Anorak | Israel v Hamas: we all know who started it (photos)

Israel v Hamas: we all know who started it (photos)

by | 15th, November 2012

HOW do you report on the battle in Israel and Hamas in Gaza? The Israeli’s says Operation Pillars of Defence is in response to Palestinian rocket attacks from Gaza for the past five years. The Israel’s assassinated Hamas’s top military commander, Ahmed Jabari. The war will be conduced as much online as it is on the ground. The Alqassam Brigades (the military wing of Hamas) tweeted: “Our blessed hands will reach your leaders and soldiers wherever they are (You Opened Hell Gates on Yourselves).” The Israelis release a video of Jabari’s death. Hamas invites favoured photographers to document their side’s suffering.

The IDF has a live blog .

Other questions are triggered: why is Israel on the top of the news cycle when it fires but not when Hamas, Iran-backed Hezbollah or Syria fires into it? Why do we see the people at war, never the ones who want to get along? Does broadcasting image of violence encourage the militants?

One Israeli blog says: “As of October 2012, over 800 rockets had been launched at Israel from Gaza since January 2012.” 

News that Hamas has fired an- anti-tank missile  at an IDF jeep on the Israeli side of the Gaza border last Saturday was not on the BBC.

On November 10, the AP reported:

An explosion targeted an Israel military vehicle on the Israel-Gaza border Saturday and Israeli troops fired into Gaza, killing two civilians and wounding at least 25, Palestinian officials and witnesses said. Ayman al-Sahbani, a doctor at Gaza’s Shifa hospital, said all the casualties were civilians and among the wounded were children.

The IDF tweets:

“All options are on the table. If necessary, the IDF is ready to initiate a ground operation in Gaza.”

The Daily Mail says:

Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor system shot down dozens of some 130 rockets fired from Gaza in the first few hours of daylight on day two of Operation Pillars of Defence, the army said

Iran’s Press TV says:

IDF’s Brigadier General Yoav Mordechai has  advice :

I encourage all members of Hamas not to walk around above ground.

The IDF has dropped leaflets on Gaza. They say:

“Important announcement for the residents of the Gaza Strip:

For your own safety, take responsibility for yourselves and avoid being present in the vicinity of Hamas operatives and facilities and those of other terror organizations that pose a risk to your safety.

Hamas is once again dragging the region to violence and bloodshed. The IDF is determined to defend the residents of the State of Israel. This announcement is valid until quiet is restored to the region.

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