Monday, August 1, 2011

Selective amnesia

In an incident reminiscient of the scene last year when the Lebanese army opened fire on an Israeli regiment near the border between the two countries killing an IDF officer, Israeli paratroopers on the Israeli side of the border were shot at this morning by Lebanese troops.

Although Reuters reports on today's assault, correspondent Maayan Lubell appears to have a case of selective amnesia when it comes to the incident last year:
Israel fought a 34-day war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas in 2006.
The border has been mostly quiet since, but violence erupted on May 15 this year when Israeli soldiers fired on Palestinian demonstrators who swarmed the Lebanese frontier. Seven civilians were killed, according to a United Nations report.
Lubell leaps from the war in 2006 to an account of the completely unrelated Palestinian border rush in May -- helpfully reminding readers that seven civilians were killed -- skipping entirely, an account of the relevant border clash between Lebanese and Israeli soldiers last year.

This in the service of erasing the historical record of Lebanese aggression while focusing audience attention on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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