Saturday, May 24, 2008


It isn't difficult to understand how anti-Israel propagandists can get away with murder in the media when events like these go virtually unreported in the West - GAZA CROSSINGS UNDER ATTACK: GUNFIRE AT KARNI, SUICIDE BOMB BID THWARTED AT EREZ.

"A Palestinian man was killed and five others wounded in violent clashes that erupted Thursday afternoon between militants and Israel Defense Forces troops at the Karni Crossing from the Gaza Strip to Israel."

A Palestinian man? Like another civilian death perhaps?

"The IDF said that hundreds of people had gathered at the crossing, some carrying light weapons and anti-tank missiles. Militants opened fire and hurled rocks at IDF troops stationed nearby. The soldiers returned the fire, leading to the Palestinian casualties."

"Also on Thursday, IDF troops operating in the Gaza Strip found a cache of weapons. including anti-tank missiles, hidden in a schoolyard in the Sajayeh refugee camp."

Weapons hidden in a schoolyard? Sounds like a good way to educate your kids, doesn't it?

"Earlier Thursday, a Palestinian bomber blew up an explosives-laden truck on the Palestinian side of the Erez crossing on the Israel-Gaza Strip border early Thursday morning. The driver was the only casualty in the attempted attack."

Is this is the crossing where vital humantarian supplies are brought across by aid agencies from Israel to Gaza? If the crossing is disrupted by these "militants" and supplies don't get to the people, who gets the blame in the media for their supposed "collective punishment"?

"The truck may have exploded on the Palestinian side due to a technical failure. As it approached the border, other militants fired mortar shells at the crossing. The explosion ripped a hole in a pedestrian passageway leading out of the Erez terminal and into Gaza, but no pedestrians were there because it was still early."

They call that a technical failure? Sheesh!

Here's the icing on the cake:

"A spokesman for Islamic Jihad said his group carried out the attempted attack in cooperation with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, an offshoot of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's more secular Fatah faction. Jihad described it as a successful martyrdom operation."

If that was a successful martyrdom operation, I'd like to see a failed one.

And is that the same President Mahmoud Abbas who is currently involved in peace talks with Israel?

Haaretz readers can be quite witty at times. Commenting on the story, one Leo Rosgarten must surely have had his tongue planted firmly in cheek when came out with this doozie:

"What a terrible waste of innocent life. Even worse, the loss of valuable resources, such as the truck, the fuel and explosives. How much European aid money went into all these preparations, and the devious zionist soldiers escaped harm. It is a sad day for us, progressive Haaretz readers."

And what a terrible waste for the mainstream media to deprive its readers of the insights of a quiet day at the Palestinian office?

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