Reality vs. Keith Locke

Keith Locke asked in parliament yesterday:

Is it OK to starve a whole population, to deny them the necessities of life, and virtually close down their entire economy?’

I am sick to death of the pinko lies over Gaza, so it is time for some real home truths.

Now most people who read the pinko mainstream media would think that Gaza resembles some sort of ghetto and the evil Israeli government are creating a concentration camp in Gaza. Google Gaza and look at the images and the whole first pages has images like the one on the left.

The media would have you believe that most Gazans live in abject squalor. The facts however are far from the bizarro alter-world that the BBC, Guardian and New Zealand Media would have you believe.

Tom Gross wrote a piece for the WSJ that shows the lies our media feeds us through their dishonest reporting.

It is difficult to turn on a TV or radio or pick up a newspaper these days, without finding some pundit or other deploring the dismal prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace or the dreadful living conditions of the Palestinians. Even supposedly neutral news reporters regularly repeat this sad tale. “Very little is changing for the Palestinian people on the ground,” I heard BBC World Service Cairo correspondent Christian Fraser tell listeners three times in a 45 minute period the other evening.

Gross goes on to outline the wealth and nation building going on in the West Bank, and a great deal of it is being paid for by the Israelis.

The truth is that an independent Palestine is now quietly being built, with Israeli assistance. So long as the Obama administration and European politicians don’t clumsily meddle as they have in the past and make unrealistic demands for the process to be completed more quickly than it can be, I am confident the outcome will be a positive one. (The last time an American president—Bill Clinton in 2000—tried to hurry things along unrealistically, it merely resulted in blowing up in everybody’s faces—literally—and set back hopes for peace by some years.)

Israelis and Palestinians may never agree on borders that will satisfy everyone. But that doesn’t mean they won’t live in peace. Not all Germans and French agree who should control Alsace Lorraine. Poles and Russians, Slovenes and Croats, Britons and Irish, and peoples all over the world, have border disputes. But that doesn’t keep them from coexisting with one another. Nor—so long as partisan journalists and human rights groups don’t mislead Western politicians into making bad decisions—will it prevent Israelis and Palestinians from doing so.

In Gaza things are different too, from the media would have us believe.

If you read more widely than the mainstream media or left-wing shout-fests or listen to opinions other than Keith Locke’s then you will gain a completely different view on the issues in Gaza. From Haifa Dairy:

In recent days, the international media, particularly in Europe and the Mid East, has been full of stories about “activist boats sailing to Gaza carrying desperately-needed humanitarian aid and building materials.”

The BBC World Service even led its world news broadcasts with this story at one point over the weekend. (The BBC yesterday boasted that its global news audience has now risen to 220 million persons a week, making it by far the biggest news broadcaster in the world.)

Yet the BBC and other media fail to report on the fancy new restaurants and swimming pools of Gaza, or about the wind surfing competitions on Gaza beaches, or the Strip’s crowded shops and markets.

What! Fancy restaurants? The people are starving I tell you. Except they aren’t.

No, this would spoil their agenda. Playing the manipulative game of the BBC is easy. If we had their vast taxpayer funded resources, we too could produce reports about parts of London, Manchester and Glasgow and make it look as though there is a humanitarian catastrophe throughout the UK. We could produce the same effect by selectively filming seedy parts of Paris and Rome and New York and Los Angeles too.
Of course there is poverty in Gaza. There is poverty in parts of Israel too. (When was the last time a foreign journalist based in Israel left the pampered lounge bars and restaurants of the King David and American Colony hotels in Jerusalem and went to check out the slum-like areas of southern Tel Aviv? Or the hard-hit Negev towns of Netivot or Rahat?)

But the way the BBC and other prominent Western news media are deliberately misleading global audiences and systematically creating the false impression that people are somehow starving in Gaza, and that it is all Israel’s fault, can only serve to increase hatred for the Jewish state – which one suspects was the goal of many of the editors and reporters involved in the first place.

Even Lonely Planet knows what is going on. They even have restaurant reviews.

If you drop by the Roots Club in Gaza, according to the Lonely Planet guidebook for Gaza and the West Bank, you can “dine on steak au poivre and chicken cordon bleu”.

Roots ClubThe restaurant’s website in Arabic gives a window into middle class dining and the lifestyle of Hamas officials in Gaza.

And here it is in English, for all the journalists, UN types and NGO staff who regularly frequent this and other nice Gaza restaurants (but don’t tell their readers about them).

Please take a look at the pictures on the above website. They are not the kind of things you see in The New York Times or CNN or in Newsweek, whose international edition last week had one of the most disgracefully misleading stories about Gaza I have ever seen, portraying it in terms which were virtually reminiscent of Hiroshima after a nuclear blast.

In case anyone doubts the authenticity of this information (which is up on the club’s own website), I just called the club in Gaza City and had a nice chat with the manager who proudly confirmed business is booming and many Palestinians and international guests are dining there.

The owners spent US$1.1 million in impoverished and hungry Gaza on Roots Club, very few entrepreneurs would blow that sort of cash unless there was expected to be a decent return or risk profile.

British journalist Lauren Booth once described the situation in Gaza was just like a “concentration camp,” and added that the “humanitarian crisis in Gaza is on the scale of Darfur.” You can see Lauren shopping for groceries in the “concentration camp” plus more pictures of Gaza’s “impoverished” shops.

Lauren Booth shopping in a "concentration camp"

Lauren Booth shopping in a "concentration camp"

Apparently also we are led to believe that Gaza is being slowly throttled to death by Israel because they allegedly forbid the importation of building materials. Pray tell, dear readers how they managed to build the restaurant above and an Olympic Swimming Pool.

The useful idiots of the left and their manipulators in the mainstream media and Palestinian organisations are lying to you all. They lie by omission, they lie by only presenting one side of the stories. In doing so they abandon Israel to the wolves because the reality is that the left-wing hates Jews.

Politicians like Keith Locke lie to us by asking stupid questions and taking at face value the lies of terrorists and thugs while at the same time discounting the views of Israelis as hopelessly corrupted.

It has clearly escaped Keith Locke that the only parliamentary democracy in the region is in fact Israel, they are also the only country in the region with a free press. For those two reasons alone we should be proud to say that we stand with Israel, but for want of a spine our politicians won’t. They prefer to photographed wandering around holding hands with terrorist pedophiles.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.