Ethan Bronner has a great piece on the clamping down of the international press. He is distinguishing himself.
Like all wars, this one is partly about public relations. But unlike
any war in Israel’s history, in this one the government is seeking to
entirely control the message and narrative for reasons both of politics
and military strategy.
The Shifa director also told me that emergency medics still cannot
reach the Zaytoun house that yesterday morning was bombed with
inhabitants locked inside. There are two main accounts of the story,
both criminal. One: Israeli soldiers rounded up the inhabitants of the
multi-story house, separated the men –15, I was told–and shot them
point blank in front of the women and children of the family, 20, I was
told. Then, laid explosives around the house and bombed the rest of the
Two: Israeli soldiers rounded up the inhabitants of the multi-story
house, locked them in one room for a day, and bombed it the following
I asked a friend for some basis for this account. And of course I wonder if reports like this will now proliferate. And if some may be true.