A Swedish protester holds up a placard during a demonstration against Israel’s military action in the Gaza strip, in Stockholm on July 31..
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Since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza, there has been an almost endless supply of anti- Israeli sentiment in European news outlets.Last week was no exception. For example, Annie Stass, a journalist for Mediapart, a successful French online journal committed to investigative journalism, wrote a piece last week titled “The myth of legitimate defense,” arguing that the idea of Israel acting in self-defense is a huge fabrication. Why? “Because Israel is the aggressor as it occupies Palestinian territory,” and “...is breaking articles in the Geneva Convention and international law.” Furthermore, she made the argument that Israel has a disproportionate number of casualties compared to civilians in Gaza, a point that often sees the light in European newspapers.