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Ben Shapiro: Media Will Ignore Rocket Attacks on Israel ‘Until Israel Fights Back’

Michael Morris
By Michael Morris | November 14, 2018 | 11:37 AM EST

Host of "The Ben Shapiro Show" and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro (Screenshot)

On his daily Facebook Live video podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Tuesday, host and Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Wire Ben Shapiro slammed the media for ignoring recent rocket attacks on Israel, saying that they will continue to ignore the attacks “until Israel fights backs,” and then the media will blame the Jews.

“And what you’re going to see from the press is nothing about the hundreds of rockets falling into the civilian areas of a democratic ally of the United States, until Israel fights back, at which point you’re going to see the press say, ‘Mighty Israel strikes the poor, quivering Palestinian population,’” stated Ben Shapiro. “And all the Palestinians have to do in the Gaza Strip is elect a government that is not Hamas. All they have to do is elect a government that wants to make peace with Israel.”

Ben Shapiro’s comments came after, according to Arutz Sheva israelnationalnews.com, rockets were “fired at Israel,” the Israeli Defense Forces reporting “that nearly 400 rockets and mortars had been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Approximately 100 projectiles fired from Gaza into Israel were shot down by the Iron Dome missile defense system.” As reported by The Times of Israel, Tuesday, “[a]t least 108 people were hospitalized in Israel over the past two days for wounds and shock caused by the massive rocket bombardment of Israeli towns by Gazan terror groups.”

Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s remarks from his show Tuesday:

“Okay, meanwhile, in other news, it must be pointed out that there are hundreds of rockets a day now that are now falling on Israel. I’m getting emails from people, videos from people who are legitimately living in their basements. They’re living in bomb shelters right now across Israel because of hundreds of rockets that are descending from the Gaza Strip.

“Before you say this is because of the quote, unquote about occupation, recognize that for twelve years Israel has not been present in the Gaza Strip. The Gaza Strip is run by a terrorist group called Hamas, and that terrorist group has routinely used the Gaza Strip as a staging point for attacks on Israelis. They’ve built terror tunnels to try and kidnap Israelis. They’ve tried to breach the border in order to invade Israeli land. They’ve burnt thousands of acres of Israeli lands with kites that have incendiaries attached to them and balloons that have incendiaries attached to them. And now they are firing rockets randomly into civilian areas.

“You’re not seeing this covered in the media because the media don’t care when Jews get killed in Israel. Okay? The media don’t care about that. The media pretend to care about anti-Semitism in a serious way when Jews get killed in Pittsburgh because then they can try to blame President Trump and they can talk about right-wing anti-Semitism, which is a brand of anti-Semitism that does exist. When it comes to radical Muslim anti-Semitism, they go completely silent, for the same reason that President Obama once said about a radical Islamist attack on a Kosher supermarket in France that it was random. It wasn’t anti-Semitic. It was a random attack.

“Okay? The idea that it is not the same anti-Semitism that drives Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians as drives attacks on [indiscernible] in Pittsburgh is a bunch of crap. It is simply nonsense.

“And what you’re going to see from the press is nothing about the hundreds of rockets falling into the civilian areas of a democratic ally of the United States, until Israel fights back, at which point you’re going to see the press say, ‘Mighty Israel strikes the poor, quivering Palestinian population.’ And all the Palestinians have to do in the Gaza Strip is elect a government that is not Hamas. All they have to do is elect a government that wants to make peace with Israel. And then open up their markets, and the capital would come flowing in. Gaza has some actual, nice sea-side territory.

“But they’re not going to do that because there’s an ideological, an ideological commitment to the destruction of Israel and the murder of Jews. These rockets are not directed at military installations. This is not a war. This is an attack on a civilian population very deliberately.

“And the media will ignore it up ’til the point where Israel fights back, at which point they will blame the Jews.

“That is in and of itself an aspect of leftist anti-Semitism that manifests itself every time the media cover the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and Hamas and Islamic jihad. Every time that conflict breaks out, the media suggest that Israel is at the top of the power hierarchy, and therefore, Hamas’ attacks on Israel are not really anti-Semitic. It’s really about power relationships. And this is how they cover for radical Muslim anti-Semitism.

“What we are watching right now: schools being hit, bakeries being hit – I mean, there’s 52 Israelis that have gone to hospitals thanks to bombs randomly falling in their midst. Again, hundreds of rockets being shot every day. I mean, this is the worst it’s been in Israel since the 2014 Gaza war. It’s really been quite awful over there.

“You can see the videos online that will never be covered by the mainstream media. There’s a pretty heartbreaking video of a dog that had been fatally wounded by a rocket that just fell into a civilian area. You know, all of this, again, will be ignored by the global media, up until the point at which Israel starts to defend itself, at which point Israel will be condemned for disproportionate force.

“And all of the people on the left, like the J Streets of the world, who will condemn Israel at that point, demonstrate exactly what it is that they are, which a bunch of anti-Semitic enablers. If you’re enabling all of this, then you are part of the problem.”


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