Assassinations and Terrorism: The Double Standard in Israel and
By Ray Hanania
February 14, 2001
Massoud Ayyad, 54, was killed when a missile fired by an Israeli
gunship struck the car he was driving in, tearing it to
pieces in a
ball of fire. Ayyad was not attacking anyone, only driving
down a Gaza
Strop road near the Jabaliyya Refugee Camp.
Newspaper articles in the United States touted the Israeli
Ayyad was a "militant" responsible for attacks against Israel.
proof. No facts. Just accusations.
Instead of being described as an act of murder, the assassination
brushed off as being justified. Another incident of the reality
fighting between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
The stories described Ayyad as being 54, and a member of the
Force 17, a Palestinian military unit that some might compare
Shin Bet, the Israeli secret service. There were no interviews
his family. No description of whether he had children or not,
names. Nothing that presented Ayyad as a human being.
Palestinian statistic in the growing list of Palestinians
been murdered by the Israelis.
In comparison, a Palestinian bus driver who shuttled Palestinians
and from work, drove his bus into a crowd of Israeli soldiers
paramilitary Israeli civilian units. Seven soldiers were killed
one "civilian" who carried an Uzi was also killed.
The incident was described in the same newspapers in the United
as "the worst incident of terrorism since December 2000." The
word "terrorism" and "terrorist" was repeated throughout the
Reporters on radio, TV and in newspapers interviewed the relatives
the victims who denounced the Arabs and said the "act of terrorism"
only offered proof that the Arab Palestinians were vicious and
be sealed in their homes. One Israeli was quoted as asking,
of course, "How are we expected to give them peace when they
like this?" The woman was weeping.
The Israelis asserted that the driver was a member of Hamas,
militant Islamic political organization. And Israel announced
crackdowns on the besieged Palestinians, who are already suffering
a lack of work, food and medical supplies.
The next day, a public radio reporter interviewed the wife of
driver who denied that her husband was a member of Hamas. Instead,
said, that he was distraught by the daily images of Palestinians
gunned down by the Israeli soldiers and armed settler fanatics.
Everyday, she said, her husband witnessed young children ripped
Murdered. Killed. He was anguished over the way the Palestinians
being treated by the Israeli occupation.
It was one of the only reports to provide the truth about the
One was an act of assassination, sanctions by Israeli morality.
other an act of terrorism used to further the anti-Arab hysteria
United States and throughout the West, and to justify Israel's
continued killing of civilian Palestinians.
It's the daily double standard that is Israel. It's acceptable
murder a Palestinian in cold blood, but an outrage when a man
to the edge of sanity by Israeli cruelty and a brutal military
occupation takes an unfortunate, spontaneous and unplanned move.
One is cold and calculated, the other is driven by pressures
human being can withstand.
The name "Israel" today stands as the equivalent of the words
murder, genocide and ugliness."
Ironically, today's "Israelis" thrive in this society
of ugliness and
cruelty. But it is their ancestors, the survivors of the Nazi
who can best relate to the Palestinian suffering today.
The media continues this charade of inaccurate and incomplete
reporting, downplaying the suffering of the Palestinians and
exaggerating their justified rebellion. But the moral sanction
justice and righteousness rests on the side of the Palestinians.
matter how much the media and the Israelis distort the truth,
cannot take that away.