Who to believe?

“Arab satellite news channels Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya have been forced to fend off accusations that they served up Israeli propaganda with their coverage of the historic evacuation of the Gaza Strip settlements.”

“We understand when the international media fall into the trap of the Jewish settlers and run live coverage of the evacuation,” said Mr Abdel Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of the London-based Al-Qods Al-Arabi newspaper.

If the media coverage was anything like Australia – showing settlers in a great state of distress and conveniently forgetting that they had been living there illegally – Israeli propaganda did indeed win the day.

When the Sydney Morning Herald placed a crying man and his settler daughter on its front page, I wondered when a Palestinian’s grief had been equally displayed. And I knew the answer.

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