Video: Casualty Count Distortions and Hezbollah Propaganda

A video companion to CAMERA's work exposing the Hezbollah propaganda campaign of this summer. The terrorist group had claimed that in the fighting against Israel which it started, most of the Lebanese casualties were civilians, and that few Hezbollah fighters had been killed. In fact, the evidence suggests that most of those killed were Hezbollah fighters.

BACKGROUNDER: Hezbollah’s Media Weapon

Over the past six years, Hezbollah's use of the media against Israel has intensified. In addition to Al Manar television, the organization's official propaganda instrument, Hezbollah utilizes other Arab news stations and even the international press. CAMERA describes how Hezbollah has employed the media to convey its message to the world.

New York Times Mangles Sheba Farms Issue

In this Sunday's New York Times, reporter Craig Smith wrote 1179 words on the so-called Sheba Farms issue, and after presenting the basics more or less accurately, still managed to omit virtually every key fact. For example, if Sheba were turned over to Lebanon, Hezbollah has already claimed other land in Israel as belonging to Lebanon, and therefore in need of "liberation."

CAMERA and Human Rights Watch: An Exchange

After a CAMERA article criticized Human Rights Watch for implying Hezbollah did not use the Lebanese towns of Srifa and Marwaheen as staging areas to attack Israel, HRW contacted CAMERA to challenge several of the assertions in the article. The HRW letter and CAMERA's response follow.

Questioning the Number of Civilian Casualties in Lebanon

The perception that Israel's response to Hezbollah attacks was disproportionate, and that indiscriminate force was aimed at the Lebanese population, was largely a result of media reports on the casualty breakdown in Lebanon. But there is plenty of reason to doubt often repeated claims that almost all Lebanese casualties were civilians.