The Deadly Results of Unfair Reporting

By CrisHam, 21 February, 2024

In the few months since October 7th, there has been far more reporting about the humanitarian situation of the people in the Gaza Strip than about the human suffering in the Ukrainian combat zones during roughly two years of war. The 150 to 200 soldiers who die there every day also attract little attention. If the cluster bomb-riddled corpses and injured of both sides were presented to Western citizens in the same media-effective way as victims in Gaza, they would realize that this relapse into medieval cruelty is unacceptable – and primarily due to escalating Western arms deliveries: It was known before the delivery decision that Russia too has such weapons in its arsenal and can counter accordingly. 

This asymmetry of media reporting and commentary is unethical. The people of Israel and Ukraine are having war forced upon them unwillingly and undeservedly and they have a right to be protected from further suffering. In Ukraine, this means the implementation of self-determination according to the spirit of the 2014 Minsk Accords, while in the case of Israel it’s about removing Hamas from power by surrender or by force. 

In contrast, the vast majority of Gazans support Hamas, and thus its well-known goals of destroying Israel and killing Jews, as stated in the 1988 charter. This latter has NOT been replaced by the equally radical but de-brutalized paper of 2017. However, Palestinian radicalization was only able to grow to the horrible dimensions demonstrated on October 07, 2023 because the “moral” atmosphere in the Arab countries, which denies the Jewish state the right to exist, has additionally been cultivated by more and more Western media and organizations for decades. This is particularly true for “charitable” NGOs that are pushed with gigantic sums of money; since October 7, 2023, their anti-Israel sentiment has intensified dramatically. 

Hardly ever before has there been such a massive demonstration of the dangers of propaganda. The deadly chain of effects started with the distortion of historical facts and thus the undermining of Israel's correct legal position. The presentation of the false narratives to a global audience and particularly to Palestinian children and teenagers took place long-term and systematically. In carrying out these “tasks”, UNRWA, NGOs and the media have complemented each other and created the above-mentioned “moral” atmosphere in which Hamas receives growing support for its genocidal course against Israel. 

Results consist in military attacks on the north of Israel and the irresponsible continued resistance of the inferior Hamas in Gaza. In this resistance, the collateral civilian casualties lamented around the world are deliberately brought about by setting up combat positions in schools and hospitals in order to trigger increased Western support. Reference what-hamas-leaders-actually-want-in-their-own-words-part-2/. If this pseudo-moral, radicalizing support for the Palestinian side is not immediately brought back to a rational level, the escalation into a major war can hardly be avoided. 

What the Ukraine War and the new Middle East War have in common is that their dangerous escalation potential is rooted in Western influence - albeit in different ways. In both cases, however, an unfairly partial “intellectual” atmosphere that suppresses or distorts historical facts is characteristic, thus making communication extremely difficult. Without changing this course, it is foreseeable that both conflicts will only end with the escalation to the nuclear level - just as the two previous world wars were fought to almost the maximum extent of their potential for destruction. – But still it is possible to call on the Western perpetrators of the polarizing “intellectual atmosphere” to immediately take care for moderation.