Education or mind infection?
by Nurit Peled-Elhanan | Speech given at Connecticut College, New London, CT | 27 September 2006
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In September 1997, Nurit Peled-Elhanan’s daughter Samarder was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber. She and her family are members of the Palestinian and Israeli Bereaved Families for Peace. Her two elder sons are active in the peace movements of the Refusenik and Combatants for Peace, a new movement of Israeli and Palestinian ex fighters. Dr. Peled-Elhanan is the recipient of the European Parliament 2001 Sakharov Prize for Human Rights and Freedom of Thought. She is now touring the US together with a Palestinian woman (Hanan Abu Ghosh) who lost her 17 year old brother to Israeli gunfire. More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Oct 01, 06 | 9:37 pm

Ground to a Halt
by ROBERT PAPE | The New York Times | August 3, 2006
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ISRAEL has finally conceded that air power alone will not defeat Hezbollah. Over the coming weeks, it will learn that ground power won’t work either. The problem is not that the Israelis have insufficient military might, but that they misunderstand the nature of the enemy. More...
Submitted by: Hanan Rihan on Aug 04, 06 | 4:03 pm

Covering up Gaza
by Jonathan Cook | Al-Ahram Weekly | 13-19 July, Issue No. 803
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The state of Israel, fearful of the truth, continues to control media coverage of its brutal occupation, writes Jonathan Cook*

One early and easy victory for Israel in Gaza has been in its battle to manage the news. Israel's invasion is a very private war against Gaza's population, to which only invited guests -- the representatives of our major media outlets -- are being given access.

In the last Iraq war, America set a precedent by requiring Western reporters to "embed" with its forces before they were let near the battlefield. Israel is following suit, adopting similar measures to control the flow of bad news from Gaza.

The restrictions on who can report and what they can tell us explain in part why more than a fortnight after an Israeli soldier was captured, almost every Western reporter is still referring to him as "kidnapped"; why the destruction of vital civilian infrastructure such as Gaza's only power plant is described as "pressure" rather than what it is -- collective punishment, a violation of international law and a war crime; and why the deaths of large numbers of Palestinians, civilians and militants, in the current attacks are receiving far less coverage than the deaths of the two soldiers enforcing the occupation that gave Israel the pretext to launch its invasion. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Jul 18, 06 | 9:18 pm

Telling It Like It Isn't
by Robert Fisk | The Los Angeles Times | 27 December 2005
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ROBERT FISK is Middle East correspondent for the London Independent and the author, most recently, of "The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East," published last month by Knopf.

I FIRST REALIZED the enormous pressures on American journalists in the Middle East when I went some years ago to say goodbye to a colleague from the Boston Globe. I expressed my sorrow that he was leaving a region where he had obviously enjoyed reporting. I could save my sorrows for someone else, he said. One of the joys of leaving was that he would no longer have to alter the truth to suit his paper's more vociferous readers.

"I used to call the Israeli Likud Party 'right wing,' " he said. "But recently, my editors have been telling me not to use the phrase. A lot of our readers objected." And so now, I asked? "We just don't call it 'right wing' anymore." More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Dec 29, 05 | 9:04 am

The Gaza Disengagement and the Prospect of Further Human Rights Violations
by Ilan Pappe | Adalah’s Newsletter, Volume 16 | August 2005
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There is an amazing gap between the global discourse on the Gaza Disengagement Plan of the Sharon government and the local realities on the ground. Whereas the Israeli pullout is being portrayed in international public fora as an historic decision, which offers a rare opportunity for peace in the area, local observers – especially in Palestine – warn that the plan is not likely to advance the peace process; in fact, it is seen as a deliberate attempt by the Israelis to obstruct any future progress towards an acceptable solution.

This imbalance between representation and reality makes it difficult to assess and discuss the significance of the Gaza withdrawal from a human-rights perspective. The attempt here will be to weigh the potential positive outcomes of the Israeli withdrawal against the potential negative repercussions for human rights in Israel and Palestine. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Sep 04, 05 | 10:07 am

The settlers' retreat was the theatre of the cynical
by Jonathan Steele | The Guardian | 19 August 2005
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Contrast the world's overwhelming coverage, especially on television, of the departure of Israeli settlers from Gaza with the minimal reporting of larger and more brutal evictions in previous months.
There was no "sensitivity training" for Israeli troops, no buses to drive the expellees away, no generous deadlines to get ready, no compensation packages for their homes, and no promise of government-subsidised alternative housing when the bulldozers went into Rafah. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Aug 20, 05 | 4:40 pm

It's Imperialism, Stupid
by Noam Chomski | Information Clearing House | 5/7/2005
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07/05/05 "ICH" - - IN his June 28 speech, President Bush asserted that the invasion of Iraq was undertaken as part of "a global war against terror" that the United States is waging. In reality, as anticipated, the invasion increased the threat of terror, perhaps significantly.
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Submitted by: nachoua on Jul 06, 05 | 9:21 pm

Red Herring
by Uri Avnery | Gush-Shalom | 18/6/2005
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The experience was almost surrealistic: I was in a hall in the centre of Gaza, facing some 500 people, all of them bearded men, nearly all of them Hamas militants. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Jun 24, 05 | 3:58 pm

Weapons of Mass Deception
by Christian Henderson/Danny Schechter | Al Jazeera Net | 25 April 2005
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At the time of the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, 70% of Americans told pollsters they believed Saddam Hussein's government was partly responsible for the 9/11 attacks.

In the prelude to the war, the Bush administration hinted at the existence of a link between Iraq and the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

However, intelligence investigations commissioned by the White House and Congress have since determined the suggested links were false. More...
Submitted by: adminr on May 12, 05 | 9:52 am

Why do they collaborate?
by V. Buch | Occupation Magazine | 2 April 2005
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The following paradox never ceases to amaze me:

Why do mainstream Israelis collaborate with the Occupation? Most of them are unenthusiastic about the settlement enterprise. You may often hear from them “I do not support the settlers”… “I would gladly give up the Territories for peace”. And while nationalist hype exists in Israel, it is limited. During the first two years of this Intifada I accompanied Palestinians in need of treatment to Israeli hospitals. Once they managed to get there, a considerable number of Israelis tried hard to help them. In everyday situation you can find much decency, generosity, tolerance and human warmth in Israel.

And yet the sons of these same people serve in the army, endanger their lives in the Occupied Territories, and shoot at Palestinians when ordered to. More...
Submitted by: Mona Baker on Apr 15, 05 | 8:35 pm

Weapons dust worries Iraqis
by Thomas D. Williams | Hartford Courant | 1/11/2004
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Provisional Government Seeks Cleanup; U.S. Downplays Risks

Despite assurances from the U.S. military that depleted uranium from exploded munitions does not pose a significant health threat, Iraq's provisional government is asking the United Nations for help cleaning up the low-level radioactive, metal dust spread across local battlefields by U.S. and British forces during the Persian Gulf wars. More...
Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 03, 04 | 2:37 am

The war on Iraq has made moral cowards of us all
by Scott Ritter | The Guardian | 1/11/2004
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More than 100,000 Iraqis have been killed - and where is our shame and rage?

11/01/04 "The Guardian" -- The full scale of the human cost already paid for the war o­n Iraq is o­nly now becoming clear. Last week's estimate by investigators, using credible methodology, that more than 100,000 Iraqi civilians - most of them women and children - have died since the US-led invasion is a profound moral indictment of our countries. The US and British governments quickly moved to cast doubt o­n the Lancet medical journal findings, citing other studies. These mainly media-based reports put the number of Iraqi civilian deaths at about 15,000 - although the basis for such an endorsement is unclear, since neither the US nor the UK admits to collecting data o­n Iraqi civilian casualties.
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Submitted by: nachoua on Nov 03, 04 | 2:30 am

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