A case study. An anonymous source informs the Tundra Tabloids that he sent a letter of enquirey to the HBL, concerning a headline to an article that appeared in yesterday’s Hufvudstadsbladet (Finland’s largest Swedish newspaper): “Israel revenged rocket assaults“.
The article itself was about the situation in Sderot, concerning the Kassem rocket attacks currently raining down upon the Israeli city, but the devil is in the details. The Tundra Tabloids’ anonymous source received the following reply from the HBL’s office:
“The headline is not misleading. It tells that there was rocket attacks and that Israel anwered to them. Normal clear swedish language. I have followed your argumentation about the situation in Middle East for some years now. When you look att Israel your view is so one -eyed that your defence of Israel has no credibility, even if you sometime could have something to say. You don’t help Israel at all because you and people like you make frinds of Israel look like fools.
The critique of the Tundra Tabloid’s anonymous source is discarded by the HBL because of the latter’s clear prejudice against the messenger; regardless of what this source says, whether it is true or untrue, it is considered worthless information because the messenger himself is considered to be an “unreliable source”. Much of the same has happened to Israel herself, or any of her representatives.
A day earlier,Tundraman had brought to my attention the same newspaper (HBL 17.5.07, p.13), in which HBL journalist, Mats Gezelius, continues the HBL’s systematic demonization of Israel:
While reporting that 16 had been killed in internal Palestinian fights in Gaza and that “militant Palestinians” had fired numerous rockets into Sderot, the huge title of the article on page 13 was still “Israel revenged rocket assaults” and the reporter (Mats Gezelius, again!) could not help himself adding in his article that
“Israel has prevously penetrated northern Gaza, shot tens of thousands of artillery granades into open fields along the border and killed both peasants, families with children and rocket garrisons and targeted suspected Quassam operators with precision rockets from the air.”
This only means that the PA lies, Hamas lies, and the West continues to lie about Israel. And the world believes them!
This lastest example just coincides with the HBL’s; the Arabs lie (which means that THEY are the unreliable sources!), but the West believes them because they want to, repeating their lies in the media. If you ask for the biggest reason for this process, it is the largely denied anti-Semitism prevailing in all the world, especially in Europe, from where it was exported to and politically exploited by the Arab nations already in the 1930’s.
The systematic demonization of Israel going on in the media today has a number of specific features. Some of them were listed in the article “How I became an ‘unconscious fascist” by Fiamma Nirenstein (Jewish World Review, July 15, 2003, One of those features is the reversal of perpetrator and victim, evident in the HBL heading, where Israel is the active part (“revenging”) and not the original victim:
“6) Manipulation of the order in which the news are given and of the news itself. The headlines give the number of Palestinians killed or wounded in most articles, at least in Europe, before describing the gunfights and their causes, and linger on the age and family stories of the terrorists. The purposes of the IDF actions, such as capturing terrorists, destroying arms factories or hiding places and bases for attacks against Israel, are rarely mentioned. On the contrary, Israel’s operations are often described as completely uncalled for, bizarre, wicked and useless.”
How deep this distortion of reality is, is reflected by the fact that NO (Finnish) MEDIA CONDEMNS Hamas for claiming that “Israel has now declared war” on the Palestinians and that the Hamas therefore can now start with their suicide bombing again. When this has continued for decades, it is no wonder that the world’s minds have been poisoned. *L* KGS