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Using the power of gruesome images to swing American opinion
By Ray Hanania
The most disturbing aspect of Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip has been the killing of civilians. But the worst part is that Israel continues to insist it is not doing it on purpose, proposing the ridiculous assertion that fighters for Hamas are hiding behind civilian human shields.
Using the issue of “human shields” has made Israel’s multi-million public relations spin more palatable to Americans, whose minds have been numbed into submission to Israel’s misleading and exaggerated propaganda.
But the sheer brutality of Israel’s actions, which have taken the lives of more than 1,100 Palestinian civilians including more than 150 children including babies and infants.
Pro-Israel fanatics, like Alan Dershowitz, argue the death of the civilians and babies is not the fault of Israel, which fires missiles, mortars and high powered bullets, but rather is the fault of Hamas.
Dershowitz cites the “human shield” argument mimicking the official Israeli propaganda that Hamas is “storing weapons” in schools and mosques. Israel has a right to attack those schools and mosques, he asserts.
None of Israel’s claims can be verified because Israel’s military bans independent journalists from covering the conflict. They have already warned journalists that they could be killed and many have been killed, not by Hamas but by Israel. Instead, Israel embeds pro-Israel journalists who work for the government controlled Israeli media – Israel’s media is censored and restricted by politics and pressure. Most of the journalists are covering the conflict from the safety of Jerusalem bureaus, being hand-fed press releases from Israel’s government.
The leading Israeli newspaper is owned by American-Israeli gambling billionaire Sheldon Adelson who has tried repeatedly to undermine President Barack Obama. Adelson’s slanderous rag sheet, one of the largest circulated in Israel, has promoted the libel that Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are siding with the “terrorists.”
That false accusation has more power than the usual libel Israel’s government uses to defend their war crimes, which is to call someone “anti-Semitic.”
If Kerry and Obama continue on their tract of being fair and applying justice and international law, the Israeli government controlled media will soon by calling Obama and Kerry “anti-Semitic.”
Just wait and watch.
If Hamas fires a missile in response to Israel’s continued attacks, the Israelis claim the targets are civilians. Yet the Hamas rockets are so far less sophisticated than those used by Israel to murder Palestinian civilians. Hamas can’t control their rockets, but Israel can control their fire power. And they know when civilians are in buildings they are destroying. They know when children they kill are playing in parks or on beaches. They know when babies will be killed.
The fundamental fact in this inhumanity, is that Israel wanted this war. Israel wanted to fight Hamas. Israel wanted and provoked Hamas violence between January and June to reinforce its goal of preventing the creation of a Palestinian State.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu openly admitted recently that he opposes the creation of a Palestinian State. But he didn’t have to admit that. The truth is most intelligent people already knew that Netanyahu’s actions of inciting conflict and fueling animosity in the region was always intended to block the implementation of a Two-State solution.
Netanyahu’s plan in Gaza is clear. He doesn’t just want to destroy Hamas. He wants to inflict as much punishment on the civilians, the same way he inflicted punishment on the civilians of Beirut when Israel and Hezbollah fought in 2006.
If Israel can’t have Gaza, then the Palestinians can’t have it either. And when Netanyahu is done in Gaza, he will turn his hatred towards Palestinians in the West Bank where Israel is fortifying and expanding Jewish settlements.
Americans are numbed into a stupor of ignorance when it comes to Palestine. They have forgotten that Palestine is not the Promised Land for the Jewish people, but rather the land Jesus walked as the Son of God converting people to believe in God’s true message. Jews who believed in the message of Jesus became the first Christians, and those Christians helped build Christianity.
Netanyahu is tearing Christianity down as certainly as he is trying to destroy Hamas.
By sitting back silently and saying nothing as Israeli continues to massacre hundreds and thousands of civilians, including women and children, America is shedding its lost faith as the standard bearer for Christianity.
While American’s soak in the Israeli propaganda in silence, real Christians like Pope Francis are speaking out.
The Pope was in tears over the Israeli killing of babies and children, displaying the true face of Christianity, something sorely AWOL in America.
Palestinians must take those gruesome images of dead babies and shove them in the faces of Americans to wake them up so they can see what their billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to Israel are buying.
Israel may insinuate that Obama and Kerry are “anti-Israel,” but Americans can’t call themselves Christians, as long as they sit back in shameful silence and allow this Israeli-driven massacre to continue.
To find out more about Ray Hanania and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2014 CREATORS.COM
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
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Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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