Consider the headlines that everyday Americans (and increasingly British) see in their papers and news outlets. Is it any wonder that the majority of casual-observing Americans may actually think that Palestine as Goliath and Israel as David in this conflict?
Gaza: Palestinian boy ‘killed by Israeli gunfire’ (consider the quotation marks around this BBC headline)
Four dead in Gaza Strip fighting (sounds like a equal-footing fight where both sides lost people? Wrong, all 4 Palestinians in this misleading headline in LA Times)
Continued rocket fire from Gaza steps up pressure on Israel government to respond (Makes Israel sound like a responsible adult, even while the story should have been about the civilians in Gaza killed, not the rockets who hadn’t hurt a single soul by then)
Gaza militants signal truce with Israel after rockets (Reuters in the act too– so were rockets the only issue?)
Gaza strikes intensify, frightening Israelis (this headline in USA today wins the prize for the most outlandish headline one can imagine. By this time on Nov 12, not a single Israeli civilian had died or been injured, yet tens of Palestinian civilians had died. Yet, Israelis had more right to be described as “frightened”)
Three Israelis killed by Gaza rocket as violence escalates (based on this headline in BBC, you’d think no Palestinian was killed… wrong. The story goes on to relay the news of 15 “mainly militant, but also children” Palestinians. Wow!
Editor’s note: Add more so we can update this post.