September 25, 2013
The demonization of the IDF: the truth must be revealed
Last Friday, Reuters reported that IDF soldiers "threw sound grenades at a group of diplomats, aid workers and locals in the occupied West Bank, and yanked a French diplomat out of the truck before driving away with its contents." The Diplomat, Marion Castaing, was quoted saying: "They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity. This is how international law is being respected here."
According to the report, Khirbet Al-Makhul, where this incident occurred, "was home to about 120 people. The army demolished their ramshackle houses, stables and a kindergarten on Monday after Israel's high court ruled that they did not have proper building permits." And added that "Israeli soldiers stopped the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) delivering emergency aid on Tuesday and on Wednesday IRCS staff managed to put up some tents but the army forced them to take the shelters down."
This article was posted on a website of an international news agency, which is supposed to be impartial. However, it is nothing but another biased news report that serves the anti-Israeli propaganda. Time and time again, foreign media fall into the anti-Israeli web of lies and instead of being a messenger of truth, the guardian of democracy; it disguises opinions and biased points of view as solid facts.
Reuters assumed that no one will ask any questions. They assumed that no one will care that the gun in the picture is not really aimed at the diplomat, or that she and her fellow foreign diplomats bused their diplomatic privileges, or that the IDF soldiers are 18 and 19 year old teenagers who were trained to defend and protect, not to offend. As readers, we tend to accept news reports as solid, impartial truth, but we must remember that news are created by people with certain opinions. When it comes to Israel, the media enjoys feeding us with lies or partial truths, and sell us the story of an aggressor and a victim. It is a story readers find easy to "swallow," instead of the very complicated truth.
The IDF exists to protect us, the citizens of Israel, from the enemies surrounding us and wishing that there will be no Israel. Time and time again, they have publicly called for our deaths, and our high school graduates sacrifice three years of their lives and recruit the army to prevent it from happening. IDF soldiers are trained to protect, defend and keep us safe, not to abuse innocents. If and when a soldier forgets his role in the IDF, he is being punished accordingly, for the IDF has zero tolerance for such actions.
What we need to do is always remember to ask the right questions, and reveal the real story behind the headlines. But we mustn't stop there! We have to share the truth with others, so that those who haven't asked themselves the right questions will also know the whole truth.