Rather than addressing specific allegations of media bias, this time HonestReporting takes aim at what it calls “myths” in current coverage of Israels attacks against Lebanon and counters with what it alleges are “facts”. Let’s take a look.
And the facts as HR would like it’s readers to believe,
The definition of a "disproportionate" response is a subjective one.
Perhaps we can ask the opinion of the International Committee of the Red Cross who have the role of monitoring compliance with the Geneva Conventions. Their "subjective" opinion on this is the one that counts,
Pierre Krähenbühl, the ICRC’s director of operations…….. added that “the high number of civilian casualties and the extent of damage to essential public infrastructure raise serious questions regarding respect for the principle of proportionality in the conduct of hostilities.” (ICRC Press Release, 19/7/2006).The first casuality of war? HRs commitment to truth.
Israeli military operations in
Unprovoked is in the eye of the beholder it seems. Hizbollah claimed it was reacting to the Israeli attacks on Palestinians in
Any civilian casualties in a conflict are, of course, tragic and regrettable. Civilians on both sides are suffering. However, Israeli air strikes on
Strange. The opening paragraph, as noted above, clearly points out that Hizbollahs first strike was against military targets – the IDF.
How often will we hear of this lame defence- “not intended to kill civilians”. What exactly is intended when suburban offices and buildings are bombed by F-16 jets?
Oh please! And they call this a media critique?? This is lame, lazy and totally unconvincing apologetics. Yes,
Israelhas also been criticized for targeting Lebanese infrastructure such as the airport. However, it is also interesting to note what has not been targeted. Beirut
Myth 2: Hezbollah is an indigenous Lebanese ‘resistance’ organization.
HR then provides it’s version of the facts via its all-time favourite tactic – highly selective quoting. In this case it’s more of a case of selective editing. Quoting the Council on Foreign Relations, HR supplies most of the brief CFR information on Hizbollah, but leaves out these 2 very pertinent paragraphs that address the issue that HR claims is a myth,
Hezbollah was founded in 1982 in response to the Israeli invasion of
Experts say Hezbollah is also a significant force in
’s politics and a major provider of social services, operating schools, hospitals, and agricultural services, for thousands of Lebanese Shiites. It also operates the al-Manar satellite television channel and broadcast station. Lebanon
Just in case anyone didn’t get that – Hizbollah was founded in
It’s a curious fact that pro-Israel advocates place such great store on attempting to discredit others by claiming that they are in some way alien to a particular location. Doubly curious given the history of Zionism.
According to HR,
On May 24, 2000, Israel completed the unilateral withdrawal of all IDF forces from southern Lebanon, in accordance with Israeli government decisions and UN Security Council Resolution 425, ending an 18-year presence there……….. The United Nations views the Shebaa Farms area as Syrian territory. Therefore, UN Security Council Resolution 425 - which concerns
A nicely deceptive slieght-of-hand.
Myth 4: Arab prisoners held in Israeli jails were kidnapped from Lebanese soil and should be released.
HR almost immediately confirms that this “myth” is in fact true,
Those prisoners held in Israeli jails captured during
HR simply defends this as reasonable.
Another stupendously appalling and mendacious effort from the team at HonestReporting, who are determined to give honesty a bad name.