so I still haven’t commented on the “Gaza Crisis” or “Gaza War” that has already been addressed as “Channukah War”by some bloggers. What I did do meanwhile is I started wearing my small Hamsa-pendant againwhich I got as a gift one and a half year ago at a kibbutz at Gaza’s northern boarder when travelling the region surrounding the Gaza strip. Back then it was given to me by a rather nationalist by good-souled Israeliwho was pretty superstitious and wanted to have us protected from Qassam rockets hitting the region even back then – it was a couple of month after Hamas’ takeover of Gaza. When I returned from Israel I would wear the thing day and night as a reminder of my time in Israel as much as because I figured out thatif it protected me from Qassamim it’d easily protect me from everything I could possibly be confronted with back in Middle Europe. So basically I became that European Pagan wearing a Hamsa instead of the Pentacle you might expect. And in fact up to today I always have a Hamsa hanging in my home; it just doesn’t feel complete and homely without one though I don’t really feel the symbol would protect me; it’s more of the memories connected with it that comfort me.
Anyhow I switched it with another pendant, connected with some other memory, just some month ago but when I came back from my holiday and found Israel at war I felt I had to wear it again. In fact for the very first time I even considered wearing that small silver Star of DavidI bought at Yad Vashem for the idea of “perhaps feeling like wearing it one day or the other”. I have worn it only once and only for a couple of hours, I guess mostly because I wanted to know how it felt wearing it. So I am wearing my Hamsa again and I will likely keep doing so until Gaza and Southern Negev residents have left their safe rooms and bomb shelters and the IDF soldiers are safely back home with their families.
As I ambrabbeling all this minimal-interesting nonsense I am watching CNN’s broadcast on Israel moving into Gaza. I started doing so a couple of hours ago instead of watching a neat movie and looking at the same and same clips over and over something curious struck me: This was actually pro-Israeli! Being used topeople criticising Israel– though I have been subject to that way less the other bloggers obliviously – firstly it was really refreshing hearing CNN London’s moderator empathising Israel’s point of view over and over. It feels good having her speak up against some Palestinian Fatah-politicianwho’s talking all that bunch of nonsense about Hamas being ready for a ceasefire (“But we didn’t see them stop the rocket fire at Israel. If they wanted a ceasefire why didn’t they just stop?”) going as far as the Fatah-guy disappearing in the telephone’s disconnected beeps. Damn, it does sure feel great hearing that! Though hard to believe that there might finally be a friend of Israel’s in the international media landscape.
But then after an hour or so something else attracted my interest: I wasn’t hearing a single Palestinian voicethat wasn’t nothing save ridiculous. All those Arab and Palestinian representatives interviews were exactly what your random Israeli ultra-right-winger would discribe to you, they were loud and aggressive and what they said just wouldn’t make any sense while CNN’s host was clearly dominating every of the interviews. Meanwhile whenever the same host would talk to an Israeli representative she wouldn’t ask any questions that could possibly put them in serious trouble. And believe me: There’d be more then enough of that. As much as I hated to admit it to myself I had to accept that in fact CNN was not the “Good Samarian” to Israel but rather doing just what I had always considered it doing for the US: They were broadcasting plain propaganda. Pro-Israel propaganda, for what ever reason.
It gets worse then that: Imagine watching CNN’s not all too neutral broadcasting being pro-Palestinian. You needn’t be all to extremely pro-Palestinian – not like the demonstrators shouting “allahu akbar” and “Israel Terrorist” in my hometown today – to spot propaganda there. And if Israel needs propaganda it sure doesn’t look all to good to all of those already a little concerned with Israel’s alleged human rights issues.In fact this is the best any Zionist-World-Conspiracy-weirdo could possibly hope for,for yes, it does look like somebody bribed CNN into supporting Israel. I wouldn’t, in fact, be surprised if that was the case yet not for the reason of the Zionist World Conspiracy or something that way but rather for mere (domestic?) political and commercial interests perhaps affiliated with the weapon’s industry or other evenly morale institutions.
So to me CNN is finally back to where it was a couple of hours ago: A nice source for those most important breaking news broken down to a single line of text and a couple of nice pictures but more then that mostly usable as comedy. Sometimes what seems to be a friend at the first glimpse turns out to be your worst enemyin the end. And vice versa.
I am sending by best wishes to the Southern Negev’s and Gaza’s residents along with the Israeli soldiers currently moving into Gaza and their families and hope from the depth of my heard that the battle will be over soon with the best possible outcomefor everybody involved. Well, everybody save Hamas, that’s a given.