Afghan turmoil helps Israel suppress media coverage of its abuses
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By Ray Hanania
The “shock and awe” surrounding the swift Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has created a perfect distraction for Israel as it steps up its violence against Palestinians.
During the past week, as mainstream news media was consumed with reports of Kabul’s collapse and takeover by the Taliban, Israel has been fueling American concerns while also stepping up its campaign against the Palestinians.
Mainstream US news media already barely covers the violence by Israel’s government against Palestinians, a violence that has cost four lives in the past week and more than 40 lives in the past three months alone.
Can the US news media do even less? Yes, they can, as the focus of the nation turns to the resurrection of the Taliban in Afghanistan.