Friday, February 8, 2008
The following post picks up on the same story enumerated in my previous post about Hamas staging candle-lit photo-ops: Darkness at Noon -- MSM Plays Along with Hamas Photo Staging. I received it and the pictures via email as part of an unsigned Word document. I've taken the contents of the document and placed them here in web format. All the non-italic text below this is quoted and not my writing. I think you'll find it "illuminating" -- particularly the picture of the infant and the allegation of Al-Jazeera's involvement.
On 20 January, the world was shocked by pictures of what appeared to be a widespread power outage in Gaza, allegedly caused by a cutoff of fuel and electricity supplies from Israel. Television cameras showed candle-light processions led by children in Gaza streets, a meeting of the Hamas Parliament in a darkened hall, a premature Gazan infant crying in a darkened incubator, and other dramatic depictions of an "Israeli caused blackout" of Palestinian areas.
In reality, it was all a staged hoax. Take a look at these pictures:
The media reported about a vast blackout. The reality was, however, quite different. Hamas had significant stores of fuel that could have solved the power shortage, but it chose to save the fuel for its own uses. According to Israeli estimates, Hamas had sufficient fuel to prevent the residents' distress, but it chose to show what it ostensibly did not have and conceal its reserves for the use of its terrorist infrastructure and operations against Israel.
For example, the Palestinian Website Pal-Press published, on 20 January, the comments of a gas-station owner who wanted to speak anonymously. He told of how Hamas in Gaza had grabbed control of and stole large quantities of fuel that had entered the Strip and was stored at gas stations. According to the gas-station owner, the fuel was intended for hospitals, but Hamas took the fuel to its bases for the sole use of the its own infrastructure, the al-Aqsa satellite station, the homes of senior Hamas members and the Hamas security headquarters. The Website added that, according to local sources, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyah's security guard stole fuel at gunpoint from a-Shifa Hospital, in Gaza City, and from gas stations for the vehicles of Haniyah and his entourage, his house, and the government's office.
Lamentably, the media played a central role in this hoax against the truth. A foreign journalist in Israel told friends that one of his colleagues in Gaza was on the scene when the lights were turned off, and people demonstrated with candles in front of the TV cameras. He described how the AlJazeera cameramen were staging the scene as if in a movie studio, telling people where and how to pose for the cameras, what to say, and how to say it. It seemed a bit odd to him so he reported these facts to his superiors. Yet they took no action, and they, like many other media outlets, reported about this staged power outage in Gaza as if it were a genuine event.
If you feel duped, don't feel bad. The entire world was fooled!
Listed below are links to blogs that reference this entry: Pallywood and the Gaza 'Blackout' -- A Hamas/Al Jazeera Co-Production.
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