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October 30, 2011

When Did the Latest Violence Start?

In the latest round of rocket fire and Israeli army strikes against rocket-launching cells, many media outlets have published chronologically challenged reports. Take, for instance, the following CNN report:

CNN latest violence.jpg

According to the second paragraph:

The violence began when two Islamic Jihad commanders were among seven militants killed Saturday by Israeli strikes targeting a training camp in Rafah, Gaza, a spokesman for the militant group and medical sources reported.

In fact, the violence began Wednesday, when Palestinians fired a rocket which landed near Ashdod, setting off sirens as far north as Rishon Letzion. Some schools in southern Israel were closed Thursday, keeping 3000 children home and close to their shelters. As the AFP reported last Thursday:

The Israeli air force carried out three raids early Thursday on the Gaza Strip after a rocket was launched from the Hamas-controlled territory at southern Israel, witnesses said.

The raids targeted areas east and west of Khan Yunes in the south of the Strip, and a base of Hamas's armed wing the Al-Qassam Brigades was hit, they said.

An Israeli army spokesman confirmed that aircraft had "attacked three terrorist sites in the Gaza Strip as well as an arms factory in the south of the territory."

A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip late Wednesday at an area near Ashdod in southern Israel, without causing any casualties, a militaryspokeswoman said earlier.

The firing of the Grad rocket and the subsequent air raids were the first incidents since Israel and Hamas reached an agreement last week under which Israel agreed to release 1,027 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for its captured soldier Gilad Shalit.

This wouldn't be the first time that CNN misreported what started the violence.

Posted by TS at October 30, 2011 07:01 AM


I posted a roundup of various similar international headlines (and non-headlines) about the missile fire on my own blog. It happens every time Israel responds to any attack by terrorists.

It doesn't make any difference how often we point out the distortions. The MSM make no corrections and pay no attention to us.

Posted by: anneinpt at October 30, 2011 08:34 AM

CNN's video is even more egregious in its lie: repeatedly stating that Israel started the attacks, both in audio and in the banner along the bottom. They claimed that the rocket attack was "revenge" for the air strike intended to stop fuirther rocket attacks.

I wrote to the editor.

Posted by: Dr. Ron Polland at October 30, 2011 08:59 AM

In addition to the inaccurate reporting of facts, CNN further slants the story with an imaage of the weeping Palestinian. Where is the image of Moshe Ami, a father murdered by the latest terrorist attacks on Israel?

Posted by: Jewess at October 30, 2011 01:10 PM

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