In what will likely be followed by more attacks on Gaza, a projectile fired from Gaza hit a bus inside Israel injuring those inside. Suddenly, news stories began to appear, the "twitterverse" began reflecting the news of the attack and Israeli officials already began to speak of punishing Gaza for the attack. The news media coverage of the event is typical: the timeline begins with an unprovoked attack on Israelis from Gaza, then Israel responds.
See it here in this AP story:
JERUSALEM — An anti-tank missile fired from the Gaza Strip struck a school bus in southern Israel Thursday, wounding two people, including one child critically, Israeli officials said.Israeli tanks quickly retaliated by opening fire across the border, killing a 50-year-old man and wounding seven other people, Palestinian medics said.The sudden outbreak of violence illustrated the fragile situation along the Israel-Gaza border, where small bouts of violence can quickly escalate into heavy-scale warfare.Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, ordered the army to respond quickly and said he held the Hamas militant group, which rules Gaza, responsible for the violence. There was no claim of responsibility for the attack.
Another example is here, from Reuters:
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A mortar shell fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel Thursday hit a bus, seriously wounding a teenage boy and injuring several others, Israeli police said.Israeli forces immediately struck back, shelling various locations across the Gaza Strip, killing a 50-year-old man and injuring at least six people, including a 4-year-old girl, Palestinian medics said
Note, both stories are bylined from Jerusalem, not Gaza. Perhaps that is one reason why there is no context in these stories. For more help on this, I turned to twitter. Below are tweets from some of our Gaza "tweeps" over the past 36 hours. How much of the information they are relaying do you think will make it into news coverage of these events? And, if this sparks a new Israeli war on Gaza, will anyone remember that the projectile that hit was preceded by attacks on Gaza? As I type this, many more tweets have been sent about F-16s, drones, Apache helicopters and tank shells targeting different parts of the Gaza Strip. They will likely continue to come in for some time. (Image right: The factory destroyed by Israeli planes in a strike on Gaza yesterday from Osama Matar's tweet below)
Here's a timeline the media reports didn't care to include:
Funny how attacks which are portrayed as unprovoked by the media no longer seem unprovoked when you go to the great lengths of simply asking what happened before them.