Over the last week tensions have exploded into a rapid escalation of violence along the Israel-Gaza border, but the Israeli Defense Forces and international media watchdog Honest Reporting have complained that coverage of the attacks has been misleading.
In a video released on YouTube, the senior editor at Honest Reporting accused international media agency Reuters of publishing biased information and willingly misleading the public through their portrayal of the attacks.
Senior Editor of Honest Reporting Yarden Frankel:
“We see this time and time again, that when there are articles on the conflict the photos that accompany these articles usually are sympathetic to the Palestinian side and can completely ignore what’s going on in Israel. Take Reuters for example, under the headline “Fighting flares along Israel-Gaza border” they ran a slide show with six images. The first three images are of relatives of one of the Palestinian who was killed in an Israeli attack against the rocket launching cells. And then the next three photos are all of vandalism at a mosque that had nothing to do with the article. Where are the photos of what happened in Israel? Where are the photos of hundreds of thousands of Israelis running for bomb shelters? Where are the pictures of the Qassam rockets?”
UK member of European Jewish Parliament Tal Ofer:
“Well, I’m really not surprised at the attacks on Israel didn’t get the coverage they deserve unfortunately it doesn’t really make the news when Israel is being attacked, it only makes the use when Israel retaliates in order to protect its citizens.
Unfortunately it has happened too often that the media report one thing and when there is a clarification… you will never hear about it, so the perception of people… is that Israel is the aggressor and the Palestinians are the victims, which is definitely not the case here because who started this whole new round of violence are the Palestinians and Hamas in particular from Gaza.”
The latest bout of violence erupted on Tuesday after Israeli aircraft killed two men believed to have been behind sniper attacks on Israeli citizens. The intermittent string of rockets that have been fired into Israeli territory since the beginning of the month became a barrage, injuring several and causing widespread damage.