When Is a Massacre Not a Massacre? 160

On the day the Israeli Defence Force massacred dozens of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza and maimed over 400 more, our media has carefully avoided the use of the word massacre. Here is a Google search of News I did five minutes ago on the word “massacre”.

A massacre occurred today in which more people were killed than at Glencoe. All of them were unarmed and the majority were well over a hundred yards from the border fence. It says everything about the kind of nightmare fascist state Israel now is, that if you look through those news results for “massacre”, the only mention you get of Palestinians is a claim by the Israeli Defence Force that the Palestinian Defence Forces were planning a massacre of Israelis.

The Turkish government have now come out with a statement condemning the massacre, and in the UK the Daily Express and the Daily Star have both reported that; but both have chosen to put the word “massacre” in the Turkish statement into inverted commas, as though it were not true.

The Western media far prefers the word “clashes” to “massacre”. Because those terrible Palestinians insist upon demonstrating against the continuing theft of all their land and resources, and keep attacking innocent Israeli bullets with their heads and bodies. If you look through the Google search of News this time for “clashes”, you discover that the western and Israeli media peculiarly have precisely the same preference for this entirely inappropriate word. That, again, is fascinating.

The gross injustice of the apartheid state of Israel appears immutable. The overwhelming force of the political and financial Establishment is behind Israel in the West, in the Russian oligarchy and even in most of the horribly corrupt leadership of Arab states. But the situation is not as dire as it seems, because the hold of those Establishment elites on the people they exploit has never been more shaky. Israel remains a touchstone issue. In order to help redress the terrible agony of the Palestinians, we must first effect a change in our own system of elite exploitation of the people at home. That change is coming.

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160 thoughts on “When Is a Massacre Not a Massacre?

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  • Jack

    Anyone having statistics how many demonstrators israel have killed past months since the protests began? Must be closer to 180-200?

    I mean just think about that, 200 people killed, and no reprecussion against the murderer. Thats due the propaganda Israel spread in the western msm as Craig also provided proof of in his post.

  • Ian Stevenson

    Just seen the Reverend Robert Jeffress opening the Embassy. The Reverend John Hagee was there too. Their’s is the most reactionary form of religion. It is incredible that President of a modern state can be represented by such people.

    • David Avi

      They’re not officially representing the President of the USA. Check it out!

      • Steampunk Gentleman

        What part of being invited to one case officiate at the Embassies opening by the State Department of the USA do you not understand?

        These vile bigots who want to see the Jews killed as part of their view of prophecy are being welcomed

        • N_

          They are welcomed by other vile “bigots” (rather a weak word in the circumstances), some of whom believe in the J_wish religious prophecies about the Last Times which involve the enslavement of one group by another.

          Regarding the opening of the new Burger-Muncher (BM) embassy building on territory occupied by the Nuclear-Armed Ethno-Settler State (NAESS) (which people must have been so cool to attend), Robert Jeffress said “We come before you, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, thanking you for bringing us to this momentous occasion in the life of your people and in the history of our world.”

          Got to wonder how soon it will be that some religious nutters help things on their way with some sarin, and when the famous “red heifer” will be born (if it hasn’t been born already).

          • N_

            Also I notice that the discourse is that these disgusting fascist Christian pastors from Burger Muncher Land who are obviously extremely supportive of Z__onism are somehow too anti “the J_ws”. I am struggling to imagine what kind of Christian pastor those who are spouting such a line would prefer had taken part in the ceremony. Any aspiring “journalists” might like to phone the ADL and ask! 🙂

    • Jerry Mac

      You mean like Obama-foo and his decades-long association with that maniac reverend Wright?

      Gotta keep it real, dude. And honest.

  • Suhayl Saadi

    Amusing to read the usual baloney of the Hasbara – damage-limitation exercise.

    There are many ways to exert mass crowd control that do not entail using live ammunition. This is not a ‘police action’. How many times have we seen this type of atrocity, over the years? It is normative.

    In any case, the situation vis a vis the Occupied Territories is the basic issue. Let us always remember that.

    • N_

      the situation vis a vis the Occupied Territories is the basic issue. Let us always remember that.

      The ones occupied in 1967 or 1948?

      The idea that there is an essential difference is hasbara. The same goes for the use of the word “settlement” to describe only settlements to the east of the 1967 line. What is a kibbutz (a foul racist institution if ever there was one) if not a settlement? Racist settlement has always been, and continues to be, a Z__ist practice.

  • Sharp Ears

    In answer to the question about statistics on killings and injuries since the Friday protests began:

    Gaza protests: All the latest updates
    Israeli forces kill at least 55 Palestinians protesting in Gaza as US moves embassy to Jerusalem.
    13 minutes ago

    ‘At least 55 Palestinians were killed on Monday in Gaza and more than 2,700 others wounded as the Israeli army fired live ammunition, tear gas and firebombs at protesters assembled along several points near the fence with Israel.

    The demonstrations, which coincided with protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, are part of a weeks-long movement calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.

    Since the protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed at least 104 Palestinians in the coastal enclave and wounded about 12,000 people.

    The protest comes ahead of the annual commemorations of the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, when the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948, in a violent campaign that led to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their villages.’

    14th May 2018

    Israel should be in the ICC at The Hague.

      • Jo Dominich

        I hope the Palestinian leadership file this and follow it through. i have no doubt the USA will try to find some way to stop it but the Palestinians should file a case against Donald Trump in the same Court – he knew what he was doing and did it deliberately contrary to the UN Resolutions and international agreements and laws. They should go for both of them because the situation is totally unacceptable and the matter is not being reported with any sort of accuracy in the MSM. The MSM in this country is now a shocking disgrace to any civilised nation – but of course, as it is in the majority owned by Murdoch who has just been given drilling rights by the Israeli Govt in the Golan Heights – which the UN state clearly is Syria’s land and is ‘occupied’ by Israel who have no rights there – we know how Murdoch is going to report this don’t we.

    • Michael Stead

      Astonishing and deeply disturbing. As you comment, Israel should be held accountable in the Hague.

  • Baalbek

    Who will admit that siding with the Syrian Ba’athists and carrying water for that murderous regime is akin to siding with the Likudists and the IDF? I realize seeing the Syrian war as a binary struggle between the Ba’athists and Sunni jihadis was a mistake. The situation is far more complex than that and I was wrong to side with what really is a despicable regime with a four decade history of murder and torture.

    It is impossible, after one takes the time to look at the evidence, to honestly condemn the Israeli mass killers while supporting the mass killers of the Syrian Ba’ath regime. To do so is to live a lie.

    But saving face and pretending they have access to all the facts is more important to many armchair pundits than admitting they made the wrong call on Syria. I don’t know exactly what the right call is, but I do know backing the Ba’athists was definitely wrong.

    This article is worth a read if you are interested in truth and able to transcend the ego’s obsessive need to be ‘right’ at any cost.

    • Cube

      Any article that starts with a photograph of the White Helmets and calls them the Syrian Civil Defense isn’t to be trusted. There’s been a civil defence organisation in Syria since the 1950s, and they aren’t the WH.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    While I don’t like the media’s coverage of the massacre, at least the BBC has photos of the unprovoked killings while the Beitish government has its leading stooges, like MI5 director Andrew Parker, chief media liar Frank Gardner, and Security Service hack Gordon Corera spinning the most incredible crap about Russia. It is not just a swamp. it’s an open sewer.

  • doug scorgie

    David Avi
    May 14, 2018 at 19:58

    “And that’s not to mention the increase in the Arab Israeli population.”

    What is wrong with an increase in the Arab Israeli population?
    Are Israeli dews racist?

  • John Goss

    Perhaps I should not say this but my parents brought me up to speak the truth. Israel and its military slaughter non-Israelis without compunction as though they are cattle at an abattoir.

  • Andrew Nichols

    And in keeping with this grotesque euphemistic atrocity, f..king PM Malcolm Turnbull here in Aus blames Hamas word fpor word repeating Israeli propaganda.

    • Jo Dominich

      Andrew, that is truly shocking – this has nothing to do with Hamas – a massacre of unarmed civilians in peaceful protest is just that. What does Malcolm Turnbull think he is doing?

  • Andrew Carter

    I blame Putin, who undoubtedly ordered this personally

    I base this assertion on the following irrefutable facts:

    1. The terrorists shot by the heroic IDF were ‘of a kind developed in Russia’ (i.e. sentient and courageous)

    2, The Israeli response was legitimate and proportionate, insofar as Palestinian ‘Untermenschen’ basically don’t matter

    3. Donald knows best – and if you disagree, we’ll sanction your Banking system until you no longer disagree

    4. Basically, Black is the new White, and everything you have been told which runs contrary to my preferred narrative is essentially Fake News (and probably sponsored by Iran)

    5. Shut up, you tiresome oik! Haven’t you got taxes to pay?

    On this basis – clearly established in International Law (well, if recent Judgements in the Hague are anything to go by) – Might is Right and if you’d care to challenge that notion, you are welcome to do so from the other side of the grave.

  • Jo Dominich

    I have to say I cannot express strongly enough the fury I feel at the events of yesterday. i am sick and tired of listening to Netanyahoo blame the Palestinians, Hamas and anybody else and the MSM in the west report his words faithfully whilst the world watches Israel commit massacres (yes the one at Jenine uncovered by Medicin St Frontieres conveniently gets forgotten), kill innocent unarmed Palestinians who have a right to demonstrate peacefully. What made me even more sick and distressed was the sight of that war criminal and terrorist Netanyahoo smiling and laughing whilst at the opening of the US Embassy arrogant in his gloating and goading of the Palestinians – he is a man who is thoroughly enjoying the massacre of innocent Palestinians and is happy to thrust that happiness in their faces. When are the UN going to take action – sanctions, sending peace keeping forces in, bombing Tel Aviv a la style USA/UK. Enough for God’s sake is enough. Not a word of condemnation from our Govt – they should immediately cancel Trump’s visit to this country next month. Trump moving the USA Embassy to Jerusalem is an act of international terrorism – he knew what the consequences would be but he chose to support his masters – the Israeli Government. Shame on them all – but that means nothing to them without formal UN action against the USA and Israel.

  • Vik Novak

    Well said Mr Murray, you have put words to my thoughts although I’ve not picked up on the cowardly use of the word “clashes”. One thought occurs: are the relatively small numbers of Israli citizens who protest their government’s treatment of the Palestinians thought of as being antisemitic?

  • Konrad E. Wolter

    Simply makes me vomit….

    Thanks Craig to help people to see what’s happen.

  • angry mom

    I would like to know how many have been shot and left crippled by the IDF with their SHOOT TO CRIPPLE POLICY !!

  • Ingwe

    As, for some reason, my last post in reply to a poster who referred, correctly, to the apartheid South Africa having been flushed down the u-tube of history (their post also now removed, I see) let me just remind you of the statement in the 1961 Manifesto of Umkhonto we Sizwe:
    ‘The time comes in the life of any people when there remain two choices; to submit or to fight.’

    For the Palestinian people, that time has come.

  • Christine Smith

    I hope you’re right Craig. I share your posts on fb but get no likes or comments. I like and retweet on Twitter but don’t have enough followers to make any difference. This terrible massacre is the latest in a long line of crimes against the Palestinians. Its so frustrating to see the misrepresentation of the truth by media, politicians and the establishment, but this like the Russiaphobia which has been whipped up recently has ratcheted up the propaganda to a level I’ve never seen before. Maybe they’re panicking because more and more ordinary real people are waking up. I hope so!

  • Gorren

    The only purpose of a gun and bullet is to kill an animal or a person. There could have been other ways to counter Palestinian anger not least by dialogue and respect for long held opinions based on injustices created by the western powers in the recent past. Judaism is a religion like all the others it is not a land or the possession of a land to the exclusion of all other religions. Ideally a religion should be a very personal internally held and contained state of mind. It can never be a vast tract of land or have a society based around something which is internal to the though processes of the religious individuals. It is always very sad to see the continuing violence especially when the premise is based on a religion. The Palestinians have been dealt a very bad deal starting with the ignorance of Lord Balfour and ever continuing with the likes of Trump. It is shameful that we have such leaders it seems to prove that we don’t care that much about justice.

  • Rhys Jaggar

    I must say in this matter I still rest by one of my first contributions to the blogosphere nearly twenty years ago, expressing a hope that someone would build up and maintain an honest NET MURDERING INDEX for the troubles, as measured by NMI = (palestinians murdered by Israelis) – (Israelis murdered by Palestinians).

    Robert Fisk did choose to quote some numbers soon after, but the media is not interested in the main in evidence-based holding to account.

    A shame, because Israel would emerge far worse than Palestine on that score…..

    • Marji

      for reliable heartbreaking statistics and facts on Israel Palestine, including the death toll. Almost 10 thousand Palestinians murdered by the Israeli regime since 2000

  • Heartsupwards

    No protest would be listened to or given media voice. The European and North American public have a course of action they can take. One day a month strike, surely, is manageable? better still a planetary sit-in!! stop the traffic. Bring the cities to a halt. We can do that. That would be down to us. otherwise doing nothing is complicit with the crimes.

  • Sharp Ears

    O’Brien on LBC this morning had difficulty in getting a J**ish caller from Jerusalem to agree that Hagee and Jeffress (the evangelical Chrtistian Zionists) were invited to the embassy opening and that they were not there by accident! They led the opening and closing prayers.

    You can hear them on here.

    Apparently, the vote from the evangelical section of the US population is massive. $1.9trillion sloshes around in their ‘churches’ and even the NRA is a donor to them. Trump needs their vote.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Here in America, also known as Hitler Light, I have found no coverage now of the Massacre in the Occupied Territories, andworld reaction to it. I only saw balanced BBC coverage of it, especially the US blocking an investigation though without any mention of Nikki Haley’s role in it. So good to live in Nazi land now!

  • TFS

    You keep thinking that the people of the world cant sort this out. They can, they just CANT BE BOTHERED.

    Here is a sure fire way to capture their minds and move to solving this mess.

    Change your search engine settings from Google.
    Dump Facebook.
    Stop buying American goods.

    They’ll hear loud and clear, although there is just ONE PROBLEM.


  • Mary Paul

    Just for clarification for my own information – which countries officially designate Hamas as a terrorist group?

  • Damien Stone

    I just want to thank you for all you’re doing. I can’t remember a time when there hasn’t been a better reason to smash the radio against the wall and disconnect the TV. There are a lot of angry people around but given the “hostile environment” created by our masters and the remorseless lies and false stories being presented by the BBC as fact – I can see that many many people are too scared to say what they really think on Social Media. You however are an example to us all and your outstanding bravery is humbling.

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