Some people see the worlds injustices and some don’t.
Why they do is self evident – an interest in people other than themselves and those in their immediate circle, a strong capacity for empathy and a belief in being fair.
Why they don’t is more complex but here’s one reason – Cutsie media and our corporate stock market driven media is behind it.
As I did yesterday (and I promise myself not to make this a habit), I opened my laptop to yahoo news – today’s headlines include a massive photo shot of Ian Thorpe who has finally revealed publicly that he is gay. Another smaller photo of Thorpy sits aside this with the headline ‘Support rolls in for Thorpe’. The smallest photo is of an Israeli tank in the dust with the headline ‘Palestinians urge Gaza ceasefire’.
Now I don’t know about you but isn’t that a case of…….. ‘WRONG’!
The news from Gaza full UN sitrep here is that on the 5th day of the Israeli attack 126 Gaza (I have since read it is now 156 see here) people are killed, 89 of these are believed to be civilians and 27 of those are children. 910 Gazans have been injured, 500 of these are women and children. 4500 Palestinians have been displaced, 750 homes are destroyed or severely damaged and 400,000 people are without electricity due to damage to power lines, and a similar number have no water supply. The UN Situation Report (sitrep) of 12th July comments that ‘reports about the circumstances of some incidents have raised concern about” respect to the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution in attack” under International Humanitarian Law”.
In addition Israeli troops are massing along Gaza’s perimeter fence and the sitrep alerts to this, “fueling existing fear about potential land incursion”. The Rafah border crossing is opened into Egypt to allow injured access to medical facilities.
The Al Mabrat Society, an institution for people with severe disabilities was hit by Israeli shelling killing two women and a staff member and injuring three other residents.
7000 children are in need of psychological support. The UN ‘Protection Cluster members’ …have managed to visit 58 children. All children visited showed signs of extreme anxiety, fear, sense of insecurity, inability to sleep and despair. Since 7 July, PSS teams have reached 191 children.
WE are told the Israeli’s strike surgically, Hamas rocket fire being the critical target.
We are told the Israeli government only want Hamas (The democratically elected leadership in the Gaza Strip)
We are told Hamas deliberately use ‘human shields’
We know the Gaza Strip is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
WE know there are NO DEATHS FROM ROCKET FIRE INTO ISRAEL,
The Washington Post calls the death toll in the situation ‘lopsided’ (for the WP report on Israeli ‘roof knocking’ to supposedly warn residents in buildings about to be bombed see here)
I call it ORCHESTRATED CARNAGE
Oh yeh just out…4 Israeli soldiers ‘hurt’ while undergoing an ‘incursion’ into Gaza to destroy a rocket launching site in Nth Gaza, they have now “returned to Israeli territory” see here
So Thorpy’s gay?…………………….Who woulda guessed it? and who cares, apparently he has lots of support.
UNADIKUM – (translated) I CALL ON YOU
….to keep reality alive – the Media Matrix must not be allowed to hide or to colour truth with barbie pink and roses and celebrity pap.
Four Israeli soldiers were today hurt in clashes during the brief incursion to destroy a rocket launching site in northern Gaza, the military said. It said they have returned to Israeli territory.
It was the first time that Israeli ground troops are known to have entered Gaza in the current offensive.