No surprise here:
The UN human rights chief says Israel used "wholly disproportionate" force against Palestinian border protests which have left over 100 people dead.
Zeid Raad Al Hussein told a meeting in Geneva that Gazans were effectively "caged in a toxic slum" and Gaza's occupation by Israel had to end.
A strange "occupation", with no actual occupying. But, as we see here, the narrative according to Hamas is the narrative most of the media have endorsed. And from the UN we'd expect nothing else.
A bracing counter, then, from Phillip Mark McGough, at the Times of Israel - Narrative Engineering: Spectacle and Reality in Gaza:
There is no journalism here. Only narrative engineering. The iconography and visual grammar of recent reportage is a case in point. Here in the UK, for example, the BBC’s coverage of Gaza invariably involves children, double amputees, little old ladies being wheeled out in iron lungs or whatever, bravely but futilely defying the pitiless might of the IDF. The idea of course is to reinforce the myth of a helpless civilian population being ground to offal beneath the Israeli juggernaut. And, one has to say, it works....
The reality is that Hamas has once again been profligate with the lives of its own people, casting men, women, and children centre stage in flashmob theatre of a deadly — and breathtakingly cynical — kind. Journalists who in any other context would know better look on with willful credulity, peddling their flat-pack narrative of victim/oppressor, good/evil, occupied/occupier, with Israel always and forever on the wrong side of the forward slash....
The media’s morbidly obsessive interest in this little corner of the world notwithstanding, the bigger geopolitical picture is surprisingly encouraging. By all accounts the violence on the Gaza border only began to deescalate following some stern words in Cairo, whereto the Hamas leadership was summoned at short notice and told in the vernacular to Cut The Crap.
Indeed, the reaction from the Arab world as a whole hints at increasingly depleted supplies of patience. True, the squawks of indignation are still there, but not quite so indignant nor quite so loud as they once were. It’s of note in this respect that the Palestinians’ most vocal regional champions are now non-Arab actors, namely Turkey and Iran, widely despised in the Arab street as the old hegemon and the pretender to a new hegemony respectively. The Palestinians in their turn are perceived as Iranian marionettes, a people with grievances for hire to the highest bidder, and who have almost exhausted their inevitably finite utility as a safety valve for domestic discontent. Astonishing events are fast overtaking once-impregnable certainties- be it Trump’s transfer of diplomatic primacy to Jerusalem or the general reconfiguration of the Near East around an Israel-Saudi axis of mutual self-interest.
Regardless, and like a tired old performing monkey with an accordion, the media will continue to grind out the only tune it knows- that of eternal Israeli culpability contrasted with eternal Palestinian innocence. Yet so long as the Palestinians are infantilized by the bigotry of low expectations as morally nescient, devoid of agency, merely reacting to “injustices” heaped upon them by the Jews, no genuine progress in this debate is possible. The only fact that really matters is the urgency of a liberal Jewish democracy islanded by extremist forces pledged to its destruction, and which will always defend itself accordingly. All else is white noise and tyre smoke.