If Americans Knew Blog: By Alison Weir: Israeli forces invading Palestinian Territory have justÂ killed a 15-year-oldÂ unarmed Palestinian boy. A sniper shot him in the head with an expanding bullet. This is the 10,000thÂ Palestinian killed by an Israeli since the round of violence that began in fall 2000. The boy wasÂ reportedlyÂ shot in the face.
During the same period, Palestinians have killed 1,270 Israelis. See the list and details on thisÂ TimelineÂ of Israeli and Palestinian deaths.
Because US mediaÂ rarely coverÂ Palestinian deaths, while oftenÂ emphasizingÂ Israeli deaths, most Americans are unaware that Israeli forces have killed far more people than Palestinian resistance groups, and that Israel killsÂ firstÂ inÂ nearlyÂ all cycles of violence.
If the situation were reversed, and a Palestinian military force invaded an Israeli town and shot a teenager in the head, it would in all probability be front page news across the U.S.
US news reports also fail to mention that the violence began when colonizers began moving to Palestine in the early 1900s with the intention of taking over the land for a Jewish state, and that Israel was established through a war of what anÂ Israeli historianÂ terms âethnic cleansing.â
Once again, U.S. news media are largely ignoring Israelâs latest killing of a Palestinian youth. Other than an automatic Associated press feed buried on their websites, there donât seem to have been any reports on the death by NPR, CNN, the New York Times, Washington Post,Â PBS, etc.