What we need to know

Anyone in the media will tell you that their news networks simply pump out content to support the sale of advertising.  In these days of lazy journalism, a news product preys on either the invasion of privacy, promulgation of misery, or the stirring of a non-issue to create a headline.  Quite often it can be all three simultaneously.

The real news is often concealed or of no consequence.  As a consumer I am sick of being “dummed down” by the pathetic quality of journalism that we are forced to endure. 

More than anything else I am sickened by the lies and propaganda that consistently deligitimises Israel. 

Here is one small story I read in Israel National News today.  It provides perspective and an insight into a reality that the mainstream media would never contemplate to share.  It shows the complexity and the absurdity of everything that its typical to the Israeli experience.

Hamas Sends Patients to Israel for Care

by Maayana Miskin Ichilov hospital in Tel Aviv treats up to 100 patients a month from Gaza, and often Hamas takes the role of middleman between Gaza residents and the Israeli hospital, Ichilov Director Professor Gabi Barabash said Thursday. Barabash spoke to Deputy Minister Ayoub Kara, a resident of the Druze village of Dalyat El Carmel near Haifa, who was touring the hospital and viewing its care for foreign Arab patients.

In addition to caring for patients from Gaza, the Ichilov staff treats many citizens of foreign Arab countries, including those that have no diplomatic ties with Israel. They all receive dedicated care, and the relatives who accompany them are provided with free food and a place to stay, Barabash said.

Kara praised the hospital’s care at the end of the tour. Ichilov treats all of its patients equally, he said, but it is not the only one, and hospitals throughout the country send hundreds of people home to Gaza in good health each month after they arrived in Israel suffering from serious ailments.

He condemned Hamas for benefiting from the arrangement while giving nothing in return. “The time has come for Hamas to give us something small in return,” he said, “to release a single son of ours, who has been held for four years with no medical care, in exchange for the hundreds of people whose lives Israel saves every month.”

Kara called on Arab countries to take action: “I call on those Arab countries that are aware of how much we give them when it comes to medicine to call for Gilad Shalit’s release as well.” Shalit’s release would “make the peace talks much more meaningful,” he added.

Don’t bet on reading about this in the West Australian!

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the masses of aid money, political capital, media investment, and academic thought went into real humanitarian objectives, and to supporting Israel’s plight to be a productive regional contributor at the centre of a prosperous Middle East.  Instead all of that energy and resource gets placed into a growing concoction of unfounded aggression and vective directed at Israel, and is building in front of our own eyes an uncontainable inversion of the truth.  It’s time for human nature to overtake the grotesque political and journalistic trend of legitimising, supporting and bbetting terrorist regimes.