Under international law Israel has the right to blockade Gaza and stop any flotilla or boats heading there because Hamas has created a state of armed conflict by launching more than 10,000 rockets and mortars into Israel targeting and killing civilians. Despite this, Israel still allows inspected food and other humanitarian goods into Gaza.
AFP ignores Palestinian rocket attacks launched Monday, falsely claiming that until Israel killed Islamic Jihad fighter Ismail al-Ismar Wednesday night, Palestinian groups respected the truce.
In its reporting on the abortive Gaza flotilla, The New York Times whitewashes the extremist affiliations of the flotilla organizers and conceals the harsh rhetoric of noted participants.
An AFP article today about Geoffrey Palmer's U.N. report on the 2010 flotilla highlights aspects of the document critical of Israel, but ignores parts that uphold Israel's position. When "man bites dog" is just not a story.
The Washington Post's reputation for investigative journalism, from 1970s Watergate coverage on, is well known. But when it comes to the story behind the much-hyped "Gaza aid flotilla II," The Post doesn't want to know. Late June reporting was a poor example for journalists and a disservice to readers.
The Los Angeles Times, which recently gave a platform to a Hamas leader, now gives space to a passenger in the impending Gaza flotilla. Only through Hagit Borer's selective vision does "getting on board" with Hamas mean "true peace."
When tempted to weigh in on contentious legal debates, Karl Vick should remember that he's not a scholar of international law but a journalist. And his editors should take note that he has shown himself not to be an objective journalist but rather one who feels all-too-comfortable taking sides.
NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof asserts that the Israeli blockade has failed. Palestinian opinion polls do not support his viewpoint.
NPR On Point segment reminds us why has been called National Palestine Radio. Tom Ashbrook hosts five guests to discuss the flotilla incident, not one is sympathetic to Israel.
Update, June 13, 2010: After publishing an inflammatory political cartoon that turned truth on its head by portraying those on the Gaza flotilla as innocent peace seekers and demonizing Israel as the culprit responsible for destroying the prospect of peace, the Cleveland Plain Dealer runs column about the negative reaction to the cartoon .