In the heated debate between Israel’s defenders and bashers over the tragic death of Jawaher Abu Rahma, on December 31st 2010, one aspect seems to slip from the discussion. And that is the fact that the mainstream media lost interest in this story very fast.
It was pushed aside by the stories of the referendum in South Sudan, the riots in Tunis and the evolving crisis in Lebanon and now in Egypt. Since each of them affects the lives of millions and can deteriorate the entire region it is of no surprise. But even before that it was over taken by the ludicrous Saudi Mossad’s vulture spy story. From the point of view of the past success of Palestinian propaganda, the Jenin massacre that never happened, the cruel Al Dura hoax, and the Mavi Marmara ambush, this is humiliating. And the family of the deceased should find it deeply insulting and infuriating.
What happened this time?
Did the good guys finally score a point, and all that effort put into Israeli advocacy at last achieved something?
It is very tempting to believe this.
Beware of temptation.
I mean it!!!
Still it is possible. If this is the case, it is nothing more than a dent in the MSM willingness to accept everything the Palestinians say.
But even as mere dent, the precedent is there, MSM shunning away a Palestinian story. And if that is the case then most of the credit goes to Philippe Karsenty who exposed the Al Dura hoax, and made us al realize what we are dealing with.
WELL DONE PHILIPPE - For casting the first stone, and well done to all those who followed.
But there is another difference between this libel and the previous ones. This time the media was there. Either at the actual event or countless like it, therefore they can tell if the Israeli teargas is nasty enough to kill. Not to mention the holes in the Palestinian version. Which is actually two, one where she died inside her house and one where she died outside. Along with the hasty burial, with no autopsy, this is a story a seasoned journalist will stay away from.
And as January is passing it turns out there was another reason this story faded quickly. Al Jazeera, the megaphone of anti Israel rhetoric, a news channel that will spit every libel there is, no matter how ridiculous, even 9/11 conspiracy theories, had other plans. They could not have this tragedy, no matter how useful to Palestinian propaganda; interfere with the ambush they had prepared to the Palestinian Authority and the PLO, what is known today as the 'Palestine papers leak'. Which is kind of lucky for us. And that is very humbling. Because if it took this long to get this success with the help of luck then there is a lot of hard work ahead.
But at least now our belief in our ability to make a difference can draw some strength.
“Power to the people”
“Speaking truth to power”
“Keeping hope alive”
Zionism is the cause where all these slogans are real.