Israel not only humanitarian issue
IN ITS “daily commentary” on Israel (January 12), The Star reports on home demolitions in the occupied West Bank and Gaza last year. The report quotes the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
A quick search of some major news sites cannot reveal one single incident of a home demolition in Gaza since the hostilities of 2014. There certainly were in the West Bank, but this story gives no reason for these demolitions. The uninformed would naturally assume that such acts are done for no reason at all.
However, OCHA lists its top stories for 2016 on various humanitarian issues. Syria features 78 times, Sudan 65, South Sudan 80 and Yemen 61.
Interestingly Israel features only once. And The Star chooses to ignore all other humanitarian disasters in favour of one report about home demolitions in retaliation for terror attacks similar to the attack in Jerusalem this week, which killed four people and wounded 15. Allan Wolman