Video: Gaza Children Cheer for Rockets to Hit America
The terrorist group Hamas fired at least 117 rockets into Israel Sunday, CNN reported, as violence there escalated again. But major U.S. media have censored Palestinian's anti-American reaction to this ongoing attack on an ally. In one Al Jazeera America video, children cheered on the rockets, wishing they would land in the United States.
For Al Jazeera's "America Tonight," foreign correspondent Nick Schifrin reported during an older segment entitled "Israel invades Gaza" on July 17. "Palestinian fighters fire a barrage of rockets," he noted, with two flying towards Tel Aviv. As the camera focused on children clapping and cheering, Schifrin translated, "They tell me they hope they land not on Israel, but in the United States."
Schifrin explained how "Stopping those rockets is Israel's main reason for this war." The second reason for Israel, he said, is "to destroy tunnels that fighters use to sneak from Gaza into Israel." "Both the rockets and the tunnels are located in the Shujayea neighborhood and this Sunday Israel took dead aim," he continued.
Placing Gazans as the victims (as did the rest of the segment), Schifrin emphasized, "All night and all morning, the Israeli military bombarded Shujayea," and described how, "More civilians died here in one night than in the previous three days of conflict."
Katie Yoder is Staff Writer, Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow in Culture and Media at the Media Research Center. Follow Katie Yoder on Twitter