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Anatomy of a Palestinian Funeral

Palestinians carry the body of Msoud Suboh during his funeral in northern Gaza Strip May 2, 2007. A Palestinian man was shot dead in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday in what Palestinian emergency workers described as a brief Israeli raid near the border fence. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa (GAZA)


Here's yet another instance of what I like to call "selective" truth:—We're presented initially, via our intrepid (by which I mean "totally uninquisitive") photographers, with news that a man was found dead, shot somewhere in the Gaza Strip. This, as far as anyone can tell, is true. Cue: crocodile tears.

We're also told, via captional inference, that the Israelis are being blamed for this shooting. Hello, conjecture.

Finally, we're told that, according to Israeli records, no soldiers were in the area at the time. Enter, truth.

This type of thing happens far more often than you'd ever think, yet time and time again, the press falls for the immediate blame-da-JEWSism spewed at them by the hostile locals and repeats the claims unquestioned. And time and time again, when the facts come in, the inital storyline is almost always shown to be false.

Are the collective press acting as ignorant dupes, merely parroting what they're told by "local" sources? If so, why do we even bother having a press, since they can't be trusted to report information that is, well, factual.

If they're not ignorant dupes, then the only other option I can think of is far worse:—Are they actively involved in trying to find stories that they can use to smear Israel?

Check out the extended article to see the evolution of the captions surrounding this story. By my count, the press continues to fall farther and farther into the latter category each passing day.

First, the Fraud
The initial reports of these types killings blame the EVIL ZIONISTS. Always.

A Palestinian relative of Msoud Suboh reacts during his funeral in northern Gaza Strip May 2, 2007. A Palestinian man was shot dead in the northern Gaza Strip on Wednesday in what Palestinian emergency workers described as a brief Israeli raid near the border fence. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah (GAZA)




And now
... the truth starts to surface:



Palestinian mourners carry the body of Masoud Sabouh during his funeral in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Sabouh was found shot dead in an out of bounds area in northern Gaza close to the border with Israel Wednesday, Palestinian officials said. Israeli army officials said troops were not operating in the area at the time. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)


Now, notice the following photograph (with my apologies for the graphic content):

An automatic rifle sits next to the body of Masoud Sabouh in the morgue of Kamal Edwan hospital in Beit Lahiya, in the northern Gaza Strip, Wednesday, May 2, 2007. Sabouh was found shot dead in an out of bounds area in northern Gaza close to the border with Israel Wednesday, Palestinian officials said. Israeli army officials said troops were not operating in the area at the time. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)


Notice the "automatic rifle?" Notice how Adel Hana sees no need to find out whose rifle it is, and where it came from? (You know, ye olde standard investigative questions?)

With the evidence I can see from here, I'm willing to bet that this man was out shooting his guns in the "out of bounds area," most likely with other men. And, what most likely happened from there is that someone shot him—accidentally, "accidentally," or otherwise—and then fled the scene, leading him to be discovered (or "discovered") and subsequently paraded in front of the infinite cameras as another ZIONIST CASUALTY.

Nevermind that there's no truth in the parading masses, or in the story presented by their photographic supporters. It's clearly more important for the press to tar and feather the Israeli nation (which, incidentally, is literally under fire from every imaginable direction) for crimes which it did not commit.

The press continues to be a shame to us all.

I'm sure that the IDF is, in the continued tradition of honourable institutions, conducting an internal investigation into this affair as we speak. If any new facts come to light that confirm (or, alternately, disprove) the suppositions I've just shared with you, I'll be sure to post them here.

 Tags: adel hana ibraheem abu mustafa ismael zaydah khalil hamra AP REUTERS Intifada


Comments:

#1 Robert B. Steely, MSgt, USAF 04-May-2007
Of course they will continue to do this since no one cares!The MSM isn't going to out their own for goodness sakes. "What does it matter that we're lying about what's going on in "Palestine" we hate Israel."Another "mistake" caught. Great analysis
#2 daniel 01-Jun-2007
I don't see how a guy lying dead next to a rifle is proof he was accidentally shot. The Israeli army might have shot him from a distance, the information given to the press might not be accurate. There is no way to tell. He could also be a victim of the Palestinian civil war. You just don't know.

It does appears he was a militant, so he is probably enjoying his virgins. Good for him, may he be joined by many others.

Gotto be tough, being a working girl in paradise.
#3 Brian C. Ledbetter 01-Jun-2007
Daniel,

Of course you are correct - We have no way of knowing definitively what happened to the man in the morgue.

Why is that, do you suppose?

Personally, I think the world would be better off if the press would be as skeptical of claims brought to it by the "oppressed" Palestinian people as it is anything said by the Israeli army.

If the press were to do more actual "fact-checking" in the Middle East, I'd suspect that we'd have a greater chance of understanding the truth behind scenes like this...

Many thanks for your thoughtful comments! I hope you stick around to keep sharing your insights with us!

Respectfully yours,
Brian
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