CBS Blames Israel for the Conflict, Pushes Misinformation on Evictions

On Monday, CBS Evening News continued its unholy crusade against the Jewish state of Israel by blaming them for the conflict and pushing misinformation about the evictions in East Jerusalem.  It came as the network was still using Gaza casualty numbers provided by the Hamas-controlled Health Ministry, and they scoffed at the idea that Israel’s airstrikes were “surgical.”

As we come on the air, Israeli warplanes continue to pound Gaza, destroying the network of underground tunnels used by Hamas, reducing entire buildings to rubble, and killing more than 200,” decried anchor Norah O’Donnell at the top of the newscast.

Without noting that Hamas rockets were falling on their own people, O’Donnell suggested it was solely Israel’s doing that “many Palestinians in Gaza [were] now without clean water or fuel.” In reality, we know that Hamas rockets had landed on one of the power connections between Israel and Gaza

That’s right, Israel provided power to Gaza, which was something the liberal and anti-Semitic media won’t tell their viewers the truth about.

The report was handled by foreign correspondent Imtiaz Tyab, who previously blamed Israeli Jews for violence in the streets of Israeli towns. “We’re entering week two of this crisis and people inside Gaza have been telling us that Israel’s bombings are unlike anything they’ve ever seen before,” he said, parroting vague claims he had no way of verifying.

Despite being positioned in Tel Aviv (nowhere near Gaza), Tyab pretended as though he was seeing the destruction first hand. “Israel says it’s being surgical in its strikes, but driving through the Palestinian territory, and it looks anything but,” he scoffed. “Major infrastructure and homes reduced to rubble in an instant.”

Of course, he was taking the word of Hamas-connected groups for his information. “As the increasingly bloody conflict with Hamas moves into its second week, the death toll keeps rising, at least 200 Palestinians have been killed including more than 60 children,” he proclaimed using Hamas-generated numbers.

At no time did Tyab admit that Hamas was using human shields, launching attacks and building installations in residential neighborhoods.

What he did do though was push Hamas propaganda about the evictions of Palestinians in East Jerusalem. “The spark that lit the inferno that is this latest war in Gaza was here. In bitterly contested East Jerusalem where the looming evictions of Palestinian families continues to provoke fury,” he said. He followed up by calling the recreation of the Jewish state of Israel a “catastrophe.”

Further, on the evictions he claimed (Click “expand”):

TYAB: Fury which erupted again over the weekend during what Palestinians call Nakba, or Catastrophe Day protests marking the loss of Palestinian territory in 1948 with the creation of Israel. The looming evictions of eight Palestinian families by Jewish settlers has only inflamed tensions.

Jad Hammad faces expulsion from the house his family has lived in since the 1950s.

JAD HAMMAD: This is not the first time, not the second time. It’s going to be the third time for us.

Back in reality, the evictions were lawful and the people being kicked out had not paid their rent in decades.

“The Jewish claimants’ ownership of the few plots of land has been confirmed repeatedly in court, following laws that apply equally regardless of ethnicity. Israeli courts have gone out of their way to avoid evicting the Palestinian residents who haven’t paid rent for half a century,” wrote University of San Diego Law School professor Avi Bell and professor Mr. Kontorovich of George Mason University School of Law in the Wall Street Journal.

What Tyab refused to tell CBS viewers was how much of that land was stolen from Jews when Jordan occupied Jerusalem in the 1960s. “Critics of Israel claim that Arabs can’t recover property under the same law, but the law is entirely neutral—it is simply the case that Jordan took property from Jews, not Palestinians,” the professors noted.

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The transcript is below, click “expand” to read:

CBS Evening News
May 17, 2021
6:32:11 p.m. Eastern

NORAH O’DONNELL: Good evening and thank you for joining us. We’re going to begin tonight with the deadliest 24 hours in the conflict between Israel and Hamas militants, and the growing calls for the U.S. to intervene in what many fear is rapidly becoming a humanitarian crisis.

As we come on the air, Israeli warplanes continue to pound Gaza, destroying the network of underground tunnels used by Hamas, reducing entire buildings to rubble, and killing more than 200. Now, Hamas is not letting up its assault either, bombarding Israeli cities with rockets as sirens astound and residents run for cover.

With the death toll on both sides mounting and many Palestinians in Gaza now without clean water or fuel, the White House says it is engaging in, quote, “Quiet intensive diplomacy.” But tonight, members to have the President’s party say those efforts need to be much louder and are calling for the U.S. to help broker a peace. Mr. Biden as just spoken to the Israeli prime minister, and CBS’s Ed O’Keefe will have more on that new information from the White House in just a moment.

But first, CBS’s Imtiaz Tyab is going to lead off our coverage on the ground in Tel Aviv. Good evening Imtiaz.

IMTIAZ TYAB: Norah, good evening, we’re entering week two of this crisis and people inside Gaza have been telling us that Israel’s bombings are unlike anything they’ve ever seen before. And neither side are showing any sign of letting up from their attacks.

[Cuts to video]

Israel says it’s being surgical in its strikes, but driving through the Palestinian territory, and it looks anything but. Major infrastructure and homes reduced to rubble in an instant. As the increasingly bloody conflict with Hamas moves into its second week, the death toll keeps rising, at least 200 Palestinians have been killed including more than 60 children.

In the southern Israeli town of Ashdod, this house took a direct hit from a Hamas rocket. This man says, “It can’t continue like this. We want to attack Gaza so that they are left without weapons to launch at us.” Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system has intercepted the vast majority of over the 3,000 rockets fired by Hamas but not all. Since fighting began, ten Israelis, including two children, have been killed.

The spark that lit the inferno that is this latest war in Gaza was here. In bitterly contested East Jerusalem where the looming evictions of Palestinian families continues to provoke fury. Fury which erupted again over the weekend during what Palestinians call Nakba, or Catastrophe Day protests marking the loss of Palestinian territory in 1948 with the creation of Israel. The looming evictions of eight Palestinian families by Jewish settlers has only inflamed tensions.

Jad Hammad faces expulsion from the house his family has lived in since the 1950s.

JAD HAMMAD: This is not the first time, not the second time. It’s going to be the third time for us.

[Cuts back to live]

TYAB: Tonight, Hamas is vowing to “rain fire” here on Tel Aviv, unless Israel ends its bombing campaign in Gaza. Norah.

O’DONNELL: Imtiaz Tyab, thank you.

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