Carpet Bombing Gaza

Yarden Frankl,

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Yarden Frankl
Yarden Frankl is the Executive Director of the Center for Analysis of Media Coverage of Israel. His work appears in the Times of Israel, the Jewish Press, the Algemeiner, as well as Israel National News. He was a senior editor for HonestReporting for 11 years. He also blogs at ...

Anyone taking 30 seconds to look at the way Israel is conducting the air campaign against Gaza would know full well that the IDF is using precision guided munitions to conduct strikes against Hamas targets. What is incredible is that -- especially considering the scale of the campaign --  how few civilians casualties there have been. With Hamas firing their rockets from densly packed civilian areas, one would expect the number to be much higher.

Yet rather than explain to viewers what Israel was doing, some reporters decide to paint an entirely different picture of the conflict.

Let's look at the following report from France 24 correspondent Gallagher Fenwick. What he says is so shocking, that you had better click on this link and watch the video and listen to his words (rather than the edited quotation.) If you don't have time, here is what he says:

It sounded, of course we were not up there to witness it, but it sounded very much like what was going on was almost what could be described as carpet bombing of entire buildings and areas and in those neighborhoods in Northern Gaza creating scenes of panic and chaos with tens of thousands trying to flee.

Here is a correspondent -- admitting that he was not at the scene he is about to describe -- telling France 24 viewers that Israel was "carpet bombing" Gaza. He tries to cover himself by using words like "sounded very much like" and "almost what could be described."

Is he saying that Israel was not carpet bombing Gaza, just making it sound like it was?

Gaza is one of the most crowded little strips of land anywhere in the world. "Carpet Bombing" such an area, would kill tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands. The term "carpet bombing" is not used to describe attacking a building! "Carpet bombing" refers to indiscriminate bombing of entire cities or regions.

In two minutes Fenwick paints a completely misleading picture of the conflict and accuses Israel of committing a horrendous war crime. Or at least in his expert opinion, that was what it sounded like.

I wonder when was the last time Fenwich heard a "carpet bombing" for himself so that he felt comfortable describing how that sounds.