Less than one day into the New Year, a CBS headline and Agence France Presse photo captions fall back into old bad habits: the erasure of Palestinian violence which precipitated the Israeli response.
Yesterday morning, Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched two rockets towards central Israel. One landed off the coast close to Jaffa, and another fell into the sea further south, along the Palmachim beach. Israel responded by attacking Hamas infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.
CBS’ truncated, egregiously misleading headline gives no indication whatsoever about the Palestinian rocket attacks against Israel. It deceives: “Israel hits Gaza with airstrikes.”
Smoke and fireball rises following an air strike in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, in early time on January 2, 2022. Israel launched airstrikes against Gaza, a source inside the enclave said. The IDF is currently striking targets in the Gaza Strip.SAID KHATIB / AFP
An explosion caused by Israeli airstrikes is seen in the town of Khan Younis, southern Gaza Strip, Sunday Jan, 2, 2022. Israel’s military says it launched strikes against militant targets in the Gaza Strip, a day after rockets were fired from the Hamas-ruled territory. (AP Photo/Yousef Masoud)
Take note: Here’s the original @AP headline which @CBSNews so inexcusably mangled. 1) AP, unlike CBS, notes Israel hit “militant targets” (ie terror org Hamas) in Gaza 2) AP notes *rocket fire from Gaza preceded Israeli strike.* @CAMERAorg urges CBS fix https://t.co/6NeX6Agvuc https://t.co/bzYjhw9WMT pic.twitter.com/1QoY9DdFVl
— Tamar Sternthal (@TamarSternthal) January 2, 2022