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Ron Dermer to CNN: You Do Your Viewers A Disservice [VIDEO]

The Israeli ambassador to the US slams CNN for its coverage, or lack of, regarding the Israel-Palestinian conflict

By: Daniel Koren

Published: July 25th, 2014 in News » Israel

As Israel's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer has been on a full-on campaign to educate those who are uniformed about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He's reamed out the New York Times in an editorial on Buzzfeed, calling them an "embarrassment to journalism," he's hosted a Twitter Q&A, praised the IDF's commitment to saving civilian lives, he's lectured and taken interviews.

On Thursday, Dermer appeared on CNN in what turned out to be a rather tense interview with host Erin Burnett, following the discovery that a second UNRWA school in Gaza was housing rockets for Hamas.

After the first such incident, the UN reportedly handed the rockets back to "local authorities" (which is Hamas), according to an Israeli official.

Meanwhile, CNN had reported on 16 people killed in a U.N. hospital in Gaza during an air strike, which they blamed on Israel, though Israeli officials had stated it could have very well come from a misfired rocket from Hamas.

Burnett asked Dermer if he know regarding the incident, to which he responded that she, and CNN, were doing "a disservice" to their viewers by not providing them with all the facts, in particular, that Hamas uses schools, hospitals and other non-military institutions as weapon depots.

“It would be a disservice to your viewers for a reporter from Gaza not to mention that in the last week we had two different UNRWA schools where we had actually rockets found in the schools and handed over to Hamas,” he said.

He also mentioned that he been watching CNN for hours, and had not heard a single report about it.

“I have not heard a single person say what I just said to you now, and I think that that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments,” he said. “Hamas is placing missile batteries in schools, in hospitals, in mosques, and there must be outrage by the world at Hamas to end this.”

Dermer's insight on the matter comes during a time where many are outraged at the media's coverage of the conflict, which have squarely placed Israel to blame, as opposed to Hamas, which began the conflict by shooting rockets into Israel lover two weeks ago. Despite Hamas using human shields and refusing several ceasefire agreements, Israel is still being viewed as the culprit, and therefore, according to many, losing the propaganda war.

Particularly in the media (including social media), and via demonstrations and rallies around the world, which seem to continuously condemn Israel.

Meanwhile, 700 Syrians were killed last week in the bloodiest two days of the war, yet it seems to always get the backburner to what's happening in Israel.

“I’m blaming the media for not connecting the dots,” Dermer said. “The dots point to the responsibility of Hamas for using schools as weapons depots and caches for hamas. It’s unacceptable, and the outrage of the world has to be turned on Hamas.”

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