The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recently released a preliminary report which has stated that a Palestinian child initially thought to have been killed by Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip was actually killed by an errant rocket that had been launched by Palestinian fighters.
Despite due reverence to the death of a child, neoconservatives and Zionists could barely disguise their joy at being handed a propaganda coup enabling them to demean their enemies. Jonathan Tobin writing at the neoconservative Commentary magazine certainly couldn’t let the opportunity pass, (and I warn that reading his nonsense runs the risk of causing self-frustration and anger). Daniel Halper, writing in the neoconservative’s flagship magazine The Weekly Standard, was another who couldn’t resist the propaganda opportunity as he blurted out his headline; ‘Actually, Hamas killed the Palestinian baby’.
But the neocons and Zionists weren’t alone in pointing out the UN report’s findings. The New York Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post and a myriad of other mainstream media outlets also were quick to tell the story. However, while such stories, of course, need to be told, one wonders why all of these outlets were unable to balance the story with the far more important news about the hundreds of children that have been killed by Israelis over the years.