Looking at a large number of articles from this latest conflict between Gaza and Israel I noticed that a large amount of reporting coming from British news organizations seemed heavily slanted against israel.
I was curious to find out why.
First, I thought it may have been due to the Church and it's official position of persecuting the jews for the past 1500 years, but this article puts another perspective on that.
In looking at the articles coming from those news organizations you see two types of images.
Israel: Images shown are of tanks, soldiers, APCs, or military movements.
Gaza: Images of children, wounded, dead, or crying.
Now, I was raised to be critical of everything but to me those articles just do not smell right.
I have never seen a picture of a Hamas fighter firing a rocket, mortar, or AK.
Clearly the rockets streaming overhead, dead israeli civilians from mortars, and dead israeli soldiers suggest someone over there has to have a gun.
Gaza is filled with reporters.
So why isn't there even a single photo of a gunman or rocket crew?
Article after article the "formula" is the same. Show israel military, show palestinian children.
Some British members here on the vine, whom I respected, turn out to be rabid anti-semites. Why?
Clearly you do not develop that level of hatred in a country known for it's "tolerance" without some form of outside influence.
The specter of anti-Semitism is stalking Britain. It is guilt-free and unrestrained by historical literacy. According to a recent survey, many British children believe Auschwitz is a brand of beer. Placards equating the swastika to the Star of David have become so common a feature at demonstrations that the linkage has become virtually common wisdom. The Holocaust is not so much something that happened, as something that is happening now—to Palestinians. With all the obstacles to ignorance presented by an informed understanding of the past now being smoothed away, the future is increasingly shaped in Britain by a politically tinged anti-Semitism that seeks to impose itself on national culture wherever possible and by whatever means available. This triumphalist movement’s fanciful but murderous perception of Jews has become one of those bad ideas whose bad consequences are everywhere on display in British society.
I think this is where the US varies from it's cousin across the pond.
The US, most of us that is, views israel as the only real democracy in the middle east.
They hold elections, there is peaceful transfer of power, and they have a legitimate government.
Gaza on the other hand held elections 8 years ago and hasn't had one since. Hamas, a known terrorist organization is currently the de facto government of Gaza.
This leaves me to wonder. At what point did Britain change to begin supporting terrorist groups over democratic countries? This is what this is really about.
If Scotland wanted to declare it's independence from Britain and did so by firing rockets into London, there is no doubt in my mind that Britain would monkey stomp the crap out of Scotland.
Why the double standards?