by Tom Gross
In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and the Mideast, has been full of stories about "activist boats sailing to
The BBC World Service even led its world news broadcasts with this story at one point over the weekend. (The BBC yesterday boasted that its global news audience has now risen to 220 million persons a week, making it by far the biggest news broadcaster in the world.)
Indeed the BBC and other prominent Western media regularly lead their viewers and readers astray with accounts of a non-existent "mass humanitarian catastrophe" in Gaza.
What they won't tell you about are the fancy new restaurants and swimming pools of
Here, courtesy of the Palestinian Ma'an news agency, is a report on
If you pop into the Roots Club in
The restaurant's website in Arabic gives a window into middle class dining and the lifestyle of Hamas officials in
And here is a promotional video of the club restaurant . In case anyone doubts the authenticity of this video, I just called the club in
In a piece for The Wall Street Journal last year, I documented the "after effects" of a previous "emergency
But the mainstream liberal international media won't report on any of this. Playing the manipulative game of the BBC is easy: if we had their vast taxpayer funded resources, we too could produce reports about parts of
Of course there is poverty in
But the way that many prominent Western news media are deliberately misleading global audiences and systematically creating the false impression that people are somehow starving in Gaza, and that it is all Israel's fault, can only serve to increase hatred for the Jewish state – which one suspects was the goal of many of the editors and reporters involved in the first place.
Tom Gross is a former
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