Not an insignificant detail.
But special mention should be made that in addition to the omission, Izzidien misleads New York Times readers outright:
The Israeli government views the tunnels as an illegal smuggling route and often targets them in airstrikes, which usually trap and kill workers.Since we have already seen that precision is not a concern of Izzidien, the reader is left with:
- The implication that Israel opposes anything being smuggled in, including food and essentials
- The implication that Israel bombs the tunnels on a regular basis
- The implication that Israel bombs the tunnels indiscriminately
- The implication that "workers" (as opposed to terrorists) are killed in the tunnels often
- May 2: Israel forces bomb open area, fire on south Gaza Strip
At dawn in the northern Gaza Strip, Israeli military aircraft fired on open lands near the border area, the army and locals said.
An Israeli military statement said the airstrike targeted a tunnel used by militants, and was in response to two rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Tuesday night.
- May 17: Medics: Man suffocates in Gaza tunnel
- May 20: Medics: Man dies in Gaza tunnel fall
And since Izzidien did not see fit to get the Israeli side of the story, here is a response from Sacha Dratwa, an Israeli spokesperson, to an email:
I can't provide specifics regarding number of strikes. However, the claim that the IDF "often" targets these tunnels is patently false. IDF activity in the Gaza Strip is a method of actively preventing the indiscriminate rocket fire against Israeli civilians; 272 of these rockets landed in Israel this year alone and 627 landed in Israel last year.Pity the poor reader who relies on The New York Times and Ruqaya Izzidien for the whole story.
In the limited instances when tunnels are targeted, it is because they are used for terror purposes, such as smuggling in the increasingly complex weapons that have expanded the rocket range to over one million Israel civilians. The tunnel "industry" facilitated this rapid expansion, increasing the range of the rockets ten-fold in under a decade.
Technorati Tag: Israel and Gaza and Hamas and Media Bias.