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July 28, 2010

Can You Believe the Spin?

Filed under: Gaza,Hamas,Israeli politics,Netanyahu government's policy,Uncategorized — quinnconnors @ 3:20 pm

In a recent visit to Turkey, the UK’s Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the current blockade on Gaza and referred to the territory as a “prison camp”.   The Israeli embassy in London accordingly responded to Mr. Cameron’s remarks by asserting that the Palestinians living in Gaza are actually prisoners of Hamas, rather than prisoners of the Israeli blockade. Furthermore, the Israeli spokesperson claimed that Hamas, due to its election in 2006, is responsible for the situation in Gaza.

While the media is focusing on the visit and remarks by David Cameron, the responding statements by the Israeli embassy are, in my view, more interesting.  Both statements are clear examples of political spin, but spin that has gone so far as to place the blame for Israeli actions upon Hamas.

The logic is impossible to follow, but according to the Israeli envoy to the UK, this is what we are supposed to understand about the blockade. They want us to believe that Hamas really doesn’t care much about the well-being of the Palestinians who elected it into power.  And that Hamas is enforcing a strict blockade on the territory that they control.  Clearly, they would never want any form of international trade, freedom of movement, secure access to power, or building materials.  Instead, Hamas focuses solely on building rockets and killing Israelis, at the expense of any effort that might aid Gaza.

However, the officials who work at the Israeli Embassy are not idiots.  They most likely understand that the blockade of the Gaza Strip, and the ensuing conditions of poverty, are not the responsibility of Hamas.   But they still try to put out this kind of spin, wriggling their way out of any sort of blame or consequences and using Hamas as a scapegoat.  Unfortunately, many in the United States accept this spin without question.

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2 Comments »

  1. speaking of spins,while the friendly israelis dropped in for a cup of tukish coffee,[no sugar,please] 9 uunfriendly hoodlums mugged them and hit them with sticks, forcing the neighborly idf’s to draw their guns while down on one knee excaping with their lives… in 2002, on i believe ,a sunday morning tv news program here in the u.s.ofi, netanyahu keeps hammering the words terrorists and terrorism as many times as grammatically possible into our heads, then adding insult to injury, he states that if the u.s. took as many casualties as israel, it would be the equivalant to 5 9/11′s….nobody chalanges him… although i can’t spell kat, i do know 1 plus 1= 2…he never mentions the fact that if the pals. used the same formula,thier equivalent would be at 35 9/11′s…speaking of spins… carl scala

    Comment by carl, queens,ny — July 29, 2010 @ 10:52 am | Reply

  2. One thing I have learned from research into the origin of Zionism and Zionist-Gov, is that those in support of this Apartheid-Regime I’ve found in forum/blog texting the most deceitful and dishonest people I have ever dealt with in my entire 75-years of life.
    Their leaders in the Zionist-Gov holding core position are people I would not allow near my home or family, and they if possible are less honest than their twisted supporter’s.
    Because of the internet today, reports are escaping the US-Media censorship, fake Zionist Rabbi such as the two that wrote “The Kings Torah” that claim murdering Gentile/Palestine babies is permited by God… because they will only grow up to become enemy… is example of the total absents of any Torah understanding. Their Rabbi Mafia in NY/NJ caught in sting illegally selling body-parts (laundering money back thru Sate of Israel) is example of this sickness.

    Comment by DeWayne — March 1, 2011 @ 6:23 pm | Reply


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