The number of Israeli fatalities in the most recent round of slaughter in Gaza, which will hopefully be ending with ceasefire agreement that has been signed in Cairo, is given by ‘Al Jazeera’, which states, “five Israelis have been killed by rockets fired from Gaza since November 14.” Therefore, we might be forgiven for shaking our heads in disbelief when we read in today’s ‘Guardian” that the conflict has “claimed almost 150 lives on both sides, including 140 Palestinians.”
This is gobbledygook discourse and quite on a par with the ‘Independent’ which claims that the ceasefire came at a time when a bomb blast in Tel Aviv left “more than 20 people injured, two seriously that More than 20 people were injured, two seriously.” Of course, such is the nature of the mainstream media’s reporting on the conflict that if a twenty-first person had suffered so much as a cut finger in the bombing it would have been exploited to the full and we might wonder as to the nature of the injuries suffered by the “seriously injured”.
Indeed, elsewhere we can read “twenty-one people were injured, two in moderate to serious condition, rest sustain light wounds” and all of that under a heading which states “Terror attack: Blast on Tel Aviv bus, 28 hurt:”. However, there should be no confusion, even if this type of discourse almost lacks coherence, after all this media hype is even more blatant than it was at any time during Max Amman’s and Dr Goebbels’ heyday. Anyway, just to set the record straight, the conflict has claimed almost a 150 Palestinian lives, many of whom were women and children, and five Israeli lives, one of whom was a Bedouin security worker and who was, at best, normally considered a third-class citizen by the racist Zionist state.