Globe & Mail Reporter Tells Of Sombre Mood Of Palestinians In Judea & Samaria (West Bank) Because Of War In Gaza, While Ignoring Their Enthusiastic Support for Hamas’ Massacres

April 12, 2024

An April 9 article in The Globe and Mail entitled: “For Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza, Eid brings no prospect of joy under the shadow of war,” written by International Correspondent Nathan Vanderklippe, managed to spend nearly 800 words, all while saying almost nothing of consequence at all.

Vanderklippe’s report told the story of Palestinians in Judea & Samaria (called the “West Bank” by news media outlets) who share that, as a result of the ongoing Hamas-Israel war, their marking of the Islamic holiday of Eid will be one not of celebration, but of “sombre solidarity” with Gazans.

Vanderklippe quoted one man in Gaza, Akram Abu Dayyeh, complaining that people there “eat the food of animals,” including barley, a strange item to mention in order to ostensibly gain sympathy among readers, given that barley is entirely edible and an appropriate food used to make stews, soups and bread.

Hamas is mentioned only once in Vanderklippe’s report, and only in the context of the terrorist group’s October 7 massacre, and not as a combatant in the war in Gaza.

The thrust of Vanderklippe’s article can be summarized thusly: as the Hamas-Israel war continues.

Another man, near Bethlehem, is quoted by Vanderklippe as saying that “Israel has deprived Palestinians of any kind of joy,” and another man who said “If someone celebrates, they will be told, ‘shame upon you.’”

Those sombre feelings in Judea and Samaria are a far cry from the euphoric celebrations seen there (and in Gaza), following Hamas’ massacres throughout southern Israel on October 7, when thousands of terrorists invaded the country, murdering, raping, torturing and kidnapping innocent Israelis.

A cruel irony is that the current war would end almost immediately if Hamas surrendered and freed the roughly 130 Israeli hostages it still holds, but Palestinians, according to polling data, have expressed widespread satisfaction that Hamas made the right decision to launch the war.

A public opinion survey in Palestinian Authority-controlled Judea and Samaria in March of 2024 found that nearly three-quarters of respondents said that Hamas’ massacre on October 7 was the right decision and a similar number believes Hamas will emerge victorious over Israel in the war.

As with so many reports of Gaza, Vanderklippe presented Hamas’ propaganda casualty numbers with more credibility than they deserve, writing that “Palestinian authorities have counted more than 33,000 people killed in Gaza.”

While Vanderklippe is free to mention those figures, if he chooses to do so, he is equally obligated to mention that the “authorities” are none other than Hamas authorities, via their so-called “Gaza Ministry of Health.” Additionally, those numbers are unverified, statistically implausible, and do not differentiate between civilians and combatants. Nor do they account for Palestinians killed by Palestinian fire (1000+ rockets have prematurely landed in Gaza), or how Israel says 13,000 Palestinians terrorists have been killed by the IDF.

Regrettably, Vanderklippe failed to provide any of that context, leaving readers with the false impression that Hamas disinformation is credible.

Nathan Vanderklippe’s April 9 article in The Globe and Mail drew an emotional picture of Palestinians living in Judea and Samaria expressing sadness for human suffering in Gaza, all while ignoring their widespread support for Hamas, which caused and continues to perpetuate the war.

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