Gaza and the power of narratives – Ahmed Paul Keeler

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The current slaughter meted out on innocents in Gaza, fully supported by Western governments, is founded upon a bed of lies.

It is said that the truth is the first casualty of war, yet in this war the truth is not hidden: the decapitated bodies, crushed skulls, emaciated children, the callous shelling of hungry souls as they clamour for flour – all of this is known to the world and there remains little doubt that what we are witnessing is truly horrific.

Yet the Israeli counter-narrative looks to subvert this truth; these images they claim, however regrettable, are the result of such a heinous crime that they are necessary for rooting out the evil. The Gazan women and children are no more than collateral damage.

What many in the West fail to see is that for every soul whose death they manufacture, the very edifice upon which they claim a moral high ground is crumbling.

Ahmed Paul Keeler argues in a provocative and beautifully written piece that narratives matter. This is why millions are spent on spinning a story about the state of Israel and traducing the claims of Palestinians. Today we take a forensic look at these narratives.

Produced by: The Thinking Muslim

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