Taipei, July 16 (CNA) Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Taipei on Wednesday to voice their opposition to Israel’s air strikes on the Gaza Strip and urged Israel to end the strikes that have caused civilian casualties.
Read through the article and you’ll find the usual Israeli propaganda embedded within. e.g:
Israel has launched the attacks in response to the firing of rockets at Israel from Gaza by the militant group Hamas.
Hostilities between Israel and Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, escalated this month after the killing of three Israeli teenagers in June and a Palestinian teen in early July.
Not quite. Israeli launched the attacks ostensibly for revenge in the hunt for the people who abducted and killed three Israeli teenager boys who lived on an illegal settlement in the West Bank. Hamas re-started firing rockets at Israel following the murders of two Palestinian boys by IDF soldiers, actions which israel tried to deny, then claim weren’t murders. What many actually suspect though is that the latest Israeli offensive against Gaza was planned a long time previously and put into motion when Hamas and Fatah signed an agreement forming a Unity Government, as requested by both Europe and the US.
In an interview with the Taiwanese media earlier this week, Israel’s representative to Taiwan Simona Halperin said her country “does not have a fight with the Palestinian people.”
"Israel has a fight with Palestinian terrorists," she said. "Israel will not stop its targeting of the terrorists and the launchers if there are no guarantees that they are going to stop."
Israel will continue to protect its civilians, but in the meantime, it will try hard to minimize damage and the loss of lives of the uninvolved, she said.
As John Trudell once observed, "They lie to us and then they lie to themselves about lying to us". Israel only exists because it has a fight with the Palestinian people. Trying to pretend there are good and bad Palestinians, the latter of which are all ‘terrorists’ (not freedom fighters), is a base and derisory rhetorical device designed to split Palestinians and justify what is a war against a largely unarmed people, under biological and economic siege, and who don’t even have a military to defend themselves with. Also note the double standard: Israel will protect its civilians but the Palestinian Unity Government cannot because to do so would be ‘terrorism’ or outside its jurisdiction.
Then we get some more propaganda courtesy of the Israel-pleasing ROC Government mouthpiece:
A militant Islamist group, Hamas is designated as a terrorist organization by Israel, the European Union and several other countries. It has long record of attacks and refuses to recognize the existence of the state of Israel.
After Hamas stepped up the firing of rockets at Israel in recent weeks, Israel decided to conduct airstrikes on Gaza, described by Israel as legitimate military actions.
Hamas is ‘Islamist’ in the same way the IDF and the Netanyahu Government is ‘Zionist’. Hamas is militant, but so is the State of Israel which essentially is just one perpetual economy of occupation and war, except that where Hamas gets a trickle of funding and arms from a range of Governments, Israel gets not only steady arms and funding from the US but also legitimacy from the European Union and US Congress. Israel refuses to accept the reality of the historical record of the Nakba and the ethnic cleansing that allowed it to steal Palestinian land upon which to build its state but only Hamas refusal to recognise Israel is stated. Hamas’ long record of attacks is stated but absented is the weekly murder, humiliation, and carnage meted out by settlers and IDF against Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.
This is an asymmetrical war being played out not only in terms of bombs but crucially through media, such as Focus Taiwan.