Tuesday, July 25, 2006

The Faux News and The Real News

Faux News
Tuesday, July 25, 2006

NABATIYEH, Lebanon — The United States has given Israeli forces between 10 and 14 days to finish dealing Hezbollah "a strategic blow," a senior Israeli Foreign Ministry official told FOX News, as both Israeli forces and Hezbollah guerrillas continued to volley rockets across the Lebanon-Israel border.

While admitting that the Israeli Defense Forces is working at a "slow pace," the official insisted the plan was constructed out of concern for human life.

"We could do it much faster if we would be willing to inflict high civilian casualties," the official said. "The decision was made to move in a methodical, slow way."

Real News

Introducing the Electronic Intifada

EI has received favorable reviews in such respected publications as the Washington Post, Financial Times, The Nation, Utne Reader, and the Jerusalem Post. EI’s founders are regularly contacted by the mainstream electronic media, such as the BBC, CBC, CNN and dozens of radio stations around the world, to provide commentary and analysis on events in the Middle East.

Who condemns the victimizer?

Maarten Jan Hijmans and Fadi Hirzalla, The Electronic Intifada, 25 July 2006

"Every neighborhood has one, a loudmouth bully who shouldn't be provoked into anger.
He's insulted? He'll pull out a knife. Someone spat in his face? He'll draw a gun. Hit? He'll pull out a machine gun. Not that the bully's not right -- someone did harm him. But the reaction, what a reaction! It's not that he's not feared, but nobody really appreciates him. The real appreciation is for the strong who don't immediately use their strength. Regrettably, the Israel Defense Forces once again looks like the neighborhood bully. (...) One and only one language is spoken by Israel, the language of force."

Thus says Gideon Levy in his column for the Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz (16 July 2006) on Israel's aggressive policy towards Gaza and Lebanon. He indicates that Israel's current bully-like behavior has become, as it were, an Israeli trademark.

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