That of course is an imaginary headline because if such a thing happened you would not be reading it for the first time here. Those killed and wounded are not Israelis; they are Palestinians who were gunned down by Israel soldiers. It is met with a big shrug by most Americans. Did anyone in Congress speak out about the slaughter? Could you imagine such silence were the victims Israelis? What about you? Think it was all right for so many Palestinians to lose their lives?
The first news of the slaughter came out in the morning of yesterday. It was ongoing at the time the great festivities in the American embassy in Palestine. More than 12 hours after the protesting Palestinians had been carted off to hospitals or to be prepare for burial, I wondered how much of the news of the slaughter was being disseminated in the United States.
The Boston Herald at about 9:00 pm (4:00 am in Jerusalem) had no mentioned it. The New York Post, a Rupert Murdoch paper, also made no mention of it. I looked at the New York Daily News which also omitted any mention of it; it was concerned like the Herald with the Supreme Court decision on legalizing betting in the states as well as the death of the woman who played Superman’s Lois Lane.
I don’t watch Fox News so I went to its website. There too, in another entity owned by Rupert Murdoch, no mention was made of the Palestinian plight. The headline there was a complaint by two Republican congressmen that the Feds were attacking a congressional investigator and an article explaining Melania Trump’s hospitalization.
The Boston Globe mentioned it but not until after articles about some CEO, Melania, sports gambling, UMass, and Babson. At least it spared us an article about another 30-year-old well fed tattooed college student and others like her who are complaining that they weren’t entitled to free food beyond their food stamps. They explained how difficult it is to study when one’s belly is not sated. These articles make sure they stay away from that filthy four letter word that begins with “w”.
Most European newspapers had the Israeli duck shoot of Palestinians in the headlines. The so-called fake newspapers the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times featured it prominently on the front page. You had to look hard for it in the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald but at least it was there.
All that aside though one should give thought to the difference in treatment of the coverage of the death of Palestinians and that of Israelis. Why are Israeli lives considered more important or valuable? What is it that for the most part encapsulates America in a pall of silence when a massacre of Palestinians occurs. Had the shoe been on the other foot the outrage would know no bounds?
What makes the Israeli action so outrageous are the numbers. 55 are dead on one side and thousands injured; on the other not even one is injured. Doesn’t that shout out at you that the indiscriminate gunning down had no justification? The Palestinians presented no threat to Israel; none crossed into Israeli territory.
The celebration while the carnage continued at the US embassy in Jerusalem 40 miles away from the killing fields. In his embassy speech Jared Kushner said about the Palestinians: “those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution.” Not a word of sympathy for the dead and wounded; not a breath of chastisement for the killers.
Netanyahu’s Israel is a cruel land. The purpose behind the killings is to try to deter future protests. It should have been handled more humanely without loss of life. Why it wasn’t it? Netanyahu makes it quite clear he believes as a prominent member of his government Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan reportedly said: “[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human.” How then can you be humane to people who are not human?
Sadly this incident also shows the diverse media coverage in the United States about Israel. Those who read just the local rags or watch Fox will know little about the slaughter. It is cover-ups like this evil that will lead us into war with Iran.