Middle Easterners Have Words For The Western Press Who’ve Been Lying About Them

The western press have been finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to do reporting alongside the middle easterners they’ve been lying about for generations, and discovering that a lot of those middle easterners speak English and have a few things to say.

By Caitlin Johnstone

Hundreds of US congressional staffers are passing around a letter urging their bosses to call for a ceasefire, there’s a silent mutiny brewing in the State Department over the Biden administration’s Gaza actions, mainstream reporters have been refusing to parrot Israel narratives, and the streets are full of pro-Palestine demonstrators.

This is different. What we are seeing right now is a deviation from the usual script.

The western press have been finding themselves in the uncomfortable position of having to do reporting alongside the middle easterners they’ve been lying about for generations, and discovering that a lot of those middle easterners speak English and have a few things to say.

Check out this clip of Egyptian podcaster Rahma Zein laying into CNN’s Clarissa Ward at a protest at the Rafah Crossing border gates:

And this clip of a Palestinian man telling off CNN’s Sara Sidner — who helped circulate the infamous “40 decapitated babies” psyop — saying “You are genocide supporters! You are not welcome here! Genocide supporters! Fuck CNN! Fuck CNN!”:

An urgently needed message and a long overdue confrontation.

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If Israel didn’t bomb that hospital then why did it doctor up a fraudulent audio clip pretending to show Hamas fighters saying Israel didn’t bomb the hospital?

 The only way to reconcile this fact with a belief in Israel’s innocence is rigorous psychological compartmentalization.

A lot of the distortion around this current crisis arises from confusion between peace and the baseline status quo. Because Israel had been trucking along at the same status quo for so long, people assume there was a state of peace when Hamas attacked it, which was why the western political/media class were able to frame it as an “unprovoked” attack. But in reality the status quo in Israel has been one of continually escalating violence, tyranny and abuse for generations, not one of peace.

The trouble with abusive dynamics that have been going on for a long time is that after a while those who aren’t directly affected by the abuse tend to get used to that way of being and start thinking of it as normal. So when there’s pushback against that abusive status quo, it looks to them like it came completely out of nowhere at the hands of an unprovoked aggressor.

Stand on someone’s face for long enough and one day it will surprise you if he eventually bites your foot. You might even feel like you were the victim, because that’s just what you’d gotten used to.

And the imperial media of course do everything they can to exacerbate public confusion about this crucial distinction. The Hamas attack is being constantly framed as an unprovoked act of aggression by evil men who wanted to do evil things to Jews, solely because they are evil and hate Jews. History began on October 7, and all the events from 1948 onward never happened.

Empire propagandists do this constantly by the way, wherever it suits the information interests of the empire. After 9/11 it was “they hate us for our freedom” and all the US aggressions in the middle east which provoked Al Qaeda were swept under the carpet. When Russia invaded Ukraine the well-documented NATO provocations and violence in the Donbass which gave rise to it were written out of the history books, and history began on February 24, 2022. If China ever reacts to the US military surrounding it with war machinery and its aggressive provocations in Taiwan, that will be framed as a completely unprovoked attack which came completely out of nowhere as well.

Circumstances aren’t peaceful just because we are used to them. Just because you are able to go about your daily routine without major disruption doesn’t mean someone isn’t being horrifically abused by the status quo which makes your way of life possible. Peace doesn’t look like everyone complying with the status quo regardless of its abusiveness, it looks like the absence of abuse.


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15 responses to “Middle Easterners Have Words For The Western Press Who’ve Been Lying About Them”

  1. AussieManDust Avatar

    Huh. Yep, fuck you CNN, and Australian MSM TV : the Corporatocracy tv channels 7,8 & 10 plus the Australian Federal Government channels ABC & SBS. Employers of Liars & Shills to be the public face of AFP Psyops, structured against the Australian people. Fuck you very much.

  2. kiers Avatar

    How EMBARASSING is it to be “Murican”? The so-called “Rafah Border Crossing” is what? something like a strip line some 100 feet long? The ENTIRE “Main Stream Media” of a $23 Trillion dollar “economy” consisting of 300 milliion educated people (i presume), can’t even tell you definitively what’s going on over that 100 feet without spin/obfuscation/ellision/bag of tricks. It’s now a state secret…..added to all the other state secrets. You call this a democracy?

  3. Lily Susan Todd Avatar
    Lily Susan Todd

    Israel wants the Palestinians to not exist; to disappear, to never have been.
    This is worse than apartheid, as N Chomsky says . In S Africa where ‘apartheid’ originated, the whites needed the indigenous population they had usurped, to do their work. In Israel, they want that indigenous population to be obliterated. Israel will inflict mass death, rather than entertain the idea that jews and arabs could create a socialist , egalitarian state, for the benefit of all, together.

    1. Prometheus Avatar

      I lived in South Africa from January ’69 to late ”70…then moved on to Australia, where I found the Australians more racist than most white South Africans.
      I reckon the difference stemmed from the exposure of the South African to the Bantu they often treated paternally, whereas the remnants the exterminated Aboriginal Australians had been so marginalised and broken (literally ‘de-ranged’ from their songlines orientation and profound spiritual integration with their environment) they were easily demonised by the white supremacist colonial settlers.

  4. Susan Siens Avatar
    Susan Siens

    I love seeing the CNN presstitutes being screamed at. They deserve worse but truth-telling is a relief when you watch this scum on television and you can’t scream at them.

  5. gwynn oneill Avatar

    When I click on mpst of the stories I get the announcement, “youtube is blocked”

  6. drewhunkins Avatar

    Israel must be attacked.

    The sadistic and psychopathic land-grabbing artificial state of Israel continues to relentlessly bomb civilians in Gaza with impunity. As of this writing more than 5,000 Palestinians have been slaughtered by the Zionist sociopaths. The sick and disgusting Israeli regime is not stopping and there are no indications right now that it intends to halt the carnage.

    Israel must be attacked immediately.

    Tel Aviv must be targeted with heavy military strikes as soon as possible, whether it be Hezbollah, Turkey or Iran, someone must neutralize the bloodthirsty Zionist beast.
    Because Washington is occupied Israeli territory (the creepy Zionists fund essentially every single Congressional campaign) there’s absolutely no chance the United States will stop funding the Israeli warpigs. Israel could not exist without the $3.8 billion the U.S. taxpayer is forced to hand them every year.

    Israel must be attacked.

    1. Woopy Avatar

      The taxpayers hand over more than 3.5 billion per year as simple entitlement. The real money is given incrementally throughout each year to the tune of 30 billion and up. This money has enabled the Israeli white supremists for 70 years to perform the worst Holocaust upon Palestinians to ever occur on this planet.

    2. chickadddbe2d956921 Avatar

      I have never supported Israel and it’s policies in regard to the people of Palestine, nor handing over a country as the English did in the 1920’s which reflects their prejudice, nor the UN’s decision to be pressured into handing over a huge chunk of the land, and the best part of it to rhe Jewish people. However I wonder why Hamas attacked Israelis knowing full well that it was just looking for a reason to exterminate a people or drive them forever from their land.

      1. Marko Avatar

        Why did they do that, or did they?

    3. Prometheus Avatar

      No use attacking Israel when Wa$hington and £ondon have greenlighted its savagery.
      Don’t shoot the dogs….muzzle the owners.

  7. doris Avatar

    I hadn’t heard about natural gas and oil found off the coast of Gaza as the reason Israel is so hellbent on wiping out the legitimate owners of them until I read this article by Michel Chossudovsky

  8. nelsonborelli Avatar

    “unprovoked” attack: it isn’t nice to have a loud party next to a jail full of starving people.

  9. Gene Avatar

    In most U.S.- led countries Fascism and Nazism is banned. However, supporting Israeli Judaeo-Faschism (worse than German-Italian Fascism) is allowed and encouraged. Israelis leaders (the U.S.-armed Army, Navy and Air force) are saying they are fighting against the lightly-armed (with AK-47) Palestinian Resistance Movement (HAMAS), but as far as the world can see, Israeli leaders are in the mitten of a bloody Genocide, mass murdering unarmed Palestinian civilian population, mostly women and children taking refuge in hospitals, schools and churches. It is encouraged and financed by the United States and West Europe. https://www.jonathan-cook.net/2023-10-24/israel-lying-again-never-learn/
    For decades, the so-called “Nazi barbarism” (“Holohoax”) is carefully manufactured and exaggerated to allow Israel and its US-sponsors to commit whatever crimes against the Palestinians, the ongoing Genocide. https://informationclearinghouse.blog/2023/10/23/middle-easterners-have-words-for-the-western-press-whove-been-lying-about-them/
    However, say what you like about the Nazis and their crimes, but the Nazis never bombed hospitals and synagogues full of Jewish children. No Jew went hungry in the “Concentration Camps”. Israel is cutting off water and food supply to the Gaza Concentration Camp.
    No Moslem ever spat on a Christian priest in Jerusalem. Jews are doing it every day and justify it as a Jewish tradition.

  10. Not Jewish Avatar
    Not Jewish

    BFD. The media in the Middle East are not known for accuracy or impartiality. Meanwhile, in the fog of war, we do not have all the facts yet. But one thing is clear: Hamas is using the terrorist operation that it launched, with the utmost brutality, as a cynical propaganda operation to sting the Israelis into retaliation that will entail civilian casualties. As if there are civilians still in Gaza. From all accounts the kids have been indoctrinated to be Semitic Hitler Youth, and the adults just want to kill Jews. What a lovely people, but they play to the media.

    Why is it that ICH is home to mindless, knee-jerk anti_S and anti-Israel posts and comemnts?