Global National Reporter Tells Viewers The Hamas-Israel “Cycle of Violence” Is an Expression of Palestinian “Anger” Towards Israel

October 12, 2023

In the days following Hamas’ murderous rampage into southern Israel, which killed 1,300 innocent people at last count – it beggars repeating: the deadliest assault on the Jewish People since the Holocaust – some news outlets have sought to offer history into the fighting between Hamas and Israel.

And while such an effort may be worthwhile to give viewers the full breadth of Hamas’ war against Israel, it can also easily morph into providing a justification for Hamas’ grotesque terrorism. On October 11, Global National Broadcast a report dubbed: “Israel-Hamas conflict: The complex history of the Gaza Strip,” by National Affairs Correspondent Eric Sorensen

Early in the video, Mira Sucharov, a Carleton University professor who has spoken in support of the boycott movement against Israel, said that “the majority of residents of Gaza are refugees or descendant of refugees from 1948, when Israel was created.” Sorensen told viewers that after the United Nations (UN) Partition plan, “Arabs did not accept the partition, and in in subsequent fighting, Israel took over more territory.”

What Sorensen did not tell viewers was that the “subsequent fighting” he referred to was Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, when the newly reborn Jewish State was attacked by neighbouring Arab countries, who sought to destroy the young country.

Sorensen immediately added that “in the Six Day War of 1967, Israel took control of still more land, including the West Bank, the Golan Heights and from Egypt, the Gaza Strip and Sinai Peninsula,” once again failing to tell viewers that the Six Day War was yet another attempt by Israel’s Arab neighbours to destroy the Jewish State, and it was foiled only by Israel’s pre-emptive attack on the Egyptian & Syrian air forces, which were readying for an immediate strike.

Fast-forwarding to the 1980s, Sorensen said that in 1987, “Hamas was established as an armed resistance to Israel,” later referring to it as “both a political party and a military force,” and since Israel’s 2005 Disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Sorensen told viewers that “Hamas has launched multiple attacks into Israel over the last 15 years.”

In a report ostensibly aimed at providing much-needed background into the conflict between Hamas and Israel, Sorensen did not tell viewers that Hamas is an Islamist terrorist organization dedicated to the total destruction of Israel, and to replace it with a totalitarian Islamic theocratic state.

As for Sorensen’s statement that since 2005, “Hamas has launched multiple attacks into Israel,” this would also have been an excellent opportunity to inform the public about what exactly those “attacks” were, specifically indiscriminate rocket attacks against Israeli towns and cities, seeking to injure and murder as many Israelis as possible.

While Sorensen did mention the Disengagement, he said that since then, “Israel has continued to control the borders and almost everything that comes and goes.” It is important to distinguish that Gaza does not have ‘borders.’ Rather, its boundary is simply an armistice line where Israeli and Egyptian troops stopped fighting after the 1948 War of Independence. More importantly, Israel does not maintain full control over these boundaries, as the southwestern part of Gaza faces Egypt, not Israel.

However, it was the conclusion of Sorensen’s lesson that represented the low point of his report, when both he and a guest drew a false moral equivalence between Hamas terrorists and their victims.

Tami Jacoby, a professor at the University of Manitoba, referred to the “cycle of violence,” an indolent term which fails to offer any meaningful context that one side, Hamas, seeks the destruction of the other.

“The attack exploits long years of anger among Palestinians towards Israel,” falsely portraying Hamas’ genocidal war against Israel as simply the expression of legitimate frustration against Israeli governmental policies.

The people of Gaza will continue to suffer as long as Hamas remains in control of the enclave, and continues to mercilessly attempt to massacre as many Israeli civilians as possible, and as long as reports like Sorensen’s fail to correctly identify the difference between terrorists and their victims, they will continue to grossly misinform the public

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