This cartoon from the Business Day (22/05/2007) aptly illustrates the rancid brand of intellectual fashion that typifies large swaths of the South African media.
The recent internecine violence in Gaza has brought the number of Palestinians violently killed by Palestinians this year to 270. During the month of May some 213 Qassam rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel.
Israel only responded on 4 of the 25 days during which Qassam’s were fired. (Facts according to Elder of Ziyon who has keeps a Qassam calendar for every month, with links to news articles confirming his statistics.)
So despite the relentless violence between Hamas and Fatah, the poison from Brandon’s pen oozes only towards Israel.
There is virtually no disagreement that Hamas deliberately provoked Israel, drawing them into the violence in order to deflect attention away from the Hamas -Fatah mayhem, uniting them against a common enemy. But alas, it is only Israeli PM Ehud Olmert who is lampooned for stewing up the problems both in Gaza this year and Lebanon last year. Once again the Palestinians are not held responsible for anything.
Visit Honest Reporting for more on the distorted coverage of Gaza.
Update @ 28/05
I was incorrect in asserting that Israel has only responded on 4 days this month in which Qassams were fired into Israel. Elder of Ziyon, who I got the information from, has responded, "I apologise, but once Israel started firing back this month they continued every day."