Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister who ordered the bombing and destruction of the Al-Gala media tower in Gaza the other day, marched with more than 40 world leaders in the 2015 Paris Unity March to show support for protecting press freedom after the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
World leaders who attended the Unity March are now silent on the bombing of the media tower in Gaza. Almost 3 million people took to the streets of Paris in rallies demonstrating solidarity with the French magazine in its crusade to insult the Muslim prophet.
"Paris is the capital of the world today," said then-French President Francois Hollande.
"Our values are liberty, equality and fraternity, and we cannot allow terrorists to dictate to us," said one of the protesters who took part in the Paris Unity March.
Netanyahu was seen in the front of the Unity March, holding hands with other world leaders, poised and undeterred as an equal partner in protecting freedom of the press and journalists. Yet media in the self-declared "only democracy in the Middle East" must comply with Israeli military censorship. Investigative reporting and criticism of the military is looked at as a national security concern and virtually not allowed.
Now millions of people around the world have watched in silence as Israeli missiles hit and destroyed the media tower. There is no unity march, no condemnation of the illegal attack on the media. The building housed the Associated Press and Reuters as well as Al Arabiya and Al Jazeera, which ironically was attacked by the American military during the invasion of Iraq. Journalists were told they had a few minutes to evacuate the building before the Israeli missiles rained down.
Western media coverage of the latest slaughter of Palestinians bends over backward to accommodate the Zionist narrative; to present the onslaught that killed and injured hundreds, destroyed residential buildings, and wiped out a whole neighborhood in Gaza as clashes of perpetual, meaningless violence that result in casualties on both sides. It seems to be a conflict between equal sides, and the attacks on Palestinians are always a reaction to an attack from Hamas and a fight between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.
A regular reader of mainstream media in America would not know that it all started when white settlers escaping persecution in Europe came and took over and started the ethnic cleansing of native Palestinians after 1948. Now they control the water, air, land, electricity and freedom of movement and have turned Gaza into an open prison for the 2 million Palestinians trapped there.
The New York Post headline blamed Hamas for the attack on the Palestinians: "Hamas fires rockets into Israel as tensions in Jerusalem boil over."
"Jerusalem violence leads to rockets, airstrikes," read another headline from Reuters.
The Financial Times explained to its readers the reason for all this mess with a headline: "Hamas rocket attacks provoke Israeli retaliation in Gaza."
CNN is showing its authority on fake news with this: "Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have escalated further ... as Palestinian militants in Gaza fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, which in turn ramped up airstrikes on the coastal enclave."
The New York Times informs us that "Attacks continue across Israel and the Palestinian Territories."
Social media giants like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook deleted posts critical of the Israeli attacks, later blaming it on the digital glitch.
The moral bankruptcy of the Zionist project in the Middle East is exposed. The Palestinians still are determined to resist and survive. "It seems that we have passed the point of no return, and it is possible that Israel can no longer end the occupation, stop settlement activity and achieve peace, and it seems that it is no longer possible to reform Zionism, save democracy and divide the Prime Time Zone in this country," wrote the Israeli writer Ari Shebet in the newspaper Haaretz.
The problem right now is that terrorism is committed mainly by elected officials and heads of states, using armies, tanks, F-16s and billion-dollar budgets.
Ahmed Tharwat, host and producer of the local Arab American TV show "BelAhdan with Ahmed," writes for local and international publications. He blogs at Notes From America: www.Ahmediatv.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ahmediaTV.