US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza


Jean Shaoul and Barry Grey–Major American media outlets, led by the New York Times, are treating the Israeli military’s mass killing and wounding of unarmed, peaceful Palestinian protesters in Gaza as a non-event.

On Friday, as tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered near the militarized border with Israel to protest Israeli expropriation of Palestinian land and demand the right of Palestinian refugees to return to their homeland, Israeli troops and sharpshooters opened fire, killing at least 16 people and wounding some 1,400 more.

Millions around the world reacted with shock and horror at the scenes of deliberate murder, using live ammunition. One video showed a young man running away from the border fence who was shot in the back and killed by Israeli troops. Another showed that at least two of those killed were unarmed as they walked slowly towards the Israel border.

The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) deployed troops and more than 100 snipers to shoot unarmed protestors demonstrating in the towns and cities of the tiny enclave as well as the thousands who gathered at the border with Israel.

According to Hamas, the bourgeois Islamist group that controls the Palestinian enclave, only five of those killed on Friday belonged to Hamas’s military wing, the rest being civilians.

The US intervened at the United Nations Security Council to block a resolution put forward by Kuwait calling for an independent investigation into the mass shooting, and Israeli spokesmen flatly rejected any such probe, congratulating the Israeli soldiers for “defending Israeli sovereignty.”

Israel’s chief military spokesman, Brigadier General Ronen Manelis, warned that the IDF would step up its violence on the Gaza border. He added that the IDF had restricted its actions thus far to the border fence, but it was prepared to “act against these terror organizations in other places too,” that is, within Gaza.

In line with the full support for the Israeli slaughter from the US government and both major parties, the New York Times published a perfunctory news story on the massacre in its Saturday edition and completely dropped the issue in its Sunday edition and on its website. This is despite the fact that the IDF and the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, emboldened by the muted response from Western governments and the media, continued the attack Saturday on a smaller turnout of demonstrators, wounding scores of protesters.

The same Sunday edition of the so-called “newspaper of record” featured a long article on alleged atrocities by the Syrian government and another article bemoaning the illegal poaching of abalone in South Africa.

The Israeli massacre was barely mentioned on the Sunday television interview programs and has evoked no editorial statements by major media outlets.

Friday’s demonstration was announced as the beginning of six weeks of peaceful protests, called the “March of Return,” to conclude on May 15, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel, which the Palestinians commemorate as Nakba (Catastrophe Day), when the US is set to open its embassy in Jerusalem. The transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, announced last year by President Donald Trump, is a massive provocation, as the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

The massacre on Friday was the deadliest day of violence since Israel’s 2014 war on Gaza, which killed 2,250 Palestinians, the majority of whom were civilians. This followed criminal assaults on the besieged and impoverished enclave in 2008-2009 and 2012, killing 1,217 and 147 people, respectively, overwhelmingly civilians. All these war crimes were backed by Washington.

Israel has enforced a blockade on Gaza since 2007, joined by Egypt, which, along with the destruction of infrastructure by the Israeli military, has devastated the territory and its 1.9 million inhabitants. Power cuts have led to water shortages and untreated sewage, wages for thousands of public-sector workers have been cut or eliminated, and the Trump administration has withheld funding for food aid and for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency, which supports some 1.2 million people in Gaza.

One can only imagine the outraged editorials, commentaries and news exclusives that would flood the print and broadcast media if anything similar were carried out by Syrian or Russian forces. When Alexei Navalny, the far-right, anti-immigrant opponent of Vladimir Putin, is arrested, it immediately becomes front-page news.

For weeks, a completely manufactured scandal over the alleged poisoning of former Russian spy and British double agent Sergei Skripal and his adult daughter, based on entirely unsubstantiated allegations of Russian government involvement, has been used as the pretext for a massive escalation of the diplomatic and military offensive led by Washington against Moscow.

But the same media outlets take as a matter of course that Palestinians are shot down and murdered, as if they were insects.

The social media corporations, in line with their crackdown on freedom of speech on the Internet, are doing their part. Under Israeli and US pressure, Facebook last week shut down the page of a major Palestinian news outlet, the Safa Palestinian Press Agency, which has 1.3 million followers. Facebook defended its action as a move against “hate speech” and “incitement.”

Israel’s criminal and provocative actions against Gaza, with its promise of stepped-up action in the run-up to May 15, must be seen in the context of Tel Aviv and Riyadh’s mutual determination to wage war on Iran, with the blessings or direct participation of Washington. Netanyahu, by igniting a broader response from the Palestinians and workers throughout the region, is set on creating the necessary conditions for a massive intervention by the US against Iran and its regional allies.

The silence of the US media is an act of complicity in war crimes. It speaks for the international bourgeoisie, which stands aside in either open or tacit support for the homicidal policies of a gangster regime. For all the cynical blather in the capitalist media about “human rights”—when it serves as a cover for neo-colonial wars for regime change and plunder—the old saying holds: All morality is class morality.

The international working class must be warned: The events in Gaza are a sign of things to come. Reaction, militarism and the drive to dictatorship are sweeping across all of the major powers in response to the deepening of the world capitalist crisis and the growing signs of working-class resistance. An essential part of the working-class response is to come to the defence of the Palestinian masses and fight for the unity of all workers, across all religious and national lines, in the Middle East and internationally.

6 Replies to “US media’s silent complicity in Israeli massacre in Gaza

  1. “…Israeli expropriation of palestinian land and demand the right of palestinian refugees to return to their homeland…”
    One problem with that, it is NOT the ‘palestinian’ homeland… it is the Jewish homeland and THEY have returned home!
    Israel has every right to defend themselves, the land is theirs, Jerusalem it theirs! If the ‘palestinians’ don’t want to get shot stay the hell away! It’s muslims that slaughter the people of every land they conquered, and they don’t give land back,!

    1. They worship a Tribal WAR GOD …..
      They instigated the Roman pogroms against the first Christians.
      They instigated Muslims to attack peaceful Christian pilgrims to the Holy Land which lead to the Crusades..
      They engineered the Ukrainian HOLOMODOR, a HOLOCAUST of 60millions of Christians..
      Dump the YOKE of “WWII guilt” ……. Jews are conducting TWO genocides RIGHT NOW
      Jews secretly instigate and aggravate the genocidal muslum invasion of Christian Europe
      and we are witnessing the SECOND, slow motion, Israeli holocaust of the People of Palestine..
      The Canaanites/Amorites/Philistines/Midianites/PALESTINIANS were in PALESTINE long before ABRAHAM passed through from Babylon/Ur ……Israel’s “claim” to Palestine is based entirely on War Crimes and GENOCIDE.

      For 70+ years scorn and guilt has been used to destroy Western Christianity by the very people who ORIGINATED genocide.
      “The Holocaust is the Holy Grail of white guilt.”
      The Jews BRAG about and SELF DOCUMENT THEIR “holocausting” others and then “PLACE A YOKE” on Gentiles for SUPPOSEDLY doing the exact same thing to them.
      Everything they claim the nazis did is an EXACT COPY of their own self-recorded acts/history..
      Deuteronomy 7:16, 20:16 “And thou shalt consume all the peoples which the Lord thy God shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them…thou shalt save alive nothing that breatheth.”

      Numbers c.5 v.2-4
      Leviticus c.20 v.13 well, really the whole chapter
      Exodus c.32 v.27
      Numbers c.11 v.1-2
      Numbers c.16 all
      Numbers c.21 v.5-6
      Numbers v.26 v.10
      KILL anyone who engages in “DIVERSITY” or “INTEGRATION”
      Numbers v25 v.4-8
      Deuteronomy c.14 v.2
      SEXUALLY ENSLAVE any females “who have not KNOWN a man”
      a very brief selection, many more in THEIR book.
      Numbers c.21 v.03 Canaanites
      Numbers c.21 v.24 Amorites
      Numbers c.21 v.33-35 Bashan
      Numbers c.31 all Midianites
      Numbers c.32 v. more Amorites
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.34 People of Heshbon
      Deuteronomy c.3 v.6 really the whole chapter. threescore cities
      Joshua c.12 A list of victims of Israeli GENOCIDE
      Numbers c.21 v.25
      Numbers c.32 v.39
      Numbers c.33 v.53
      (just to name a FEW)
      Numbers c.33 v.31-34
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.12 v.28-30
      Deuteronomy c.20 v.11-16
      Deuteronomy c.2 v.2
      Deuteronomy c.7 v.1
      Jews SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GOD”
      Nazis SELF-anointed “The CHOSEN People of GENETICS”.
      TODAY Israel states that it is creating “A PURE Jewish State”
      YESTERDAY the Nazis were creating “A PURE German State”
      Israel a SOCIALIST state.
      Nazis a SOCIALIST state.
      And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . . . (Joshua 6:21)
      For modern day reinforcement of these “rules” research/google “the KINGS TORAH”

    2. * “The population of Palestine was basically composed of Moslem and Christian Palestinian Arabs. The Palestinians had lived in the country since the dawn of history. They did not come to Palestine with the Moslem Arab invasion of the seventh century as is sometimes erroneously thought. They are the earliest and the original inhabitants of Palestine. The Palestinians of today are the descendants of the Canaanites, the Philistines, and the other early tribes which inhabited the country. Professor Maxime Rodinson points out that the Arab population of Palestine was native in all senses of that word. There were infusions of other racial elements into the Palestinian stock, mainly from the Greeks, the Romans, the Moslem Arabs and the Crusaders. But this Palestinian stock, which comprises both Moslems and Christians, continued to constitute the main element of the population until the majority of the original inhabitants of Palestine were displaced by the Israelis in 1948.”

    3. Really uninformed and straight from a script.

      In case you hadn’t noticed, the Ashkenazi, the people who run modern Israel and the people who provided most of the early Zionist movement, in fact are a Germanic people whose native language is Yiddish, a dialect of German.

      As a people, DNA tests show they arose no more than about a thousand years ago.

      They have no relationship, except sharing their religious beliefs, with the Biblical Hebrews. The Hebrew language was perpetuated by distant Jewish religious schools in exactly the way Arabic is perpetuated in distant Muslim religious schools. Muslims believe they should read Koran in its original, if possible. Jews believe the same thing about Torah.

      If anyone qualifies as what remains of the ancient Hebrews of two thousand years ago, it is the Palestinians themselves.

      The Romans never removed the Hebrews from their province despite rebellion. It was not the Roman practice in its conquests to do so, and the Romans, really good record-keepers, left no record of the Hebrews being sent packing. It would have been a pretty big operation, and it would have caused ripples and disturbance all over the Empire, but there is absolutely no record.

      After all, Jewish people embrace many myths and stories with little basis other than tradition, just as all religious groups do. There is no record of Jews as slaves in Egypt. Not a single word or artifact. The name Moses is indeed said to be from the Egyptian. There is no record of King David. And of course, there is no record of Jonah or Lot’s Wife or a hundred other matters.

      The entire Askenazi story of Jews wandering the world after expulsion from the Holy Land is just that, a story.

      It ties them into the Hebrews they mimic, but it just has no basis in fact, anymore than all those earlier stories.

      The Ashkenazi, a Central and Eastern European people, were undoubtedly converted to Judaism by Hebrews long ago who saw the blazing success of Christianity in its evangelism – Christianity having started as one of many Jewish sects and splinter groups going back to the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls – and for a while the Hebrews seem to have copied the Christians’ evangelical efforts in hopes of having their always fairly small community grow.

      That is almost certainly how we ended up with small groups of Jews in a number of scattered places, including even Africa.

      Even were it true that today’s Jews were the descendants of the ancient Hebrews – and it emphatically is untrue – what possible and reasonable claim to Palestine would they have after two thousand years of supposed absence.

      Surely, no more than the Greeks would have claiming part of Turkey for having won the Trojan War three thousand years ago as described in Homer’s Iliad. And there are countless other examples of ancient events – wars and movements of peoples – which, if admitted into ways of settling modern boundaries and affairs, would turn the world into chaos, just as the Middle East has been turned into chaos.

      This would all be laughable, basing land claims and rights in the 21st century on questionable events from one group’s ancient holy book, were it not so tragic.

      You claim what is not yours, and you claim it based on 2500-year old religious texts saying some “God” gave it to you. My God, what a standard for 21st century arrangements.

      The silliness only goes unchallenged because many in the West feel guilty over the Holocaust and are more than happy to see yet a different party, the poor Palestinians, be provided as sacrificial lambs to angry Jewish people. The whole modern re-creation of Israel is precisely about that and nothing more.

      The Holocaust – used as a way to justify modern Israel and to defend its many brutal excesses – occurred on another continent, Europe, and it involved one set of German people abusing another set of Germanic people, the Ashkenazi. The Palestinians, in Western Asia, had nothing whatsoever to do with any of it.

      But they were in a very weak and vulnerable position owing to European colonialism. Just imagine a government official in Britain vaguely promising – and the Balfour declaration’s wording is indeed vague – a Jewish homeland to some Zionists whose help was needed by Britain in WWI, a homeland which was already the home of other people, although of course the British ruled it as part of their long efforts to keep a passage to India, the Crown Jewel of their Empire. The act had no basis in proper law, was entirely arbitrary and self-serving, and yet that little note is kept in Israel today as though it were the Declaration of independence.

      No, the Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust, yet it is the Palestinians who were made to pay a great price, and they are paying still. Generations of occupation and abuse, countless attacks and debasements and assassinations, deprivation of all the norms of civilized life. No rights, no citizenship, no freedom of movement.

      The leaders of today’s Israel seemed to learn only one thing from their grandparents’ terrible abuse at the hands of the Nazis, and that is how to copy them in many of their behaviors.

      Gaza is, to any unbiased eye, is just a vast concentration camp, one allowed to endure for more than half a century in misery.

      But everyone in the West is intimidated against saying so, intimated by the constantly-repeated slur of “anti-Semitism” and by the power of the United States, a world bully today behind whose skirts Israel hides.

      Of course, the United States is happy with the situation. It did not have to take all those Jewish refugees it had very much had shown that it did not want, having turned boatloads away before the killing of the Holocaust was started. And given today’s arrogant and hyper-aggressive world-imperial United states, Israel provides it a handy colony in the Middle East.

      It’s all a pretty inglorious chapter in history.

  2. * “The Zionist version of the Palestinian exodus is a myth manufactured after the cataclysm took place. If the Zionists could show that the refugees had really fled without cause, at the express instructions of their own politicians, they would greatly erode the world’s sympathy for their plight — and, in consequence, the pressure on themselves to allow them to return. Thus in public speeches and scholarly-looking pamphlets they peddled this myth the world over. It was not until 1959 that the Palestinian scholar Walid Khalidi, exposed it for what it is. His painstaking researches were independently corroborated by an Irish scholar, Erskine Childers, two years later. Together, they demonstrated that the myth was not just a gross misrepresentation of accepted or even plausible facts; the very ‘facts’ themselves had been invented. Orders for the evacuation of the civilian population had not simply been issued, the Zionists said, they had been broadcast over Arab radio stations. One had come from the Mufti himself. This was the cornerstone of the Zionist case. Yet when these two scholars took the trouble to examine the record — to go through the specially opened archives of Arab governments, contemporary Arabic newspapers and the radio monitoring reports of both the BBC and the CIA — they found that no such orders had been issued, let alone broadcast, and that when challenged to produce chapter-and-verse evidence, the date and origin of just one such order, the Zionists, with all the apparatus of the State of Israel now at their disposal, were quite unable to do so. They found, on the contrary, that Arab and Palestinian authorities had repeatedly called on the people to stay put and the Arab radio services had consistently belittled the true extent of Zionist atrocities.”
    —David Hirst, The Gun and the Olive Branch, Faber, 1977, pp. 136-7.

    “It is often said that the Arabs fled, that they left the country voluntarily, and that they therefore bear the responsibility for losing their property and their land. It is true that in history there are some instances — in Rome and in France during the Revolutions when enemies of the state were proscribed and their property confiscated. But in general international law, the principle holds true that no citizen loses his property or his rights of citizenship; and the citizenship right is de facto a right to which the Arabs in Israel have much more legitimacy than the [European] Jews. Just because the Arabs fled? Since when is that punishable by confiscation of property and by being barred from returning to the land on which a people’s forefathers have lived for generations? Thus, the claim of the Jews to the land of Israel cannot be a realistic political claim. If all nations would suddenly claim territories in which their forefathers had lived two thousand years ago, this world would be a madhouse. … I believe that, politically speaking, there is only one solution for Israel, namely, the unilateral acknowledgement of the obligation of the State towards the Arabs — not to use it as a bargaining point, but to acknowledge the complete moral obligation of the Israeli State to its former inhabitants of Palestine.”

    – Eric Fromm. Jewish Newsletter [New York] (19 May 1959); quoted in Prophets in Babylon (1980) by Marion Woolfson, p.

  3. Because of Zionist atrocities when they should have been magnanimous the Jews will be run out of the Middle East again. After that they will not be allowed to steal land again, not even the mosquito-infested mud swamps of Africa.

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