As protests turned violent on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, mainstream media proved it is no friend to America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East.
“This week, tens of thousands of Gazans are expected to converge on the border to protest a blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and to press for a right to return to lands in what is now Israel,” wrote the Los Angeles Times.
“On Monday, thousands of Palestinian protestors came together along the border, drawing Israeli fire that killed at least 16 people,” it wrote. “Already, over six weeks of demonstrations, Israeli soldiers have killed dozens of Palestinians and injured thousands more.”
The media chose words such as “came together along the border” and “converge on the border” to connote peaceful protests with sign-carrying citizens asking for their rights. But these were nothing of the sort.
According to the Times of Israel, these protests involved 50,000 Gazans over 12 sites, with several thousands more gathered hundreds of meters from the fence. Many tires were burned, sending noxious black smoke into the air.
Several of the groups were trying to breach the border at multiple crossing sites, and three were killed after the Israeli Defense Forces found them trying to plant explosives along the border fence.
In other cases, according to the Times of Israel, people were firing on Israeli soldiers from beyond the border.
The Los Angeles Times ran a story from the Associated Press on the situation, and the AP story reflected similar biases. The U.S. chose to open its new embassy in Jerusalem on the same day Israel was celebrating 70 years as a nation.
“But it also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians called their nakba – or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s independence,” it wrote.
The “war surrounding Israel’s independence” began the day after Israel’s independence was declared when Egypt, Syria, Jordan and expeditionary forces from Iraq all attacked the new nation. These invading forces warned Arabs living within Israel to flee or face attack. Their descendants are the people who claim to be protesting for a “right of return.”
Israel has not sought to keep them out, and Arabs serve even in Israel’s Knesset, the equivalent of our Congress.
“A majority of Gaza’s 2 million people are descendants of refugees, and the protests have been billed as the ‘Great March of Return,’ to long-lost homes in what is now Israel,” AP reported.
“Although Trump has said his declaration does not set the final borders of the city, it is seen by both Israel and the Palestinians as taking Israel’s side in the most sensitive issue in their conflict.
Only two countries, Guatemala and Paraguay, have said they will follow suit. Most of the world maintains embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the Jerusalem issue must first be resolved.”
It mentioned that many European countries skipped the pre-launch celebration on Sunday night at the new embassy and carried extensive quotes from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, who has “cut ties with the Trump administration and declared it unfit to mediate peace talks.”
It even quoted an Abbas aide saying the move was “based on lies,” and the Trump administration has “become part of the problem, not part of the solution.”
Although it traces carefully the reasoning behind Palestinian unrest, it does not mention the reasoning behind moving the embassy to Jerusalem. President Trump has explained he ordered the move because he said it took a key sticking point to negotiations off the table, fulfilled U.S. law and honored a campaign promise.
It also did not mention the move was hailed by many, including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, a longtime Trump critic.