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There’s a disappointing story in the New York Times today about that fatal rocket attack on Israel yesterday. It plays pretty big, on page three.

In the first paragraph we are informed that the rocket was fired from "Hamas-controlled" territory.

It isn’t till we reach the fifth or sixth paragraph that we are told that "Ansar al-Sunna, a small, fiercely anti-Western jihadist group that challenges Hamas" takes responsibility for the attack. And then, much lower down, it says that Hamas "has made some efforts to prevent rocket fire by smaller militant groups."

So, basically, Israel went in, destroyed the Gaza police force, smashed everything to pieces, and now is holding the Hamas government responsible for everything that happens in every square inch of its territory.

James North

James North is a Mondoweiss Editor-at-Large, and has reported from Africa, Latin America, and Asia for four decades. He lives in New York City.

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