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Israel Fact Book: Israel Created Hamas, Uses Children as Human Shields, and Uses Snipers to Kill Teens in Cold Blood

Hamas Was Created by the Israeli Government

Palestinian children being used as human shields by the Israeli Army. (Screen capture  from YouTube video)
Palestinian children being used as human shields by the Israeli Army. (Screen capture
from YouTube video)
By Ronald David Jackson
We all watch as Israel bombards Gaza with 'precision' weapons that kill mostly women, children, and those unfortunate enough to be found near mosques, clinics, or in coffee shops.  Big media* tells us that the air, land and see bombardment is Israel's "response" to rockets fired by "that big bad terrorist organization" called Hamas. But big media doesn't bother to remind us that Hamas was created by the Israeli government. Even the Wall Street Journal is willing to publish that fact in an article in which one of the conspirators called Israel's creation of Hamas "an enormous, stupid mistake." 

Once every several years a big media outlet might remind us about the role of Israel in creating Hamas. That's brainwashing via lying by omission. The lie is based on the cover up of the fact that Israel created and supported Hamas in the first place — to weaken Yasser Arafat. Israel wanted a more militant, fundamentalist, and younger movement which could draw members away from  Arafat's older, more established organization and sabotage the peace process. The Israeli plotters got what they wanted. But, as usual, the "Frankenstein Monster" got out of control. Or did it?  Hamas is now a "convenient" organization that Israel can bully and blame for its own failings, use as an excuse to bomb, blockade and starve off Gaza, use to garner sympathy, and use to unify its people behind a cabal of racist, right-wing leaders (by giving Hamas no other choice but to fire rockets). And it all works very well.  As long as you don't remind everyone that Israel created Hamas in the first place.

Israel Cynically Used the Kidnapping of Israeli Teens To Trigger a Dispute With Hamas

Big media's narrative on how the rocket firing by Hama got started in the first place is more lying by omission.  Big media won't remind us that before Hamas started firing rockets, Israel had arrested hundreds of Palestinians, killed and brutalized adults and children, and blew up the homes of Palestinian "suspects" without providing a shred of evidence proving a connection between any of those killed and arrested and the kidnapping of Jewish settlers. Big media forgets to remind us that Israeli snipers murdered two Palestinian teenagers—for no reason whatsoever—weeks before the kidnapping of the Israel settlers.

Israeli snipers kill two Palestinian
teens in cold blood
(May 15th, 2014)

Warning, Graphic: Viewer discretion advised.

Big media "forgets" to remind us that the Israeli government knew the kidnapped settlers were dead almost as soon as they were kidnapped, but that the Israeli government hid that fact and pretended to conduct operations geared toward finding the kidnapped teens "alive." By extension, big media fails to tell us that therefore the Israeli government used the kidnapping as an excuse to turn the lives of ordinary Palestinians upside down, all in an effort to break the recent rapprochement of Hamas with the Palestinian Authority. 

Big media offers us virtually no commentary on the murder of a Hamas leader and his entire immediate family.  Big media won't ask the question, "Suppose Hamas dropped a bomb in Tel Aviv in an attack on an Israeli military commander and killed the commander and his entire family?"  Big media won't pose such questions for us, rendering their entire "Israel as victim, Hamas as villain" scenario just one more lie passed off as "balanced" news coverage. Lying by omission.

Big Media's "Coverage" of the "Iran Atomic Bomb Threat" is Another Lie by Omission

Big media publishes phony estimates of "how many more months before Iran will be capable of producing an atomic weapon" without reminding us that Israel already has hundreds of atomic weapons. The West has demanded—and achieved—inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities, and negotiations to limit Iran's ability to produce atomic weapons.  Meanwhile, Israel hasn't had a single inspection, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Iran is), and hasn't agreed to negotiate a damn thing with anybody regarding its nuclear arsenal.  In fact, Iran has signed treaties forsaking the possession of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons.  Israel has not. Underlying this particular super lie is the "special treatment" big media doesn't want to admit Israel gets from big media. A big media which constantly reminds us of the "big threat" of Iran's atomic bomb potential while saying nothing about the reality of Israel's hundreds of A-bombs. Thus the scenario of big media's "Iran is the nuclear threat and Israel is under nuclear threat" is yet another big lie by omission.

How Was Gaza Created in the First Place? Big Media Doesn't Like to Talk About it

An unidentified inspector from the International Atomic Energy  Agency examinesequipment at the Natanz facility in Iran in  January, 2014.
An unidentified inspector from the International Atomic Energy
Agency examines equipment at the Natanz facility in Iran in
January, 2014. (Screen shot from YouTube video)

Another lie by omission is the (lack of) coverage of how Gaza was created in the first place.  Big media will seldom say. But here and there we can find a few brave and honest souls, like Robert Fisk, who will remind us:

"[N]ow the Palestinians are getting their comeuppance. Sure. But wait, how come all those Palestinians – all 1.5 million – are crammed into Gaza in the first place? Well, their families once lived, didn’t they, in what is now called Israel? And got chucked out – or fled for their lives – when the Israeli state was created.

Palestinian loss of land: 1946-2010
(click image to see full-sized image)
"And – a drawing in of breath is now perhaps required – the people who lived in Sederot in early 1948 were not Israelis, but Palestinian Arabs. Their village was called Huj. Nor were they enemies of Israel. Two years earlier, these same Arabs had actually hidden Jewish Haganah fighters from the British Army. But when the Israeli army turned up at Huj on 31 May 1948, they expelled all the Arab villagers – to the Gaza Strip! Refugees, they became. David Ben Gurion (Israel’s first Prime Minister) called it an “unjust and unjustified action”. Too bad. The Palestinians of Huj were never allowed back."

Israel Uses Human Shields Too

When Israeli aerial and naval bombardment, tank assaults, ground attacks, and drone assassinations result in the death of civilians big media is more than willing to explain how Hamas embeds its military facilities near civilians and runs military ("terrorist") operations in civilian areas. The Israeli government and Western leaders are constantly accusing Hamas of using human shields. As if it was possible for Hamas to run its military facilities and operations anywhere else, given the fact Gaza's 1.5 million inhabitants are stuffed into a thin strip of land that totals a mere 139 square miles and is considered "one of most densely populated parts of the world."

At times, Palestinian civilians have acted as human shields to protect their homes and other buildings and volunteers from around the world have agreed to act as human shields to protect vital facilities in Gaza, like hospitals. Keep in mind these are volunteers, not people who are forced to act as human shields.

Video released by Israel's government show civilians acting as
human shields to protect buildings

While big media is quick to mention Hamas' alleged use of human shields, it doesn't tell us that there is actual footage of Israeli soldiers and police using Palestinians as human shields. In this case these are not volunteers but people—even children—who were forced to put their lives on the line to protect Israeli soldiers and police.

Israeli Army using Palestinian children as Human Shields


Israeli soldiers using Palestinians as Human Shields


Israeli police use cuffed teen as a Human Shield

The managers of big media know that if they were to show you Israel's use of human shields every time Israel accuses Hamas of using human shields - it would put an entirely different spin on the entire human shields debate. That's why big media doesn't show you the footage or mention Israel's proven use of human shields. And that's lying by omission.

*Big Media: Corporate media - the alphabet soup of American TV and radio (NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, Fox News) and major corporate websites, and newspapers.

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