I’ve been struck over the past few days by the sheer number of tweets I see with links to some ‘trivial’ act of destruction or violence committed by the Israeli army in Gaza, the West Bank or Jerusalem. Needless to say, none of these are picked up by the mainstream media, today obsessed with the Brooks Newmark sting, tomorrow by whatever politicians and their friends in the media decide to brand as ‘evil’ enough to command our restless gaze.

Absent broad, sustained and accurate media coverage, of course, the thread that ties these incidents is lost – and I guess that’s the point since the lack of sustained narrative feeds public ignorance. I was shocked recently to read that a significant majority of Britons don’t know that Gaza has been under an Israeli land, sea and air blockade since 2007. I presume they thought Arabs’ innate bloodlust explained the rockets.

Consequently, in Gaza we have a return to the status quo, with Israel not even pretending to honour the terms of its ceasefire other than not bombing UNRWA schools or civilians fleeing with their arms in the air in surrender. In Jerusalem last week, Israeli settlers protected by Israeli Occupation Forces troops stormed the Al Aqsa mosque to the understandable distress of Muslim worshippers there. And in the West Bank today, a settler drove his car over a six year-old girl. (You might have forgotten that that’s one of more than half a million such settlers living illegally on land confiscated from Palestinians.)

Meantime, the Russell Tribunal‘s riveting testimony from the likes of the Israeli journalist David Sheen, the IDF whistleblower Eran Efrati and the Norwegian doctor Mads Gilbert has received zero coverage in the mainstream press, despite the fact that The Guardian‘s own cartoonist Martin Rowson was the tribunal’s official illustrator and Channel 4’s Paul Mason was one of its keys witnesses.

So in the interests of narrative continuity, I’ve composed a list of some of the run of the mill atrocities that kept Israel busy today while Netanyahu practised comparing Hamas with Isis with a straight face in preparation for his speech at the UN. Thanks to Ben White, Joe Catron, David Sheen, Rania Khalek, Mondoweiss and Electronic Intifada for their steady flow of info on this.

First, though, let me offer this link to a backgrounder on the LRB blog, which conveniently lists the 26 ceasefire violations committed by Israel in the period 26 August – 12 September. I’m pretty confident these these would have been featured in major UK and US newspapers if the perpetrators had been Palestinian. As it is, you probably haven’t heard about them.

In today’s news:

1. Israeli army destroys West Bank village’s power network

The Israeli army demolished on Monday a power network that has been providing electricity to a Palestinian village in southern Nablus under the pretext that it had been built without license, eyewitness said…In April, the Israeli authorities razed a mosque and three homes in the same village under similar allegations.


3. Israeli minister seeks to lower birthrate of bedouins

A member of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet has urged for steps to be taken to reduce the birth rate of Palestinian Bedouin citizens in the Negev…Delegates at the 2003 Herzliya conference were told by a senior arms expert that “the delivery rooms in Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva have turned into a factory for the production of a backward population.”

4. Israeli fire wounds Gaza teenager: medics

Israeli troops shot and wounded a 14-year-old boy in the northern Gaza Strip Monday in the second such incident in 24 hours, medics said.

The boy suffered injuries to his foot after coming under fire in his village close to the border, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said in a statement.

5. Soldiers invade coffee shop, bakery in Jenin, Kidnap 10 in West Bank

A number of Israeli military jeeps invaded, on Monday at dawn, the northern West Bank city of Jenin, and broke into a Coffee Shop and a Bakery. The army also kidnapped ten Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank.

6. Israelis Demolish 5-story Residential in Abu Dis, Distribute Further Notices in Bethlehem

A university lecturer and his family in occupied Jerusalem were told to flee with no belongings after Israeli forces and bulldozers surrounded their apartment building and destroyed three storeys in the middle of the night. Israel alleges the owner lacked a building permit.

More tomorrow, I’m sure.