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Ten Things The Huffington Post Got Wrong About Gaza (Actually Thirteen, but Who’s Counting?)
The Hebrew name for Israel’s current retaliatory operation in Gaza is “Amud Annan” which is being translated as “Pillar of Defense” but actually means, “Pillar of Cloud,” in reference to the pillar of cloud mentioned in the Bible that protected the Israelites as they left Egypt and slavery.
A cloud does surround Pillar of Defense, however, a cloud of media misrepresentation and selective, misleading reporting. One particularly egregious example is The Huffington Post’s Nov. 15 piece, “Ten Things You Need to Know About Gaza,” written by Mehdi Hasan, political director of The Huffington Post UK. Each one of Hasan’s ten points is at best misleading, at worst, false.
But before we get to them, let’s begin with Hasan’s introductory paragraph.
Hasan uses quotation marks around the words “in retaliation” to describe Pillar of Defense. This implies that the operation is not in fact retaliation against rocket, mortar and missile fire into Israel. According to the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, since the beginning of 2011, there have been over 1,100 rocket hits in Israel. Israel’s current actions are in retaliation for those attacks.
As President Obama stated in a press conference in Thailand on Nov. 18:
“Let’s understand what the precipitating event here was that’s causing the current crisis, and that was an ever-escalating number of missiles that were landing not just in Israeli territory but in areas that are populated. And, there is no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. So we are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself from missiles landing on people’s homes and workplaces and potentially killing civilians and we will continue to support Israel’s right to defend itself.”