With exceptions, the British media have reported two versions of the Israeli invasion of Gaza. The Anglo-American Left, Jewish peace groups and charity workers have tended to write of an attack by Israel on ‘the Palestinians’, with much concern over breaches of human rights, accusations of war crimes, references to genocide and even comparisons with Nazism. The mainstream media, by contrast, have tended to speak of the invasion as a seriously disproportionate response to provocative missile attacks by Hamas, with an emphasis on Palestinian casualties (especially children) but an underlying sense that there might be two points of view.
Reuters UK today published an interesting online report, ‘Hamas accused of torture death of Gaza critic‘. The article makes several points:
1) The main story is that a Palestinian man accused Hamas militants of ‘torturing and killing his brother for publicly criticising them.’ The dead man, ‘a teacher, was a supproter fo the Fatah movement…’
2) According to the report, ‘About 1,300 Palestinians were killed, according to a Gaza human rights group, of whom over 700 were civilians.’ This is one of the first non-Israeli sources I have seen referring tonon-civilian casualties in such numbers.
3) ‘The Israeli daily Haaretz reported on Thursday that Hamas “executed several dozen civilians” during and after Israel’s assault on Gaza. Soem were members of Fatah, but others were not politically affiliated.’