Thursday, January 22, 2009

Italian Paper Reports Hamas Inflated Civilian Casualties

According to HaAretz, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported Thursday that a doctor at Gaza City's Shifra Hospital disputed the number of civilian casualites suffered by Palestinians in the recent Gaza fighting. "It's possible that the death toll in Gaza was 500 or 600 at the most, mainly youths aged 17 to 23 who were enlisted by Hamas - who sent them to their deaths," the physician said. He added ""Perhaps it is like Jenin in 2002. At the beginning they spoke about 1,500 dead, and at the end it turned out to be only 54 - of whom 45 were militants." The Italian paper also reported that Palestinian civilians have accused Hamas of forcing them to stay in homes from which gunmen shot at Israeli soldiers during the recent hostilities.

Kudos to HaAretz, a leftwing Israeli newspaper that advocates negotiations with Hamas, for reporting this story. Unfortunately, I do not read Italian, and it is unlikely that the Los Angeles Times will pick up this story.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger The Kosher Hedgehog said...

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land, linked in the previous comment, was produced by the Media Education Foundation, a far left group whose Board of Advisors includes Noam Chomsky. Professor Chomsky is also featured in the video. I would amend the link from Anonymous to suggest that the purpose of the documentary is itself to reinforce false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, on behalf of Hamas, the Palestinian Authority and international apologists for Palestinian terror.

Monday, January 26, 2009 1:59:00 PM  

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