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Media Fawns Over Iran’s ‘Reformist’ New President

Reprinted from NOQ report.

The establishment media can barely contain its excitement over Iran’s newly elected president, Masoud Pezeshkian, who is, “journalists” can’t stop reminding us, a “reformist.” But does his election herald genuine reform in the Islamic Republic of Iran? Will the Islamic regime stop making war with its own citizens? Will the mullahs make peace with Israel and the United States? As it turns out, there are genuine reformists and there are recipients of media adulation. At least so far, Masoud Pezeshkian looks much more like the latter than the former.

The media has certainly been energetically waving the pom-poms for Pezeshkian. The BBC explained Saturday that Pezeshkian “is critical of Iran’s notorious morality police” and “called for ‘constructive negotiations’ with Western powers over a renewal of the faltering 2015 nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear programme in return for an easing of Western sanctions.” Meanwhile, the Beeb explained that Pezeshkian’s black-hatted opponent, Saeed Jalili, “is known for his hardline anti-Western stance and opposition to restoring the nuclear deal, which he says crossed Iran’s ‘red lines.’”

The Economist put it more bluntly: Pezeshkian, it said, is a “reform-minded heart surgeon who wants talks with the West and women to have the right to dress as they choose.” Pezeshkian, said the Wall Street Journal, will be a “reformist president” and “ran on a platform of re-engaging with the West and loosening the country’s strict moral codes for women.” Not that Pezeshkian will have an easy time of it; PBS reminds us that he “faces a government still largely controlled by hard-line clerics.” […]

NOTE: The opinions expressed in the NOQ REPORT are not necessarily those of "Cogny Mann." But it is certain that we share a lot of overlap in our philosophies and worldviews.

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Being Mentored By An Outstanding Leader

 

John the Baptist was indeed a powerful, provocative and
influential teacher. Part of the strength of his message was in recognizing
that he was a forerunner. It was given to him to call people back to God in
preparation of the coming Messiah.


Matthew 3:

In those days John the
Baptist came and preached in the Desert of Judea. He said,
“Turn away from your sins! The kingdom of heaven has come near.” John
is the one Isaiah the prophet had spoken about. He had said,

“A messenger is calling
out in the desert,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord.
    Make straight paths for him.’

 

 

John belonged to a Jewish subgroup known as The Essenes.
They lived in the desert away from the city and believed that faithfulness to
God meant separating from the diluted and worldly Judaism they saw elsewhere.
That is why the description of John’s camel hair clothing, and his diet of
locusts and wild honey was recorded in the Scriptures. He dressed and ate like
someone who lived in the wilderness. Much of his ministry was around the Jordan
River, sacred to Israel and Judah as the place of crossing into promise. To be
baptized in that river was an acknowledgment of returning to God’s plan for his
people.

 

As crowds would travel to hear John, they would hear a
strong voice in a quiet place. Jesus would have made that journey and heard
John teach. How might Jesus in turn be influenced by having such a teacher and
proclaimer of truth?

  


Matthew 3:

John
saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing. He said to
them, “You are like a nest of poisonous snakes! Who warned you to escape the
coming of God’s anger? Live in a way that shows you have
turned away from your sins. Don’t think you can say to
yourselves, ‘Abraham is our father.’ I tell you; God can raise up children for
Abraham even from these stones. 10 The ax is ready to cut the
roots of the trees. All the trees that don’t produce good fruit will be cut
down. They will be thrown into the fire.

 

 

Jesus’ message to religious leaders would become a
continuation of God’s prophetic message flowing from John’s mouth. It was hard
words for hardened hearts. However, the message of correction is always to
point to something or someone greater to watch for.

 

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Empire vs. Shalom

 


The world is based on the human dream of empire. We
will build systems, governments and business empires that provide a human
strength to accomplish the common good.

The Cambridge dictionary defines empire as, ‘a group of
countries ruled by a single person, government or country.’
It is Israel in
its formative stages wanting a king to rule, the way other nations are
governed. It is the notion that a king, queen, president or prime minister can
preserve the strength and develop the resource of the commonly shared identity.

 

Some read the Scriptures and think that the Kingdom of God
is an empire that needs a good king with a plan to overtake the world. But what
does this vision miss?

 

Empire misses most of the points that Jesus makes about how
we are to live. He came preaching the Kingdom of God as the anti-thesis to
worldly empire. He preached the ancient concept of Shalom, often shorthanded as
the word ‘peace’. But Shalom has more depth than a simplistic wish for
troubles to go away so we can be at peace and do our own thing.

 

“Shalom” was used as both a greeting and farewell. It
wasn’t just meant to wish a person a lack of war or struggle; rather, shalom
goes deeper. Shalom might be called the peace of the Lord. It is completeness,
soundness, wellbeing, complete reconciliation.
[1]

 

Jesus is not the King of the Empire, but he is the Prince of
Shalom. How does Jesus call us to live at peace with God and bring completeness
and wholeness to the world we live in?

 

When we think about God’s grace at work in us as a
community, how are we being transformed from ‘empire thinkers’ to ‘Shalom
thinkers’
? The grace that is greater than all our sin requires us to share
the responsibility for the sins that come from worldly thinking.

 

We see God calling to Israel to forsake the empire thinking
of Egypt and learn the shalom way of following a Shepherd’s voice. While empire
likes lots of pageantry and displays of power, shalom thinks about the
vulnerable first.

 

How impressed is God with our worship services and
inspirational gatherings? Even these can become nauseating to God.

 

 

Amos 5:

21 “I
hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain
offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

 

  

God is not impressed
with showy spirituality that has nothing to do with establishing Shalom, his
Kingdom of peace and reconciliation. We can easily become the Pharisee in the
Temple with our victorious and self-righteous declarations. We can thank God
that we are doing better than the despicable sinners around us. And we can
completely miss out on the mission of God to become Shalom-makers.

 

 

Isaiah 1:

16 Wash
and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop
doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take
up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

 

 

But you may protest– we can get sidetracked with social
justice causes and miss out on the personal call to live a holy life!

 

What is it about us that wants to live in the world of
either/or? Either you focus on social justice causes or you focus on personal,
spiritual formation. Pick the side that you feel is singularly important and
put all your attention there. If we are to understand that sin is an
incompleteness, a missed target and a missing of the point, we will pick a side
and fail to see that we have sinned by settling for less than God’s best
intention.

 

Where is the sense of being called to both/and?

Isaiah 1:

18 “Come
now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like
scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as
crimson, they shall be like wool.
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good
things of the land;
20 but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by
the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

 

 

The grace of God that conquers sin is the grace of sharing
our responsibility to the least of these. God says that when you make yourself
clean and then turn your focus to being a Shalom-making community, God will
remove the Empirical stain of worldliness from us, and we will eat the good
things of the land– the very good things that we do unto others. God’s
blessing rests on how we love Him through the least of these.

 

In the end, if we resist God’s best intention, we will be
devoured by the thinking of Empire. We will sin because we thought God’s
mission was only about me and mine. God’s call is for us to be people of the
Shalom Kingdom.

 

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Media Fail to Report Officials Got It Wrong Over Gaza “Famine”

“Famine is imminent as 1.1 million people, half of Gaza, experience catastrophic food insecurity,” the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) claimed in a special brief published on March 18.

Following its release, major news organizations jumped at the opportunity to include the word “famine” in their headlines.

Associated Press
The New York Times
BBC News

However, a new report released on June 4 by the IPC’s Famine Review Committee (FRC) uncovered several flaws in the original data published in March, leading them to amend their original claims. Ultimately, the FRC concluded that they cannot consider the situation in Gaza a “famine.”

Here are the most significant points that deserve to be highlighted:

  • The original report said that the caloric availability in the area covered only “59-63% of the needs (based uniquely on Humanitarian Food Assistance) in April.”
  • The new report estimates the range of coverage of caloric availability was actually 75-109%.

So how did the IPC go from claiming that Gazans in the north were nowhere near getting their nutritional requirements to acknowledging that they were nowhere near being underfed? How did they get it so wrong the first time?

  1. When discussing food trucks and other methods of aid entering the area, the IPC excluded commercial and/or privately contracted deliveries and World Food Program (WFP) deliveries to bakeries in northern Gaza from their original numbers.
  2. The original report “relied on multiple layers of assumptions and inference, beginning with food availability and access in northern Gaza and continuing through nutritional status and mortality.”
  3. There may have been a “mismatch in reporting periods” by the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).

While the corrected data from the FRC is receiving publicity on various X (formerly Twitter) threads, major news organizations seem to be ignoring its release.

By failing to report on the most recent information, news organizations are misleading their audience about the extent of food flowing into Gaza and misrepresenting the hunger situation in the area.

Even more dangerously, on June 16, almost two weeks after the new data was released, The New York Times still referenced the outdated, invalidated claims.

Why hasn’t The New York Times consulted the new data and instead continues to link false information in its articles?

The new report from the FRC states that it is impossible to determine the number of people who are completely unable to access food in Gaza, and it is inaccurate to continue to say that Gaza is under threat of “imminent famine.”

This is not to suggest that there are not serious problems distributing food in a war zone. But 32 deaths attributed to malnutrition do not exceed the threshold necessary to be considered a “famine,” and most of those suffered from pre-existing conditions.

Instead, the updated data has barely elicited a ripple from the mainstream media, with only Fox News giving the story the attention it deserves. Like many others, The New York Times’ choice to ignore new data contributes to a media environment that villainizes Israel, and contributes to the accusations in places such as the International Court of Justice that Israel is deliberately starving Palestinians.

Instead of misleading their audiences by endorsing false claims that there is an insufficient amount of food entering the area, news outlets should better focus their reporting on the collective responsibility of multiple parties in making sure the food is distributed to civilians in need.

One can only hope that as new data emerges, reporting from major news organizations will uphold their journalistic integrity and update their audiences following suit.

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‘3,000 Rockets a Day and Hospitals Overwhelmed’: What All-Out Israel-Hezbollah War Would Look Like

A full-scale war between Israel and Hezbollah inched closer this week as the Shiite Lebanese terror group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah threatened both Israel and Cyprus.

In a televised address on Wednesday, Nasrallah said, “There will be no place safe from our missiles and our drones should a larger conflagration erupt,” and that Hezbollah had “a bank of targets” it would aim for in precision strikes. He also urged the Cypriot government against opening airports and bases on the island for the “enemy” to operate from, although Israel is not known to have ever done this.

Hezbollah and Israel have exchanged near-daily fire since the October 7 Hamas attack, after the group fired rockets in support of Hamas, forcing tens of thousands of Israeli civilians to evacuate their homes in northern communities close to the border. Israeli military chiefs now think an all-out war is a real possibility.

In a statement, the military said “operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon were approved and validated, and decisions were taken on the continuation of increasing the readiness of troops in the field.”

But what would a war with Hezbollah look like? How would Israelis be affected by the war? And who would win?

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‘3,000 Rockets Launched Daily; Air Defenses Overwhelmed and Mass Casualties’

A three-year study by Reichman University’s Institute for Counter-Terrorism, in which more than 100 senior military and government officials took part, forecasted devastation in Israel in the event of war.

The report, which was reportedly presented to government officials before the Hamas attack last year and seen by Israeli publication Calcalist, predicted Hezbollah would fire between 2,500 to 3,000 rockets each day at Israel. These would range from accurate rockets to precision long-range missiles and would be interspersed with intense barrages aimed at specific targets for maximum destruction, such as densely populated civilian areas or military targets.

Iranian terror proxies in the region, including pro-Iranian militias in Syria and Iraq, Hamas and Islamic Jihad in the West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen’s Houthis, would also join the conflict. It is thought that a multi-pronged assault could destroy Israel’s air defense systems, specifically by using munitions and drones to target Iron Dome batteries, as well as cause thousands of civilian and military casualties.

There has also been speculation that Iran itself would join, attacking Israel, as it did on April 13.

Due to Hezbollah’s vast arsenal of rockets, Israel’s Iron Dome interceptors and David’s Sling missiles would run out just a few days into the conflict, leaving most of the country entirely exposed and unprotected. It is thought that the daily rocket fire would last for weeks. The group’s precision missiles would target Israeli military bases to hinder counterattacks and critical infrastructure such as power plants, water facilities, and electricity stations.

The critical seaports of Haifa and Ashdod would buckle, and international trade would be severely impacted, while flights would be canceled and airspace closed. Israel’s health system would likely be overwhelmed by the sheer number of casualties, as well as by hospitals themselves becoming targets of suicide drone attacks.

Meanwhile, an assault would also be launched in the digital realm, with Israeli communications infrastructure and government websites subjected to cyberattacks designed to wreak further damage on the country’s economy. The group would try to capitalize on the chaos to send hundreds of Radwan commandos to infiltrate the border with the goal of seizing Israeli towns and villages, forcing Israel to launch ground operations within its own territory.

There could be widespread panic among the Israeli public amid extensive damage and large casualty numbers, as well as difficulty accessing essentials like food and medicine. Hezbollah would seek to provoke a psychological campaign of warfare against Israelis by flooding social media networks with disinformation, aiming to sow distrust in official government spokespeople.

Like Hamas, Hezbollah would encourage Palestinians to carry out attacks and pile pressure on Israeli police struggling to maintain control. The war would end after around three weeks as the sheer scale of damage done to both sides is too much to sustain, leading to a kind of stalemate.

Post-War Détente & Wider Implications

The cost to Lebanon would be enormous. The 2006 Lebanon War was catastrophic for Lebanon’s economy, causing $3.5 billion in damage to infrastructure. A new war would be even worse for a country already facing a deep economic crisis.

However, Hezbollah is unlikely to be destroyed in a war, in part due to its deep integration into Lebanese society, including holding positions in the Lebanese government and controlling key institutions. Additionally, a war with Israel would likely serve as a propaganda victory for Hezbollah.

Hezbollah’s confrontation with Israel would help it drum up support in the Arab world, potentially leaving it in a strengthened domestic position.

War with Hezbollah would have a much wider regional impact, including galvanizing extremist actors in the region and ushering in further instability in the Middle East.

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Israel at War: The Media Battlefield – Briefing #32

HonestReporting has been working around the clock to identify and respond to the worst media bias since the appalling events of October 7 and the subsequent launch of Israeli military action against Hamas.

You can already see many of the posts that we’ve published on our website but here’s a roundup of just some of the issues and media outlets that we’ve flagged on social media over the past several days that didn’t make it into full articles.

Make sure to follow us on X/Twitter to get all of our content in real time during this period.

TAKE ACTION NOW: You can make a difference. We’ve included contact details for many of the examples of media bias below. Please send your considered comments to the media and hold them accountable.

The Guardian & San Francisco Chronicle Misrepresent ICJ Decision

Contact The Guardian readers’ editor: [email protected]

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The Times of London Plays Down Hezbollah’s Intentions

Contact The Times at [email protected]

Washington Post Legitimizes Hamas-Run Health Ministry

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

UPI Passes Off Hamas Press Release as Legitimate News

To send your feedback, fill in UPI’s form here.

New York Times Belittles Israel’s Humanitarian Efforts

Contact the New York Times newsroom.

Associated Press Claims Israel Had Gaza Under “Siege” Before October 7

Open AP Customer Zone & select Editorial and News from the dropdown options: https://customerzone.ap.org/cz/s/contactsupport

The Guardian Accuses Israel of Pink-Washing

Contact The Guardian readers’ editor: [email protected]

UPI Misleads on Protester Arrests

To send your feedback, fill in UPI’s form here.

BBC News Skews Reality in Profile of Lebanese Village

Follow the BBC’s complaints procedure: https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints/make-a-complaint/#/Complaint

CNN’s Numbers Don’t Add Up

(Note: CNN has removed its online feedback form, thereby denying its audience an easy way to contact the network. CNN can still be contacted at the following number: 1-404-827-1500)

Washington Post Falsely Accuses Israel of Keeping Rafah Crossing Closed

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

Wall Street Journal Reprints Claim That Israel is Targeting Civilians

Contact: [email protected]

Washington Post Downplays Hezbollah’s Aggression While Ignoring Israeli Casualties

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

Washington Post Publishes Ishaan Tharoor’s Flawed Analysis

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

CNN Relies on Untrustworthy WAFA News

(Note: CNN has removed its online feedback form, thereby denying its audience an easy way to contact the network. CNN can still be contacted at the following number: 1-404-827-1500)

Washington Post Parrots Hamas Propaganda

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

The Guardian Misrepresents Hamas’ Aims

Contact The Guardian readers’ editor: [email protected]

The Times of London Publishes Biased Report on Sexual Violence From October 7

Contact The Times at [email protected]

The New York Times and Associated Press Uncritically Parrot Hamas’ Numbers

Contact the New York Times newsroom.

Open AP Customer Zone & select Editorial and News from the dropdown options: https://customerzone.ap.org/cz/s/contactsupport

Washington Post Portrays Hostage Rescue Mission as “Brazen”

Contact the Washington Post Readers Representative: [email protected]

BBC News & Reuters Headlines Mislead on Hostage Rescue

Follow the BBC’s complaints procedure: https://www.bbc.co.uk/contact/complaints/make-a-complaint/#/Complaint

Contact Reuters Customer Support: https://liaison.reuters.com/contact-us

CNN “Explainer” Omits Vital Information

(Note: CNN has removed its online feedback form, thereby denying its audience an easy way to contact the network. CNN can still be contacted at the following number: 1-404-827-1500)

BBC News & Voice of America Mislead on Israel’s Targeting of Hamas Compound

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The Evisceration of Mehdi Hasan

Few tears were shed at HonestReporting in November 2023 when MSNBC announced the cancelation of long-time detractor of Israel, Mehdi Hasan’s regular show. Rather than accept his effective demotion, Hasan eventually chose to quit the network and launch his own independent media company, Zeteo.

Unfortunately, while MSNBC did very little to restrain his brand of anti-Israel agitprop, Hasan now has even more freedom to pursue his obsessive attacks on Israel through his own outlet and on social media.

So it was gratifying to see Hasan’s holier-than-thou persona brought down a peg or two when he came up against UK lawyer Natasha Hausdorff and author and political commentator Douglas Murray in a must-see Munk Debate on anti-Zionism.

Speaking in favor of the motion that anti-Zionism is antisemitism, Hausdorff and Murray beat Hasan and hateful Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy by 66% to 34%. Not only that, between the beginning of the debate and the end, support for Mehdi’s position actually dropped by 5%.

But more importantly, it was demonstrated that Hasan, the author of the book “

It’s interesting to observe how Hasan, even when caught red-handed, tries to deflect. Let’s remember that he was rightly called out for factually misquoting Lord Arthur Balfour, the author of the 1917 Balfour Declaration. Natasha Hausdorff never made any judgment on Balfour’s character, which was not the issue.

That didn’t stop Hasan from reposting the below tweet quoting from a 2017 opinion piece by Palestinian American activist Yousef Munayyer that called Balfour a “white supremacist” and “antisemite.”

Making False Claims Against Your Opponent

Here’s another example of how Hasan twists the truth when he claims that Douglas Murray “advocated for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza” in The Spectator.

This is the relevant text from Murray’s Spectator article:

Rather than advocating for the ethnic cleansing of Gaza as Hasan charges, Murray speculates what Israel might do in the immediate aftermath of October 7. Unsurprisingly, Israel has not “clear[ed] all the Palestinians from that benighted strip.” And the charge that Murray is advocating ethnic cleansing when says “It could be a good time to do it”? In the context of the subsequent passage, it is clear that he is referring to the fact that Arab states care very little for the Palestinians and certainly not enough to prevent Israel from carrying out such an action (which it, in any case, hasn’t).

It’s the Audience’s Fault

And if you’ve lost the argument, then why not simply blame the voting audience?

Hasan relies on the “halo effect” to suggest that organizations such as Oxfam are beyond reproach. As it happens, there’s plenty to say about Oxfam and many other non-governmental organizations that sound like benign charities but in reality, are a major part of the global anti-Israel campaign.

So the audience, which Hasan accuses of being pro-Israel by default, are within their rights to jeer.

And maybe, just maybe, Mehdi Hasan, the audience actually got this one right.

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Biased Coverage of Gaza Hostage Rescue Serves Hamas

Media outlets went out of their way on Saturday (June 8) to make Israel’s heroic rescue of four Gaza hostages look tainted or even immoral, with a reframing that served Hamas’ strategy.

Instead of simply reporting the news — that Israeli hostages Noa Argamani, Almog Meir Jan, Andrey Kozlov, and Shlomi Ziv had been rescued in a rare and complex operation in the heart of Gaza — media outlets chose to label it as one of the “bloodiest” raids of the war.

They used three tactics to achieve that goal, which effectively turned justice into injustice:

  • Minimizing the achievement by using the term “freed” instead of “rescued” to describe the hostages
  • Emphasizing the Palestinian death toll based on Hamas figures
  • Whitewashing the terrorists’ use of civilians as human shields

The Washington Post, for example, committed two of these journalistic crimes:

Its headline led with the number of Palestinian casualties (without questioning how many of them were terrorists), its sub-header called the operation “brazen” and the lead paragraph labeled the operation “one of the bloodiest raids of the war.”

The fact that the hostages were rescued alive is mentioned only in the second paragraph. And the word “Blitz” is casually thrown into the fifth paragraph, evoking comparisons to Nazi warfare.

But what’s hidden in plain sight is the complete whitewashing of Hamas’ strategy of using civilians as human shields. The article simply mentions that the hostages had been held in “buildings,” omitting the fact that they were kept in families’ homes in the crowded multi-story structures, amid the civilian population.

NPR‘s coverage has similar faults: The Palestinian death toll is used to frame the hostage rescue with descriptions like “the streets were…covered in blood,” and the sites of the hostage captivity are called “locations in Nuseirat in central Gaza” — which could mean anything from tunnels to military compounds.

Did the Washington Post or NPR journalists independently verify whether the blood in the streets belonged to terrorists or innocent civilians? Or is blood used here — as in ancient times — to demonize Jews?

Either way, their coverage whitewashes the terrorists.

Related Reading: Media Reframe Israel’s Dramatic Rescue of Gaza Hostages

Selective Terminology

Reuters, which also called the operation “one of the single bloodiest Israeli assaults of the eight-month-old war,” used another tactic while focusing on the Palestinian casualties.

One of its headlines used the vague term “freed,” which can be attributed to the goodwill of the terrorists, instead of the value-laden word “rescued” that may paint Hamas as bad:

BBC did the same, while obscuring the identity of Hamas terrorists and IDF rescuers:

Cognitive Dissonance

But some media outlets didn’t just change words. They descended into a total cognitive dissonance in their attempt to put the onus on Palestinian victimhood.

AP, for example, shamelessly quoted casualty data from the Palestinian health ministry whose reliability had been questioned by the wire service only a day earlier.

And a BBC anchorwoman expected the IDF to warn Gazans ahead of such a dangerous rescue operation:

Similarly, a Sky News anchorwoman gave a platform to Palestinian politician Mustafa Barghouti, and failed to correct him when he called Israeli hostages “prisoners.” She also didn’t remind him about starvation and sexual assault when he suggested that those released in the past had been well treated by Hamas:

And the same network’s Alex Crawford didn’t even bother waiting for more details of the operation to emerge before she labeled it “a massacre”:

The underlying premise of such biased coverage is that Israelis should not fight for their lives because it comes at a cost. They should just sit back and let terrorists slaughter and kidnap their brethren because they run and hide among innocent people.

But media should stop ignoring the increasing evidence of Gazan civilian complicity with Hamas, as well as the fact that Hamas bears responsibility for putting the entire Gazan population in danger since its October 7th attack on the Jewish state.

On Saturday, Israeli special forces undertook a mission in an area that became a legitimate target by virtue of the presence of hostages. As Noa, Almog, Andrey, and Shlomi were rescued after eight months in captivity, Hamas terrorists fired RPGs at them from within the Nuseirat market area. IDF troops responded to save their lives and bring them home.

Any other way to frame it serves the terrorists.

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Will Hostage-Taking Journalist Abdallah Aljamal Be Added to CPJ List?

One day after Israeli security forces rescued four Israeli hostages from their Gazan captivity, both the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel’s internal security agency) confirmed that three of the hostages had been held captive in the family home of Abdallah Aljamal.

Aljamal, who was killed during the raid that freed the hostages, had previously served as a spokesman for the Hamas-run Gaza Labor Ministry and, as a journalist, had contributed to Al Jazeera and served as a correspondent for The Palestine Chronicle. His last article was published by the Chronicle one day before the Israeli rescue operation.

With Abdallah Aljamal’s death as part of the ongoing war between Israel and Hamas, it begs the question whether he will be added to the running list of “journalist casualties in the Israel-Gaza war” compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Since the start of the war, the CPJ’s list of journalist casualties has been used by a variety of news outlets, activists, pundits, and politicians to highlight the seemingly disproportionate number of Gaza-based journalists killed during Israel’s counter-terrorism campaign and to question whether Israel is purposefully targeting reporters and other media workers.

However, as noted earlier by HonestReporting, a significant number of the journalists who appear on the CPJ’s list were in some way affiliated with Hamas and other anti-Israel terror organizations.

As of this writing (June 10, 2024), close to 50% of the 103 Palestinian journalists listed by the CPJ either worked for news outlets affiliated with terror organizations or were active members in these organizations themselves.

If Abdallah Aljamal is added to the CPJ’s list, this will only highlight the problematic nature of the list by its inclusion of terrorists and kidnappers among the ranks of killed Palestinian media workers and will serve to further debunk the libel that Israel is targeting journalists in order to stifle their reporting capabilities.

If Aljamal is not included on the CPJ’s list of killed Gaza-based journalists, it will ultimately need to be asked what separates him from the likes of Hamza Al Dahdouh, Mustafa Thuraya, and Mohammad Jarghoun, all three of whom are accused of being active members of terrorist organizations and who appear on the list.

In either case, the mere possibility that Abdallah Aljamal, a Hamas member who helped hold three Israeli civilians hostage, will be added to the CPJ’s list of killed journalists is a cold reminder of the interaction between terrorism and civilian life in Gaza, the influence that Hamas has over the media in Gaza, and the untrustworthiness of outlets that turn a blind eye to these salient factors.

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▶️ Misplaced Media Outrage Lands on Israel Rather Than Hamas

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Hamas using schools to launch rockets and store weapons is nothing new.

But when the media ignore facts, they allow the narrative to become “Israel bombs schools and medical clinics.” In reality, the world’s outrage should be directed at the terrorists who fire anti-tank missiles from schools and place explosive devices inside medical clinics.

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