Jun
18
2010

Israeli Blockade 'Eased' Only in English, but U.S. Media Eat It Up

The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement yesterday that promised to "liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza." The announcement from Israel's security cabinet came after widespread international pressure on Israel following a deadly Israeli naval raid on a humanitarian flotilla trying to break the three-year old blockade of Gaza. U.S. media echoed the Israeli press release in headlines like "Israel to Ease Gaza Land Blockade" (New York Times, 6/17/10) and "Israel Eases Restrictions on Goods Bound for Gaza Strip" (Washington Post, 6/18/10). (CNN–6/17/10–at least attributed the claim in its "Israel to Ease Blockade […]

Jun
16
2010

'Democracy' Means the U.S. and Israel Approve

Thomas Friedman sure knows how to flip reality on its head. In his New York Times op-ed column today, Friedman hops on the bandwagon (FAIR blog, 6/10/10) of bashing Turkey for "joining the Hamas-Hezbollah-Iran resistance front against Israel." Friedman accuses Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan of no longer promoting democracy and instead being more focused on "praising Hamas instead of the more responsible Palestinian Authority in the West Bank, which is actually building the foundations of a Palestinian state." Friedman says of Erdogan: I'd love to see him be the most popular leader on the Arab street, but not […]

Jun
14
2010

Who Knew That Israeli Blockade Is 'Economic Warfare'?

When the corporate media explain the logic behind Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip, they turn to what Israel says officially and publicly. For example, today's New York Times, in an article on an Israeli government-backed investigation into the deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla heading to Gaza, states: Israel argues that the blockade is necessary to prevent Hamas from smuggling in weapons or materials needed to make them, and to weaken Hamas control. This sounds similar to a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Ha'aretz, 6/1/10), who justified the siege by saying: Gaza is a terror state funded […]

Jun
10
2010

Turkey Is Media's Latest Target for Alleged 'Terror' Ties

The Israeli raid on the Gaza flotilla that resulted in the deaths of eight Turkish citizens and one Turkish-American has led Israel and its supporters to argue (see The Weekly Standard, 5/31/10) that the Turkish government and a prominent Turkish humanitarian organization are "terrorist" sympathizers with ill intentions toward Israel and the United States. In a series of articles (e.g., New York Times, 6/8/10, and Washington Post, 6/7/10), the U.S. corporate press has joined in. Today, the Washington Post reports that IHH, the Turkish aid group involved with the flotilla that attempted to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, has a […]