Wednesday, January 23

Video: Pals fire rockets, mortars, guns at Israeli news crew

(Israel Channel 2 Television/YouTube)

An Israeli TV news crew reporting from Kibbutz Ein Hashlosha near Gaza on Jan. 15 was attacked and pinned down by Palestinian snipers shooting from Gaza.

Interestingly enough, this hasn't been featured in the mainstream media - either in Israel or abroad.

Were this to have been a foreign news crew - or any news team for that matter - other than Israelis it would have made headlines worldwide, as similar stories have been reported in the past.

Hmmm. Odd, that. Can't quite figure out why. Journo and editor colleagues - any ideas why the underportage here? Could it be because they're Je-... nahhhh. Couldn't be, right?

I don't know the individuals in that crew, but I can imagine that they aren't making a lot out of it because of professional pride. But who knows what's being said at morning editorial meetings, and around the bar after hours.

But I have covered that area, and have been present at similar locations when we (reporters) were warned not to venture into the open, for fear if sniping attacks like this.

It is a damning indictment of the international media based in the area, and Israel provincialism not to scream to the high heavens over this, and demand Reporters Without Borders intervene, or at least issue a statement denouncing the attack - pallid and neutered as it may well be.

HT: Backspin


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