita,

    You are right about the wording. It was biased, and I just changed it.

    “you believe Israel wasn’t right to take those two people from Gaza and that THAT and not the Hezbollah kidnappings kicked off the conflict.”

    I certainly do believe that. But, make no mistake, I’m not justifying abductions on either side. I’m simply trying to point out where the violence begins and show a fact that has essentially disappeared from the media.

    Cameron,

    Their willingness to bargain has been limited to deals where the terms are decidedly unfair in their favor, while other, more fair deals (a two-state settlement, for instance) have been repeatedly blocked by the US/Israel. And their existence wouldn’t be causing such problems had they not seen it necessary to murder tens of thousands of Palestinians over the years. But, regardless, I’d rather not argue back 50 years in history.

  7. Andrew

    It’s worth mentioning that Hezbollah threatened to do this years ago unless Isreal released Lebanese prisoners from jail. Given that, it’s unlikely that the recent capture of the two Palestineans instigated Hezbollah’s raid – it had probably been in the works for a while.

  8. Chris

    But it does seem foolish to say that these recent attacks from Hamaz and Hezbollah were unprovoked. Neither side is sitting around just knitting socks.

  9. Eriko B.

    hmmm…”disproportionate”? does that mean that if MORE israelis died, that it’d be more fair? that’s retarded.

    let’s not forget that if hezbollah and hamas stopped firing rockets AT CIVILIANS (!), that Israel would not be holding these incursions/bombings. I’m proud for what Israel is doing. They are surrounded by 60,000,000 Arabs yet refuse to allow her borders to be bombed by islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups.

    I feel sorry for the Arabs that are caught-in the crossfire, but shame on the rest of them for supporting these terrorists instead of supporting the west and receiving economic aid in return (which will push them into the future).

  10. Ken

    The violence began the day Israel was created and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes. The violence began when Israel continues its illigal occupation of Palestine. The violence began when Israel occupied Lebanon and the violence continues becouse Israel still continues its illigal occupation of Arab land. Israel holds thousands of Arab people for years in jails without trial and the Arabs are fed up with this, it is their right to defend themselvs against Israeli terror.

  11. Clint

    [quote comment="458"]The violence began the day Israel was created and hundreds of thousands of Palestinians lost their homes. The violence began when Israel continues its illigal occupation of Palestine. The violence began when Israel occupied Lebanon and the violence continues becouse Israel still continues its illigal occupation of Arab land. Israel holds thousands of Arab people for years in jails without trial and the Arabs are fed up with this, it is their right to defend themselvs against Israeli terror.[/quote]

    Spot on. And you bring up a very good point — Israel is holding thousands of Arabs in jail with little to no legal rights. That fact is scarcely known or reported on in the US.

  12. Mike

    your all retarded. UK took advantage of a weak people and a weak “terrtiory”, and put a people there, when they shouldn’t have. all the arabs want is their backyards not to be inhabited by someone else, not economic aid. and i wouldnt even call it economic aid, its mkore like a license to kill and expand modern day borders, with the help of US artillery. Israel is playing the US like an instrument, using our war on terror to fight their enemies. I dont feel sorry for muslims or the jews as much as i do for americans, and this country. What once was a superpower, is now a a servent of Israel, and while we take one side, we get attacked by the other. And iof we took the arab side, we will get attacked by Israelis. Attacked how you ask? through media, music, advertising, banking, and whatever white collar business can be taken advantage of; the INFLUENCE of others. I cant stand muslim militants, or our modern day terrorists. I cant stand israelis, our white collar terrorists. instead of worrying about them, we should be worrying about our borders, and be thankful that the muslim groups cant get their stuff together, because we would be at their mercy.

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