UPDATES

Media Week – Behind the Times; The plagues of Egypt

Aug 30, 2013 | Allon Lee

Media Week - Behind the Times; The plagues of Egypt
news_item/spin640____________________________________________.jpg

Behind the times

A news brief in the Sydney Morning Herald and Age (Aug. 22) reporting that a Palestinian man in the Jenin refugee camp was killed by Israeli soldiers who “faced protesters” as they tried to arrest an Islamic Jihad member suspected of planning terrorist attacks lacked context and balance.

No Israeli officials were quoted, but Jenin’s governor was, accusing Israeli troops of “shooting at people and houses, and shooting in cold blood”.

But as noted by a New York Times report on the incident (which included a link to video footage) a whole two days before our own papers, the death occurred as a result of armed Palestinians opening fire from behind covers and rooftops on the Israeli soldiers, who then responded with live fire. This was no mere “protest”.

The plagues of Egypt

ANU Professor Ramesh Thakur (Canberra Times, Aug. 16) accused the West of double standards for not protesting vigorously enough the ouster of Egypt’s democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, before adding the non-sequitur that the “Palestinians were collectively punished for daring to elect Hamas to power in Gaza.”

In fact, Hamas won the 2006 parliamentary elections conducted in both the West Bank and Gaza. Hamas’ refusal to recognise Israel, renounce violence and accept past agreements signed by the Palestinian Authority resulted in the West shunning direct contact with Hamas but instead channelling aid via the democratically-elected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas from the rival Fatah faction.

The intense rivalry with Fatah saw Hamas launch a bloody coup in May 2007 in Gaza, kicking out Fatah loyalists. But in Thakur’s world, this amounts to Hamas being “elected” in Gaza, and then “collectively punished.”

Reporting on the Egyptian military’s bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, Ruth Pollard maintained that the United States “has consistently refused to label the actions to remove Dr Mursi as a coup as that would force it to suspend aid – a move many fear could bring an end to the Camp David accords that govern Egypt’s often tense relationship with its neighbour, Israel.”

This is extremely simplistic. While the potential to undermine the peace treaty may be one aspect to the US reluctance to cut aid, it is most unlikely that the Egyptian military would risk war with Israel by abrogating the treaty regardless of what the US says. The main argument for continuing aid has been the risk of the US losing all influence with Egypt’s rulers and also potentially seeing Cairo pursue Moscow’s patronage, (Age/Sydney Morning Herald, Aug. 16).

Meanwhile, in the Australian (Aug. 16) academic expert Fouad Ajami offered a rare insight into the conspiracy-laden mindset of many of the Egyptians who supported Morsi’s removal from power, writing how they saw the “rise of the Brotherhood was an American plot, they maintained, part of an American scheme to subjugate Egypt and deny it its place among the nations. Political Islam itself was disowned, turned into an American creation. Mohammed Morsi had kept the peace with Israel, brokered an accommodation between Hamas and Israel: This, too, became proof of this malignant American design.”

– Allon Lee

Tags:

RELATED ARTICLES


Palestinian Red Crescent workers from Al-Najjar Hospital in the city of Rafah, south of the Gaza Strip, on January 10, 2024 (Image: Shutterstock)

Hamas’ impossible casualty figures

Mar 28, 2024 | Update
455daec3 C2a8 8752 C215 B7bd062c6bbc

After the Israel-Hamas ceasefire for hostages deal

Nov 29, 2023 | Update
Screenshot of Hamas bodycam footage as terrorists approach an Israeli vehicle during the terror organisation's October 7, 2023 attack in southern Israel, released by the IDF and GPO (Screenshot)

Horror on Video / International Law and the Hamas War

Oct 31, 2023 | Update
Sderot, Israel. 7th Oct, 2023. Bodies of dead Israelis lie on the ground following the attacks of Hamas (Image: Ilia Yefimovich/dpa/Alamy Live News)

Israel’s Sept. 11, only worse

Oct 11, 2023 | Update
Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu (r) gets his long-awaited face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden in New York (Photo: Avi Ohayon, Israeli Government Press Office)

Netanyahu meets Biden, other world leaders, in New York

Sep 27, 2023 | Update
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, who gave an address on Aug. 28 threatening the US and laying out the Iranian-led axis's new "unity of the arenas" doctrine. (Photo: Shutterstock, mohammad kassir)

US-Iran prisoner swap deal set to go through

Sep 12, 2023 | Update

SIGN UP FOR AIJAC EMAILS

RECENT POSTS

A barge transporting humanitarian aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation off the coast of Gaza (Image: IDF)

Aid Worker tragedy should not be misused

Foreign Minister Sen. Penny Wong at the ANU, Canberra (Image: Australian National University)

Peace won’t be achieved through speeches like Penny Wong’s

Screenshot 2024 04 11 At 1.28.31 Pm

“You have to be very careful what you wish for”: Joel Burnie discusses FM Penny Wong’s comments on a Palestinian state on Sky News

Screenshot 2024 04 11 At 12.32.49 Pm

FM Penny Wong is “reinforcing extremism”: Dr Colin Rubenstein on Sky News

A destroyed section of Al-Shifa Hospital (image: screenshot)

The tragic history of Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital

A barge transporting humanitarian aid from the World Central Kitchen organisation off the coast of Gaza (Image: IDF)

Aid Worker tragedy should not be misused

Foreign Minister Sen. Penny Wong at the ANU, Canberra (Image: Australian National University)

Peace won’t be achieved through speeches like Penny Wong’s

Screenshot 2024 04 11 At 1.28.31 Pm

“You have to be very careful what you wish for”: Joel Burnie discusses FM Penny Wong’s comments on a Palestinian state on Sky News

Screenshot 2024 04 11 At 12.32.49 Pm

FM Penny Wong is “reinforcing extremism”: Dr Colin Rubenstein on Sky News

A destroyed section of Al-Shifa Hospital (image: screenshot)

The tragic history of Gaza’s al-Shifa Hospital

SORT BY TOPICS