Joseph Clifford: What about Israeli outrages?The Feb. 5 editorial "Give Gaza back to Egypt" is an example of media misinformation and manipulation that has caused many thinking people to look for alternative information sources. Israel was characterized as being under attack by Palestinians with no attention to the facts on the ground. Readers should consider the following facts, which are invisible in mainstream U.S. media.
While current figures are difficult to attain, B'Tselem reports about 4,300 Palestinian deaths vs. about 1,000 Israeli in 2000-2007. During the past two months over 160 Palestinians died while not one Israeli was killed. While one Israeli is being held prisoner, Israel maintains almost 11,000 Palestinian prisoners, and has illegally demolished 18,000 homes. Israel illegally holds and continually confiscates Palestinian land, which explains why it has been condemned by the U.N Security Council and the General Assembly more than any nation in history.
While the U.S. and Israel insist Hamas is a "terrorist" organization, much of the world does not agree and views Hamas as a legitimate resistance organization. That aside, at the insistence of both U.S. and Israel an election was held in Palestine, which Hamas won. Immediately, the U.S. and Israel embarked on a policy of starving Palestinians for voting the "wrong way" — so much for "democracy."