This was covered on The Real News, and since I don't watch too much Mainstream Media news, I presumed I just had happened not to see it. But i was wrong.
I tried to find this story on Google, and in the first fifty results NOT ONE Mainstream Media outlet had covered the story, not even Al Jazeera; instead we're supposed to find out key facts about the world, such as a state being accused of apartheid, from small-time donation-funded news services (which are awesome, but only a few thousand people are regular viewers of The Real News) and someone's blog.
That really made me angry because the Mainstream Media bias in the West towards Israel is bad enough, without news organisations failing to cover a major accusation like this one. The silence is deafening.
(Image: Palestinian medical official carrying an infant. The humanitarian situation in Palestine is a disaster, but the corporate media would rather focus on Hezbollah and how they threaten the west. See link at the end of this post for more photos from Palestine.)
Israel has treated the Palestinians like dirt over the last three decades in particular. Their houses are destroyed, they are denied medical care, cut off from outside humanitarian support by roadblocks and forced to accept Israeli attack after attack on their land and people. No wonder some people want to fight back.
But when they do, the western corporate media will be the first to bring you reports of these savage Islamists who are a danger to the world, and to the peaceful people of Israel (that last bit always gets me).
Or when Ahmedinejad is mistakenly translated as having said Israel should be wiped off the map, when he said "Zionism should be wiped off the map". Not all Zionism, but at least militant Zionism, is a dangerous ideology every bit as much so as Islamofascism, and the world would be a better place to see the back of it.
AIPAC has hijacked the pro-Israeli movement and is using it to call for more military action against Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Thankfully there are some moderate Jews/Israelis willing to speak out against Israel's aggressive military policy.
Israeli apologists, however, would rather talk about the dangerous new anti-Semitism taking over the world. (Can you tell I don't buy it? What about the new anti-Islamic phenomenon?)
All racism is horrible, and there are two sides to the Palestine conflict, but when only one side is supported in our media, I feel justified to be a little outraged and hungry for the truth.