HAMAS IS WINNING THE WAR
...the media war that is
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
As horrific footage of the slaughter of Palestinian women and children reaches into lounge rooms across the globe, pressure is reaching the United Nations with silly talk of Israeli war crimes. Foreign journalists who are competing fiercely for the most gruesome of shots, are strangely missing in action when many of thousands of Hamas rockets reach Israeli suburbs.
When it’s too dangerous to enter the warzone, the Hamas media machine feeds hungry Western journos carefully selected footage from previous wars, and it’s working a treat... slowly but surely world opinion turns against Israel.
A woman in a flak jacket and helmet faces an Aljazeera camera and points behind her, pretending the bombing clip you are about to see has just occurred. Then two bullets are fired into Aljazeera offices, then mortar fire, and the woman in the flak jacket lets go a tirade of abuse at Israel’s overreaction, interspersed with cutaways to hospitals full of blood-soaked women and children where Hamas munitions are stored.
Israel will not allow hometown journalists into the Gaza warzone for fear that their capture will require the release of hundreds more terrorists.
The slaughter can stop immediately if Hamas agrees to cease firing unguided missiles into Israeli suburbs but Hamas wants much more. It wants all Israeli and Egyptian restrictions lifted so they can realise their stated ambition of pushing Israel into the sea.
The owner and operator of Aljazeera is the racist little oil-rich Gulf State of Qatar. It has a GDP of $183 billion with a mere1.9 million people whose average income is $100,000 a year and employs only foreign labour, mostly Indians, who are paid a pittance.
The exclusive 12 per cent who are citizens live lives of luxury. Qatari nationals have jobs for life, pay no tax, and enjoy free education at international universities.
Aljazeera is Qatar’s media foothold designed to expedite Israel’s downfall from afar.
Meanwhile, an Aljazeera correspondent, Peter Greste rots in an Egyptian jail, lost in a never-ending media cycle of atrocities.
Qatar is a supporter of Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood and has been unsupportive of the current regime and Aljazeera’s Peter Greste and others have symbolically suffered the anger of Egypt’s judiciary.
So it’s small wonder that reports coming out of Gaza from the scene-setting, vanguard network of Aljazeera are heavily sympathetic toward Hamas and highly critical of Israel and Egypt.
But this Arab media network, while graphically explaining that a child dies every hour of the Israeli invasion, is hardening Egypt’s resolve to punish its journalists.
So the almost forgotten Peter Greste is just one more person who hopes this all ends soon.