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Dispatches from the Underclass

Remember how the media freaked out when Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared his desire to “wipe Israel off the map”? Despite it being an inaccurate translation, the western media never misses an opportunity rehash that remark. Similarly, whenever Hamas makes a vile remark about Israel, mainstream outlets amplify it the world over to make certain that everyone understands that Israel is deeply hated by violent brown folks with funny beards.

Given the media’s obsession with negative comments about Israel, I’m curious to understand why the increasingly genocidal rhetoric of Israeli officials and public figures over the last week has been completely ignored.

With Israel well into it’s sixth day of bombing the densely populated Gaza Strip, you would think that rightwing Knesset member, Michael Ben-Ari, calling on Israel to “erase” Gaza—then equivalent of a US Senator demanding we eradicate the entire Afghan population—would be newsworthy. But it’s not.

You would…

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