The Ghost of Snapped Shot

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Consider me waiting as well

To summarize: Israel kills people. Palestinians kill things.
Verbal Caricature has posted an excellent article, in which he challenges the spineless wire services to present as many photographs of the latest grisly deaths in Sderot as they did of the completely preventable Beit Hanoun "massacre" in the Palestinian region.

Consider me to be waiting as well.

As I've documented in the past, the press is never interested in covering the suffering of Israelis, as it doesn't jibe with their pre-canned, completely idiotic "David vs. Goliath" storyline. Their simplistic presentation of the Arab/Israeli conflict doesn't contribute anything to resolving the issues between the two parties (not that I think it can be resolved peacefully at this point), but rather only contributes to inflaming the more radically violent elements in Arab societies.

I will be rounding up the only wire photos of the Sderot attack shortly. From what I've seen so far, the press is currently treating this as a clinical event, showing photos of the mangled rocket. I'll have more momentarily, got to run off to a meeting first.

Update: Back from the meeting, and noticed that Rusty is waiting, too. Any other bloggers out there waiting for impartial coverage? I do love his analysis, though:

It's only as you read the story that you realize that:

a) two terror organizations claim the attack
b) the attack deliberately targetted civilians, no apologies
c) one of the organizations is part of the ruling party of Palestine

When the Isralis hit civilians

a) it is usually on accident
b) sometimes it is because those civilians really aren't civilians, or they are acting as human shields for terrorists
c) in either case, the Israelis apologize

Equivocation.
Women at the scene following a rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot, November 15, 2006. (Dave Buimovitch/Reuters)


An Israeli police officer carries the remains of a homemade fired by Palestinian militants from the nearby Gaza Strip that hit a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2006. Palestinian militants kept up their attacks on southern Israel, firing homemade rockets lightly injuring one person, the army said, as Israeli helicopter gunships, tanks and ground troops tightened their grip Thursday on a northern Gaza town, killing an elderly civilian and two militants in Israel's biggest push in months to stop Palestinian rocket fire. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


An Israeli police sapper holds the remains of a missile fired from Gaza that landed in the southern Israeli town of Sderot November 2, 2006. Israeli forces backed by tanks killed four Palestinians in northern Gaza on Thursday, two of them civilians, medical officials said, as the army pressed on with one of its biggest operations in the strip in months. Although the army operation is aimed partly at halting rocket fire at the Jewish state from northern Gaza, militants launched four homemade missiles at the nearby Israeli border town of Sderot, wounding one person, medical officials said. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)

Still rounding up pictures. For the most part, the press has treated this as a mechanical casualty, clinically referring to the dead, showing pieces of rocket, and providing a photo or two of a "shocked" resident. Nothing like the wall-to-wall blanket coverage of Beit Hanoun.

Double standards: The only standard needed by the press. I'll be back with more photos later.

Ok, this is just silly. I'm just stopping by for a second, but spotted this and needed to share it with you. Here's yet another photo of Beit Hanoun. Anyone think there'll be anything similar from Sderot? I'm highly doubtful.

Slippers are seen at the place where a shell exploded in Beit Hanun after an Israeli military operation in which Israeli tanks fired on homes in the northern Gaza Strip on November 8. The sponsors of the Middle East peace process have met in Cairo to discuss a common response to the much-awaited formation of a Palestinian unity government, diplomats told AFP.(AFP/File/Pedro Ugarte)

AFP: Short On Facts, Tall On Emotions.

I'm back out, but will hopefully be back to finish uploading the Sderot pictures shortly.

Update: Sorry, was actually fairly busy yesterday. The wires are up to 8 pages of pictures of Sderot, many of which are full of re-posts of the same photos.

Israeli Zaka workers following a rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot, November 15, 2006. (Dave Buimovitch/Reuters)


Israelis and emergency workers talk on their mobile phones as they take cover in a wooded thicket in Sderot, Israel as they wait out a rocket alarm Wednesday, Nov. 15. 2006. A Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza exploded on a street in southern Israel on Wednesday, killing one passerby, critically injuring another, and raising the possibility of a new Israeli military offensive against militant rocket squads. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli police collect evidence in Sderot, Israel after a rocket landed Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. A Palestinian rocket fired from Gaza exploded on a street in southern Israel on Wednesday, killing one passerby, critically injuring another, and raising the possibility of a new Israeli military offensive against militant rocket squads. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli Zaka (a community emergency response team) workers survey the scene following a rocket attack on the southern Israeli town of Sderot November 15, 2006. A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip killed an elderly woman and seriously wounded another person in the Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday, medical officials said. ISRAEL OUT REUTERS/Dave Buimovitch (ISRAEL)


A Qassam rocket lies on the ground in the southern Israeli town of Sderot after it was fired from Gaza Strip November 15, 2006. A rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip killed an elderly woman and seriously wounded another person in the Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday, medical officials said. ISRAEL OUT REUTERS/Dave Buimovitch (ISRAEL)


Residents in shock are evacuated by ambulance after a homemade rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the nearby Gaza Strip hit a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot Thursday Nov. 2, 2006. Palestinian militants kept up their attacks on southern Israel, firing homemade rockets lightly injuring one person, the army said, as Israeli helicopter gunships, tanks and ground troops tightened their grip Thursday on a northern Gaza town, killing an elderly civilian and two militants in Israel's biggest push in months to stop Palestinian rocket fire .(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


Israeli residents react shortly after a homemade rocket fired by Palestinian militants from the nearby Gaza Strip hit a house in the southern Israeli town of Sderot Thursday Nov. 2, 2006. Palestinian militants kept up their attacks on southern Israel, firing homemade rockets lightly injuring one person, the army said, as Israeli helicopter gunships, tanks and ground troops tightened their grip Thursday on a northern Gaza town, killing an elderly civilian and two militants in Israel's biggest push in months to stop Palestinian rocket fire.(AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)


A wounded man is rushed into a hospital at the southern Israeli town of Ashkelon November 15, 2006. The man was injured by a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza which also killed an elderly woman, in the Israeli town of Sderot on Wednesday, medical officials said. REUTERS/Amir Cohen (ISRAEL)

Other than those last two, did you notice how clinical the whole scenario was presented? It's almost as if nothing happened at all.

There have also been posted some rather touching photographs of the funerals of the victims of the rocket attack. I'll share one of these, but will refrain from posting the rest of them, out of respect for the dead and their families. I do notice immediately that the funeral is a very somber event, and doesn't seem to be as camera-driven and, well, fake as the Palestinian travelling-funeral-shows are. The rest of the photographs can be found via Yahoo! News if you care to look at them - or are trying to disprove what I'm saying. You won't, though. The press is absolutely fixated on their one simplistic message, and nothing is going to break them of it, no matter the evidence they see.

Michael Slutzker reaches for the body of his wife Faina during her funeral at the cemetery of the southern Israeli town of Sderot. Palestinian militants fired rockets into Israel after warplanes raided the Gaza Strip, prompting officials to vow a tough response against radical groups responsible for the strikes(AFP/Gali Tibbon)

Update: And now, on the 16th, AFP seems to be sending us the message that (a) life cynically goes on in Sderot, and (b) Israelis are bloodthirsty revenge-seeking monsters. Which seems to contradict the official Israeli government line, not that AFP cares:

Israelis walk in the streets of the southern Israeli town of Sderot Thursday Nov. 16, 2006. Israel promised a punishing response [Ed.: Is that a direct quote? If not, why use such emotional language? If so, where is the attribution?] to a deadly Palestinian rocket attack Wednesday near the home of the country's defense minister. The rocket _ one of at least eight that struck Israel during the day _ killed a 57-year-old woman walking to the grocery store in the Israeli town of Sderot near the Gaza border and raised the specter of a large-scale offensive against militant rocket squads. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

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Comments:

#1 Merle 15-Nov-2006
Looks like you still find time to dick around and NOT do the job you're paid to do, huh? Haha.. you prick.
#2 Brian 15-Nov-2006
Merle! Such saucy language!
#3 17-Nov-2006
Thanks for the picture series, especially that of th funeral. Not to be goulish but because that brings out the human cost on the Israeli side.
#4 Adriana Bolchini Gaigher (Lisistrata) 19-Nov-2006
complimenti per l'informazione che fate, riporterò nel mio magazine la vostra testimonianza.

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#5 Brian 19-Nov-2006
"it compliments for the information that fairies, I will bring back in my magazine your testimony." via Google Translate.

Thank you for the kind words, Adriana. Please let me know if I may be of further assistance.

Warmest Regards,
Brian
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