Asaf Shimoni
Asaf Shimoni

International media’s narrative: Arab child’s life is worthless, unless…

Hamas starts a war, it ensures that children are killed and, woe and behold, the international media eagerly do Hamas’s bidding by reporting how the Jews are again killing children.

But what about the tens of thousands of children who have been killed in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan?

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, more than 22,000 children have been killed in Syria’s civil war.

The number of children killed in Afghanistan is estimated at more than 26,000.

And estimates of the number of civilian deaths in Iraq range from the tens to the hundreds of thousands.

The international media has given hundreds of times more coverage to dozens of children accidentally killed in Gaza than to tens of thousands of Arab children killed elsewhere.

Do the international media think that the life of an Arab child is worthless unless the child is accidentally killed by a Jew?

Surely thousands of children have been killed by Western troops (‘collateral damage’) in fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Where is the media bandwagon? Where are the demonstrations?

About the Author
Asaf Shimoni is an author, journalist and translator who returned to Israel in 2016 after spending 40 years abroad, most of them in the Netherlands. He grew up near Boston, made aliyah while living on a kibbutz (from 1973 to 1976), and graduated from Syracuse University in 1978. He also lived some 5 years in Sicily. He is currently in Amsterdam to sort our affairs. He believes that the media should be as critical and truthful as possible.
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