Israel destroys a building in Gaza housing the AP and other media
Something happened in the war between Israel and Hamas today that exposed the moral schism between those who support Israel and those who seek her destruction. After warning people to evacuate, Israel destroyed a multistory building in Gaza on Saturday, explaining that it housed Hamas. As it happened, the building was also home to the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. Leftists were shocked that Israel would attack the media. Republicans, conservatives, and other supporters of Israel were shocked that the Associated Press and Al Jazeera would act as human shields for a genocidal terrorist group.
Israel had become wise enough to understand that its wars with the Arabs don’t just take place on the ground; they also take place in the court of public opinion. It has therefore taken great care to explain its missile strike on Saturday in Gaza:
After providing advance warning to civilians & time to evacuate, IDF fighter jets struck a multi-story building containing Hamas military intelligence assets.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
The building contained civilian media offices, which Hamas hides behind and deliberately uses as human shields. pic.twitter.com/zeDjEquePD
1/ Hamas has turned residential areas in the Gaza Strip into military strongholds.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
It uses tall buildings in Gaza for multiple military purposes such as intelligence gathering, planning attacks, command and control, and communications.
3/ The Israel Defense Forces struck a number of such buildings in recent days, but before we did so, we took steps to try and ensure that civilians would not be harmed.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
5/ We'll say it again: When Hamas places military assets inside such a building, it becomes a lawful military target. This is clear international law.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
This is the thread the world needs to see.— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 15, 2021
The news of the strike elicited markedly different feelings based upon people’s place on the political spectrum. The Biden administration was upset that journalists were attacked, starting with Biden calling to complain to Netanyahu, although he did not go so far as to condemn the strike:
update(12:49pm): So far the Biden administration has stopped short of condemning the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza offices of US-based Associated Press and other international media outlets, which flattened the 12-story Al-Jalaa tower, resulting in widespread outrage from journalists and media rights organizations across the globe.
Hours after the attack Joe Biden as reportedly phoned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express Washington’s “concerns” and to convey the “paramount responsibility” to protect journalists.
Psaki repeated that message on Twitter:
We have communicated directly to the Israelis that ensuring the safety and security of journalists and independent media is a paramount responsibility.— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) May 15, 2021
AOC was outraged that Israel would dare to flatten an empty building that was headquarters for the genocidal enemy intent upon Israel’s destruction:
This is happening with the support of the United States.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2021
I don’t care how any spokesperson tries to spin this. The US vetoed the UN call for ceasefire.
If the Biden admin can’t stand up to an ally, who can it stand up to?
How can they credibly claim to stand for human rights? https://t.co/bXY99O3Wqp
Stephen L. Miller and Jack Posobiec nailed all this leftist hypocrisy, which isn’t offended by violence per se, but is only offended if the violence affects someone in its victim hierarchy:
*Rioters destroy small businesses.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) May 15, 2021
Media - "We cannot equate the loss of life with the loss of property. This is not violence."
*Israel levels empty tower where media is sharing office space with Hamas
Media - "Literally the worst thing Israel has ever done"
AP stated we must not focus on property destruction it is only the underlying grievance that matters! https://t.co/qnZsQJNrtK— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 15, 2021
Conservatives, meanwhile, focused on the real issue, which is that AP and Al Jazeera were apparently acting as human shields for Hamas. (AP is now claiming it had no idea that Hamas was there. If that’s the case, all I can say is that AP’s investigative skills are so bad no one should ever read anything that comes from this outfit. Alternatively, AP should be angry at Hamas, which abused AP’s trust and safety, not at Israel, which struck at a legitimate military target.)
The moral of the story is: when you're dealing with terrorist regimes that like to use people as human shields, don't set your office up in a place that can potentially be compromised by people who want to use you as human shields.— Jeff B. tried to do his best, but he could not (@EsotericCD) May 15, 2021
Hamas is notorious for trying to place its military/terrorist infrastructure within civilian or media zones. They aren't stupid: they don't care about the loss of human life, they want a potentially great international story and they know how it will be reported. Be hardhearted.— Jeff B. tried to do his best, but he could not (@EsotericCD) May 15, 2021
A clip from the archives. Everyone knows that Hamas and Hezbollah use reporters as human shields. EVERYONE. And the reporters go along with it, to preserve access, among other motives. pic.twitter.com/4PWfp8byiy— Mike (@Doranimated) May 15, 2021
I’ll give the last words to one of my favorite writers, Bonchie at Red State:
Here’s a thought for the journalists so upset by this — perhaps don’t share a building with a terrorist group? And let’s be clear: the AP and Al Jazeera almost certainly had to have known that Hamas was using the building. These are investigative outlets, after all.
And that’s really the story here, and it’s the one the media do not want to talk about. It’s not that Israel blew up some reporter’s cubicle. It’s that mainstream news outlets have been happy to serve as human shields for Hamas. In a saner world, that would destroy the credibility of any outlet that engaged in such. But our world isn’t sane, so you get wailing and playing the victim.
The excuse often used here is that by allowing Hamas to operate around them, these news outlets gain “access.” Sorry, that’s not a dog that hunts, when you are talking about a genocidal terrorist group. If the Associated Press’ standards are so low that they are willing to wittingly or unwittingly aid terrorists, they should be investigated, not humored as they cry about the consequences. As to Al Jazeera, we already know what they are, so it’s less surprising that they’d be involved here.
IMAGE: Israel destroys Hamas, AP and Al Jazeera headquarters. Twitter screengrab.
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