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Sheikh Yassin: Life in pictures from the BBC.co.uk website
[Commentary by abelard in green]
When at at first my attention was drawn to this item, I had thought that it was a spoof but no; however, it is a work of art suitable for classroom analysis:
Yassin was “assassinated” by “Israel”. This was a a murderous old man whose life was devoted to persuading arab youths to kill themselves and random civilians, with the determined objective of driving “Israelis” into the sea.
Now, finally, he has been removed by local security forces.
The use of the term “inspiration” is at the very least ill-selected, while the fact that Yassin opposed settlement or peace [5/9] is treated with a strange casualness.
He spent his life trying to stop peace, by getting young kids to kill people – sorry, inspiring them to kill. What we do see in the linked item is a series of innocuous pictures of an old man in a wheel chair. But now where are the bodies “inspired” by this “scholar” [2/9] associated with “charity” [9/9] ?
Further note “the disillusioned young Palestinians”. What would you call them if they were daubing graffiti on a wall, let alone blowing themselves up in your local supermarket?
This was a ‘devoted scholar’ who dreamed of a new holocaust.
Yassin was “welcomed” from “prison” in exchange for “agents”, after a “botched” attempt to “kill”. This is not detached or objective vocabulary, nor can the response of Arafat, who condones and finances terrorism, be regarded as meritorious.
“ Have been killed”—note the change of tense from immediate past to further past, and gradually the reader is led on. Next, posing “a major obstacle to peace negotiations” is offered as acceptable behaviour for an “increasingly powerful figure”.
Here again, a rosy gloss is given to formenting violence. “Refusal to recognise Israel” is BBC and Hamas code for, “wipe Israel off the the map”.
Note how only “scores” of Palestinians become bombers, but they are against “the state of Israel” [5/9] as a whole – plucky David against the mean Goliath.
The so-called Israeli “crimes” are no longer a response to indiscriminate suicide attacks; it is the suicide attacks that are a response to the Israeli “crimes”.
Yassin’s “hatred of the United States”—well, we have a growing left-wing bunch of shufflers for Madsam. After all, “hating the United States” is becoming almost respectable among idiots.
Very noble I’m sure, but where are the bits of bodies and the blood of the brainwashed children “inspired” by this “scholar” and “charity worker”?
The comment that Hamas has done charitable work seems strange in its contiguity. It attempts to associate Yassin with “charity” even though the text, in fact, speaks of “Hamas”, not Yassin, in the context of “charitable activities”.
Hamas is called a “militant” organisation opposing “occupation”. It is not described as it is, a terrorist organisation trying “to drive Israel into the sea” by persuading young people to kill themselves and others.
It is not what is written that influences covertly, it is the emotional coda of the structure, all the time accompanied by photos of a pathetic old “scholar” in a wheelchair. It is an attempt to hoodwink, to manipulate the readers’ response.
A very common media game is to slip over the negative aspects (or vice versa) early on; and then seek to leave a contrary taste at the end. This structure is not accidental. Here, the taste is at both ends, and is about scholarship and charity.
As here, the item is often constructed with eight or nine paragraphs, with the negatives buried (as neutrally as possible) in paragraphs 4 and 5. The attention of the average reader is known often to be wandering by this point.
The general structure is designed with introductory impression-forming paragraphs, and with similar impression-forming paragraphs at the end, to reinforce the impression that the author wishes to leave with you.
These ‘reporters’are taught this sort of verbal
trickery at media colleges and at the BBC.
You remember the air crashes they show you, you do not remember the millions of miles flown safely and without incident. But it is these safe flights which are not shown. In fact, commercial air flight is probably the safest means of transport ever devised.
Readers and viewers are being had—consider who is doing the having, what is their agenda? What of the idiots who crawl from under the stones at each opportunity, as they vigourously attempt to make anti-semitism ‘respectable’ once more?
Let’s talk of the poor Palestinian underdog. C’mon chaps – fair play – let’s blow up some Israelis, and whine when the Israelis take action to stop the killers.
This is now the standard ploy of terror organisations: playing the victim in order to seek outside support, such as money from the EU. And that agenda is now fully embraced by most of the left wing press.
The Middle East is a mess, but this so-called ‘scholar’ was a dedicated killer of innocents on both sides of the divide.
This piece is manipulation and rhetoric. It is in no way detached ‘reporting’, as is demonstrated by how Yassin is introduced to you as a scholar, and the impression you are left with him as a man of charity.
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© abelard, 2004, 24 march
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