In my article I ask for a clear explanation of why Israel chooses to attack civilian targets, including about 30 media outlets in Gaza. Ambassador Ilan Ben-Dov cannot offer that But he chose to repeat the Israeli Defense Ministry’s accusations that Hamas is establishing its military installations in densely populated areas.
In the case of the attacks on three buildings that the media had editorial offices, according to Israel, it must have been related to the Hamas movement in the buildings that have propaganda facilities and communications and intelligence activities. Exactly what this consisted of and the evidence that they were legitimate military targets, the world still awaits.
The fact remains that Within four days, Israel faces an open curtain from the bombing of the editorial offices and equipment of a number of local and international media outlets, and thus risks undermining the ongoing media coverage of the conflict.
Both Israel and Hamas are taking advantage of the presence of journalists on site to cover the conflict. Without the presence of journalists, only the propaganda machines of Israel and Hamas remain
Both Israel and Hamas are taking advantage of the presence of journalists on site to cover the conflict. Without the presence of journalists, only the propaganda machines of Israel and Hamas will remain, and people around the world will not be able to absorb the information necessary to get an idea of what is happening.
Israel is ranked Ranked 86 out of 180 in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, as the ambassador well points out, is the best in the Middle East. Much better than Palestine, which ranked 132.
That is why we should be able to expect more from Israel, as an understanding that the media and journalists should not be attacked. There is no justification for that.
Reporters Without Borders is now calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate whether Israel, through its overt attacks on the media in Gaza on May 11-15, 2021, may have committed war crimes.