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It Would be Nice if Israel Would Stop Killing Journalists

Apparently, Israel lacks a gene for freedom of speech.

ScottCDunn
5 min readNov 28, 2023

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One of the side stories that isn’t getting much press is this: Israel has an appetite for killing journalists. A trend has come to light since the start of the war in Israel and Palestine. National Public Radio which is what I like to call, “resentment radio”, ran a story about how 24 journalists were killed during the war in Palestine back on October 28th:

“Of the two dozen journalists who have died, 20 were Palestinian, three were Israeli and one was Lebanese. At least eight other journalists have been reported injured, while three others are believed missing or detained, according to the CPJ.”

Notice the heavy bias against Palestinian reporters. 80% of the journalists killed in the war were Palestinian from the start to October 28th. I guess the Israelis have “no comment” on that bias. A month later, the states are even worse, From the Committee to Protect Journalists, 11/28/23:

As of November 28:

57 journalists and media workers were confirmed dead: 50 Palestinian, 4 Israeli, and 3 Lebanese.
11 journalists were reported injured.
3 journalists were reported missing.
19 journalists were reported arrested.
Multiple assaults, threats, cyberattacks, censorship, and killings of family members.

Notice again, the heavy bias against Palestinian journalists. 87% of the journalists killed in Palestine since the start of the war were Palestinians. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but have the impression that Israel does not want the Palestinian side of the story to be told. But they can’t seem to bury the Palestinian side of the story in social media. From ABC News, 11/24/23:

A recent study by The Washington Post found that the number of pro-Palestinian hashtags used on the TikTok, Instagram and Facebook platforms has dwarfed pro-Israeli hashtags since the Hamas terror group attacked Israel on Oct. 7. Though, TikTok said those hashtag numbers lacked context, since many social media users come from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. On Facebook, The Washington Post found that the #freepalestine hashtag was used 39 times more than the #standwithisrael hashtag and 26 times more on Instagram.

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