-By Warner Todd Huston
Once again we see the Old Media using subtle rhetoric in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of Israel, this time it’s the Associated Press playing the trick.
In a November 16 story about Palestinian rockets being launched into Israel’s civilian population, the AP decided to try and cajole readers into feeling that Israel’s capital isn’t really Israel’s legitimate capital.
This is how the AP described Jerusalem: (my bold)
An attack on Israel’s self-declared capital marks a major escalation by Gaza militants, both for its symbolism and its distance from the Palestinian territory. Located roughly 75 kilometers (50 miles) away from the Gaza border, Jerusalem had been thought to be beyond the range of Gaza rocket squads.
What is this “self-declared” business, AP? Are you trying to say that Jerusalem isn’t really or legitimately Israel’s capital? Of course you are.
AP even made a pair of tweets late in the morning to flog this story, the second of which read:
The Associated Press @AP
Air raid sirens in Jerusalem signal a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel’s self-declared capital: http://apne.ws/ZXOoMR -KH (correction)
Why is that Tweet a “correction”? Because about an hour earlier AP made a “mistake” by posting the following:
The Associated Press @AP
Air raid sirens wail in Jerusalem, signaling a possible rocket attack aimed at Israel’s capital: http://apne.ws/U3UaeK -KH
Ooops, they forgot the “self-proclaimed” part, eh?
But, think about this logically for a second, won’t you? Exactly which capital in exactly which country isn’t a “self-proclaimed capital”? I mean, isn’t that how life works? You start a country and declare which of your great cities will be your capital? What country allows foreign interests to determine what their capital will be? Of course Jerusalem is Israel’s “self-proclaimed capital” just as Washington DC is America’s self-proclaimed capital and Paris is France’s self-proclaimed capital!
The point I am making is that the AP’s use of “self-proclaimed capital” to describe Jerusalem is both unnecessary logically — everyone’s capital is self-proclaimed, it is a given — and an attempt to make readers discount the legitimacy of the place — “Oh, those nasty Jews only say it is their capital,” readers are supposed to think.
It is a perfect example of the anti-Jewish bias in the liberal Old Media.
The BBC got into the hating on the Jews game today, too, essentially saying that the Terrorists Are as Bad as the Victims.
Once again it’s moral equivalence day at the BBC. To celebrate, the BBC took to Twitter to let the world know that it thinks that there is no difference between terrorists and victims.
If you are unaware of what is going on in Israel lately, Hamas and the Palestinians have been launching rockets into the Jewish State killing women and children in a renewed and sustained attack. Today, the Israeli government and her Defense Force (IDF) have at last had enough. The IDF even took to Twitter to warn the Palestinians that retaliation is immanent.
Israel launched a few rockets of her own this week and has made threats that it is considering using ground forces to stop the constant barrage of rockets steaming into its territory, killing innocents.
So, how did the BBC turn this unprovoked attack on Israel by terrorists and a corresponding announcement of defensive action into an exercise in blame-the-victims?
Check out the BBC’s Tweet.
.@Twitter bans “threats of violence”, but will it stop tweets by Hamas’s @AlqassamBrigade & Israel’s @IDFSpokesperson? http://bbc.in/Sso5cD
Note that BBC wants Twitter to stop the Tweets of both Hamas and the IDF as if they both share exactly the same guilt.
This is nothing less than the BBC siding with the Palestinian terrorists and saying their victims in Israel are just as bad.