ABC News tells viewers that scenes of destruction in Gaza are in Israel

More than fifty Palestinians have been killed and another 450 wounded since Monday in Israel’s ongoing assault on the besieged Gaza Strip, dubbed “Operation Protective Edge” by the Israeli army. 

As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its people against irrational Palestinian rocket fire.

There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence. 

In one stark example, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.

As Sawyer segues into the segment, she says, “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” Next to her is video footage not of Israelis or even Israel, but of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza.

Sawyer then incorrectly describes an image of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the smoking debris of a missile-hit home in Gaza as “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.” 

(Electronic Intifada)

Here’s where you come in. 

1: Share this error on social media, specifically on tumblr reblog and try to spread this misinformation as much as possible. 


2a. Select “World News with Diane Sawyer” for the show you wish to critique, and “Complaint” in the drop down menus. 

2b. Here is a pre written statement that you can use if you wish, or write up your own. 

While Diane Sawyer was covering the recent siege on Gaza by the Israeli military she very wrongly told viewers that the scenes of destruction and turmoil the Palestinian people were going through in Gaza were pictures of Israeli people. It is absolutely outrageous that a news station like ABC would make such a blatant ridiculous error in its news reporting. Please make a correction to the mistakes made earlier today immediately. Proof:

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The stunning Nasir al-mulk Mosque hides a gorgeous secret between the walls of its fairly traditional exterior: stepping inside is like walking into a kaleidoscope of colors. Every day, the rays of the early morning sun shine through colorful stained-glass windows, transforming the halls into a dazzling wonderland of rich hues, patterns, and light that play on the floor of the mosque.

Did Malaysian Airlines 370 disappear using SIA68/SQ68 (another 777)?


Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:01 AM EST

UPDATED: Monday, March 17, 2014 - 9:00 AM EST
Typo was made during the conversion of UTC times. Meeting of SIA68 and MH320 occurred at 18:00UTC - 18:15UTC. MH320 dropped off of civilian radar at 17:22UTC.

UPDATE - Monday, March 17, 2014 - 12:15 PM EST
Some have raised the statement that TCAS doesn’t work if the transponder is disabled… this is only partially correct. Other planes TCAS would NOT see MH370 at all. MH370 would not actively query other planes as it’s transponder is off HOWEVER it could still listen to any transponder output from other planes that are actively transmitting. SQ68 would have been actively transmitting while in-range of Subang ATC center.

It is not that Islam doesn’t believe in love so Muslims don’t celebrate Valentines Day and the likes. Rather, the concept of love is SO STRONG in Islam that it refuses to acknowledge anything that downgrades and cheapens this wonderful emotion.

The concept of love is SO WISE in Islam that it protects the dignity, honor and rights of both the man and the woman, and doesn’t let one run away after ‘having their bit of fun.’

The concept of love is SO SACRED in Islam that even feeding your wife a morsel of food is a rewarded, blessed deed. That being good to your husband can be a doorway to Paradise!

The concept of love is SO PRACTICAL in Islam that it is not dependant on gimmicks and commercial promotion. Rather, it is lived through honesty, gentleness and affection each day of the year, each moment of life.

Actually the concept of love is SO AMAZING in Islam that it doesn’t end with this Dunya, rather it binds the hearts that love each other in His Obedience in this life and beyond! A story that perseveres in Dunya and then will enjoy permanent bliss in the hereafter.

And how shall it not be, when Islam is itself from AL-WADOOD, the Most Loving, the Source of all love, the Bestower of this wonderful gift!

There is no faith that advocates love more justly, more deeply than Islam. It celebrates it… wholly and eternally, and doesn’t need the world to say when exactly and how exactly it should be expressed!

Where do you take your definition of LOVE from?

Sh. Tawfique Chowdhury