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    PROTEST AT OBAMA’S VACATION HOUSE

    KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) – A small group of placard-waving pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered near U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's vacation retreat in Hawaii on Tuesday to protest against the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.

    Obama has made no public comment on the strikes, which Israel launched on Saturday. Aides have repeatedly said he is monitoring the situation and continues to receive intelligence briefings but that there is only one U.S. president at a time.

    Some critics, however, say Obama did choose to speak out after the attacks on the Indian city of Mumbai in November in which gunmen killed nearly 180 people, condemning them as acts of terrorism.

    Obama, who takes office on January 20 from outgoing Republican President George W. Bush, has also spoken out on economic issues facing the United States.

    "He is talking about how many jobs he is going to create but he is refusing to speak about this," said one of the protesters, Carolyn Hadfield, 66.

    Hadfield was one of eight protesters standing with placards reading "No U.S. support for Israel" and "Gazans need food and medicine, not war" near Obama's rented vacation home in Kailua, an upmarket suburb on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, where Obama is in the second week of a vacation with his family.

    Obama had not left the compound on Tuesday morning and did not see the protest.

    Obama has in the past called Israel one of the United States' greatest allies and has vowed to ensure the security of the Jewish state.

    He has also said he would make a sustained push to achieve the goal of two states -- a Jewish state in Israel and a Palestinian state.

    Israel on Tuesday pressed on with air strikes in Gaza that it says are in response to rocket fire by Hamas militants deep inside the Jewish state. Medical officials put Palestinian casualties at 383 dead and more than 800 wounded.

    The Bush administration has so far backed Israel's actions in Gaza and demanded the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas stop firing rockets into Israel and agree to a lasting ceasefire.

    "We are very upset with what is going in Palestine. There is a very great need for change in U.S. foreign policy toward Israel and Palestine. We need to stop giving Israel a blank check," said another protester, Margaret Brown, 66.

    The protesters were rebuffed when they tried to hand a letter signed by dozens of U.S. activist groups to a Secret Service agent guarding the access road to Obama's beachfront.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20081231/...rael_usa_obama

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    British telecom firm severs ties with Israeli counterparts

    UK's FreedomCall informs Israeli company of decision via email, blames Gaza operation

    Meir Orbach Published: 12.31.08, 20:04 / Israel Money

    British telecommunications firm FreedomCall has terminated its cooperation with Israel's MobileMax due to the IDF operation in Gaza.

    "We received an email from the British company informing us that it is severing all ties with us and any other Israeli company following Israel's strike in Gaza," said CEO Raanan Cohen.

    "We weren't expecting this from them and there was no prior warning. I don't intend to appeal to them or answer the letter."


    The email from FreedomCall said, "As a result of the Israeli government action in the last few days we will no longer be in a position to consider doing business with yourself or any other Israeli company."

    MobileMax, established in 2004, produces a program providing cellular phones with inexpensive international service


    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7...648346,00.html

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    BOYCOTT ISRAEL

    EVERYONE SHOULD BOYCOTT ISRAHELL PRODUCTS AND ANY COMPANY THAT SUPPORTS THEM TO SHOW WE DON’T SUPPORT TERRORISTS AND THEIR TERRORISM OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS NOR COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT AND MASSACRE OF THE MASSES









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    Who is to blame for the loss of life in Gaza?

    Click here and Vote Israel....

    and share with others, show solidarity for Gazans and against Israhell


    "Allah has promised those among you who believe, and do righteous good deeds, that he will certainly grant them succession to (the present rulers) in the earth, as he granted it to those before them, and that he will grant them the authority to practice their religion, that which he has chosen for them (i.e. islaam). And he will surely give them in exchange a safe security after their fear (provided) they (believers) worship me and do not associate anything (in worship) with me." (24:55)

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    Propaganda war: trusting what we see?

    By Paul Reynolds
    World affairs correspondent, BBC News website



    Israel has tried to take the initiative in the propaganda war over Gaza but, in one important instance, its version has been seriously challenged.

    The incident raises the question of how to interpret video taken from the air.

    Israel released video of an air attack on 28 December, which appeared to show rockets being loaded onto a lorry. The truck and those close to it were then destroyed by a missile.


    video: Israeli footage of the truck being attacked - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7809371.stm


    This was clear evidence, the Israelis said, of how accurate their strikes were and how well justified. A special unit it has set up to coordinate its informational plan put the video onto YouTube as part of its effort to use modern means of communications to get Israel's case across.

    The YouTube video has a large caption on it saying "Grad missiles being loaded onto the Hamas vehicle." As of Saturday morning UK time, more than 260,000 people had watched it.

    Different version

    It turned out, however, that a 55-year-old Gaza resident named Ahmed Sanur, or Samur, claimed that the truck was his and that he and members of his family and his workers were moving oxygen cylinders from his workshop.

    This workshop had been damaged when a building next door was bombed by the Israelis and he was afraid of looters, he said.

    The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem put Mr Sanur's account on its website, together with a photograph of burned out oxygen cylinders.

    Mr Sanur said that eight people, one of them his son, had been killed. He subsequently told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz: "These were not Hamas, they were our children... They were not Grad missiles.".

    The Israeli response was that the "materiel" was being taken from a site that had stored weapons. The video remains on You Tube.

    But the incident shows how an apparently definitive piece of video can turn into something much more doubtful.

    It is reminiscent of an event in the Nato war against Serbia over Kosovo in 1999. In that case, a video taken from the air seemed to show a military convoy which was then attacked.

    On the ground however it was discovered that the "trucks" were in fact tractors towing cartloads of civilian refugees, many of whom were killed.


    Israel effort

    The Israeli propaganda effort is being directed to achieve two main aims.

    The first is to justify the air attacks. The second is to show that there is no humanitarian calamity in Gaza.

    Both these aims are intended to place Israel in a strong position internationally and to enable its diplomacy to act as an umbrella to fend off calls for a ceasefire while the military operation unfolds.

    Israel has pursued the first aim by being very active in getting its story across that Hamas is to blame. The sight of Hamas rockets streaking into Israel has been helpful in this respect.

    It has also allowed trucks in with food aid and has stressed that it will not let people starve, even if they go short.
    Israel appears to think its efforts are working.

    One of its spokespeople, who has regularly appeared on the international media, Major Avital Leibovich, said: "Quite a few outlets are very favourable to Israel."

    Ban on foreign media

    Israel has bolstered its approach by banning foreign correspondents from Gaza, despite a ruling from the Israeli Supreme Court.

    The Arab television news channel Al Jazeera is operating there and its reports have been graphic and have affected opinion across the Arab world. The BBC also has its local bureau hard at work.

    But the absence of reporters from major organisations has meant, for example, that Mr Samur's story has not been as widely told as it probably would have been, or his account subject to an on-the-spot examination.

    Meanwhile Israel has received good coverage of the threats and damage to its own towns and communities.

    Whether Israel retains any propaganda initiative is not all certain. Pictures of dead and wounded children have undermined its claim to pinpoint accuracy and the longer this goes on, the greater the potential for world public opinion to swing against it, with diplomatic pressure building for a cessation.

    Its presentational problems would be hugely increased if it engaged in a ground operation, which would bring with it more pictures of death and destruction.

    Update: several readers have e-mailed to ask whether I believe Hamas. One said I had "bought into" Hamas propaganda. Another that I should have dealt with Hamas' claims: "What's missing speaks volumes about your one-sidedness."

    I do not believe anyone's "propaganda." We seek to verify all claims, from whatever source. One of the main claims in Gaza at the moment is the serious situation for the population. Having reported from Gaza many times over the years, I know how crowded parts of it are and how dependent the people are on food aid from the UN. This means they have no other source of supply but equally, if the system is working, they should be getting enough to get by on. The problem is that foreign correspondents cannot get in to establish the exact situation for themselves.

    Paul.Reynolds-INTERNET@bbc.co.uk


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    Al-Sudais asks Muslims to rally behind Palestinians

    MAKKAH: In his Friday speech yesterday, Imam of the Grand Mosque Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais appealed to international bodies to take steps to ensure an immediate cease-fire in Gaza and condemned state-sponsored terrorism against innocent people.

    “On behalf of all Muslims in the world we call on the international community and other organizations to immediately stop this Zionist terrorism,” Al-Sudais said.

    He further urged all Muslim countries to rally behind the Palestinians and offer them help.

    Addressing the Palestinians, he said, “Brothers in faith, be optimistic, you will be victorious with the help of Allah. Dawn breaks after the darkness of the night. Relief will come after the misery,” he said. Quoting a verse from the Holy Qur’an, he said, “So lose not heart, nor fall into despair, for you will gain mastery if you are true in faith.”

    He added that the Prophet (peace be upon him) asked the believers to be patient and optimistic at times of hardships. “The great prophets of Islam achieved their goals against all odds with their optimism, hope, patience, strong faith and prayers.”

    He told the people of Gaza that the Hijrah new year, which began on Dec. 28, was the right occasion to keep their hopes alive. “Let us begin the new year of the Hijrah calendar hoping for good news because the blessed Hijrah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) inspired the succeeding generations with optimism and hope for great achievements,” he said.

    He also underscored the significance of Muharram, the first month of the new year. “It was in Muharram that Allah’s Messenger Musa (peace be upon him) achieved victory over the mighty tyrant Pharaoh,” he said. He also commended the efforts of the Saudi government and people to help Gazans.

    In his sermon at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Sheikh Salah Al-Budair expresses grief over the pitiable state of Muslims in Palestine where people are being massacred, buildings destroyed and lands grabbed by Israel.

    He stressed the need for greater unity and mutual support and called on the believers to offer all possible assistance to the people of Gaza. “Is it befitting to the Muslims, who are the largest in the world in terms of population and richest in resources, to throw their brethren to the mercy of a bunch of wolfish Jews?” Sheikh Al-Budair said, adding that the “world is being ruled by a jungle law.” He told the Muslims to unite because “it is the duty of people of Islam to strengthen themselves with mutual support so that they can protect their land, holy places and religion particularly at times of calamities and disasters.”


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    Hope for Gaza: Prayers for Peace & Mercy

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

    Assalamu Alaikum waRahmatullahi waBarakatuh

    We are all aware of the suffering our brothers and sisters in Palestine have endured over the last 60 years. The situation has now escalated to crisis point, and over 400 have been killed, not to mention the thousands who have been injured both physically and mentally with the unjust torture they have witnessed. We've conducted rally's, wrote to the organisations that are in positions of power, and signed endless petitions….Unfortunately, our efforts demanding justice have been ignored.

    As Muslims we are aware that only Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) can help us in times of need, when we have been ignored by organisations that can make changes, when our efforts are fruitless, what do we do? We turn to Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala!!)

    This is a plea to all Muslims out there, to unite, to stand together and pray for our brothers and sisters in Palestine. We cannot disregard the power of dua, and in times like this, when we feel we have little or no control, we can turn to The One who has All Control and Power.

    We have decided to call for the following campaign, to coincide with the current month of Muharram that we are in and the day of Ashura. This campaign will require two days of your time and for all who can participate, here are the requirements:
    ·To fast for the 9th and 10th of Muharram
    ·To stand in Qiyam ul Layl (Night Prayer) on the night of the 9th and 10th of Muharram
    If you cannot do the full two days, then please do what you can, even if it's just an hour of 'Ibadah. We must remember that our fasting and praying (as with all forms of 'Ibadah) are done for the pleasure of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) and for Him alone. However, the virtues of the dua of a fasting person, and the dua of one who has forsaken their sleep have been highlighted in the following hadith:
    The Messenger of Allah (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) said; Three supplications will not be rejected (by Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala)), the supplication of the parent for his child, the supplication of the one who is fasting, and the supplication of the traveler. [al-Bayhaqi, at-Tirmidhi - Sahih]

    Abu Hurairah (radiuallahu anhu) narrated that Allah's Messenger (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: 'In the last third of every night our Rabb (Cherisher and Sustainer) (Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) descends to the lower-most heaven and says; "Who is calling Me, so that I may answer him? Who is asking Me so that may I grant him? Who is seeking forgiveness from Me so that I may forgive him?"' [Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith Qudsi]

    We sincerely ask for the Ummah to do what they can, there are many of us, and together we CAN make a difference, we can make a CHANGE. Let's show others how we conduct ourselves in hard times, how we show patience and perseverance, and most importantly, how we unite in times of hardship.

    The Messenger of Allah (sallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: "Believers are like a structure, parts of which support one another. The believers, in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever." [Sahih al-Bukhari & Muslim]

    Please circulate this email to your friends, family, to local Masjids, College/Universities, and Community Centre's etc... Let's make this a collective effort.

    Insha'Allah we are successful in our efforts. May Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) help all the Muslims who are suffering around the world, may He listen to our sincere duas and forgive us of our sins. Ameen.
    More info can be found at

    http://justquraan.wordpress.com/2009/01/02/gaza-in-need/

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    Audio - The real reasons for the Gaza Holocaust


    The following is a MUST LISTEN for anyone who wants to know the truth behind the Israeli massacre in Gaza. In clear and no uncertain terms Israeli government officials and official documents show that the attack on Gaza was planned more than 6 months ago. What is also key is how they developed the narrative of missile attacks from Hamas as propaganda for "goyim" consumption to justify their attacks.

    Please share this information with everyone that you can so that the true evil and diabolical nature of the Zionist regime can be exposed and how indeed they view the rest of the world as "human cattle" to feed disinformation to in order to justify their dastardly deeds.

    The link to this VERY IMPORTANT audio exposure is (Click "Play"):

    http://www.box.net/shared/rydpmtmos5

    We ask that the media, Muslim and non-Muslim take responsibility for truth and cease spreading the erroneous Israeli propaganda that this lop- sided massacre is in response to Palestinians firing missiles into Israel which caused no Israeli casualties during the cease fire. As revealed by Israeli government officials and their own documents, this massacre of the inhabitants in Gaza is something the Israeli government has been deliberately planning for more than six months.

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    THE HORROR IN GAZA!!!

    THIS IS WHY THEY WON’T LET THE CAMERAS IN (WARNING SHOCKING VIDEO)!

    http://adamsolomon.org/2009/01/04/th...hocking-video/

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    CBC News

    Video Israel Doesn’t Want You to See

    "This video was not actually supposed to be aired. The arrangement is this, all the three Israeli networks agree that if the army doesn`t like what`s filmed, the footage is never broadcast. In this case, the army decided this video is too embarrassing, too damaging so it ordered it shelved. But israel`s Channel 2 decided to break the embargo and the army and the government and a lot of viewers did not like what they saw".

    http://ahmedismailibrahim.wordpress.com/2007/05/10/video-israel-doesnt-want-you-to-see/ (3minutes)

    No, It's NOT a mistake. It's the way of life for Palestinians everyday under Occupation. The oppressed are called Terrorists!!! What kind of Justice is this?!!!

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    NEWS CLIPS(under 5 minutes)

    British news: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXXHw...layer_embedded

    British coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfTbA...layer_embedded

    CNN: Israeli military attacks relief boat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBpcC...layer_embedded

    New Zealand coverage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42oPP...layer_embedded

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    "Gaza an Islamic Issue"


    Due to the graphics displayed, viewer discretion is advised. Lecture details how the Muslims in Gaza are tested and in need of our support



    See it on IslamicTube:

    http://www.islamictube.net/user/1073/videos/public



    America gave Israel $30,000,000,000 this year while? - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6948981.stm

    63,000 Americans lost their jobs (largest drop since 2003 - 5 years) - http://money.cnn.com/2008/03/07/news/economy/jobs_february/index.htm?cnn=yes

    millions of Americans can't afford their mortgage payments - http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23522701/

    Bush vetoed 5-billion a year for American children's health insurance - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bob-franken/nightmares_b_65575.html

    So in other words, giving Israel money to terrorize Palestinians is worth more than Americans losing jobs, Americans losing their homes and taking care of American children.

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    United Nations: Hamas Did Not Break the Truce, Israel Did.!!!



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    Bush thanks Mubarak for the "positive role" of Egypt during the massacre of Gaza


    WASHINGTON, (PIC)-- The white house announced on Wednesday that the US president George Bush called the Egyptian president Husni Mubarak and thanked him for Egypt's "positive role" during the past few days of the war on the Gaza Strip.


    White house spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, also said that Bush called the PA president Mahnoud Abbas and the premier of his illegitimate government Salam Fayyad and emphasized the need for a lasting cease-fire.


    "President Bush and the two Palestinian leaders discussed their efforts for a sustainable cease-fire. They agreed that for any cease-fire to be effective, it must be respected, particularly by Hamas," Johndroe said.

    Bush, who is leaving the white house in three weeks, has not made any statement about the Israeli onslaught against the Gaza Strip.

    The Washington Post quoted a US administration official as saying that Israel chose to attack at this time to utilise the remaining days for president Bush in office.

    http://www.palestine-info.co.uk/

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    On January 3 2009, 10,000 Israeli citizens gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the war in Gaza.






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    In the US, Gaza is A Different War




    Habib Battah
    Posted by Al-Jazeera


    The mainstream US media has been careful to balance images of Gazan suffering with those of Israelis, leading to accusations it is not reflecting the unequal death toll.


    The images of two women on the front page of an edition of The Washington Post last week illustrates how mainstream US media has been reporting Israel's war on Gaza.


    On the left was a Palestinian mother who had lost five children. On the right was a nearly equally sized picture of an Israeli woman who was distressed by the fighting, according to the caption.


    As the Palestinian woman cradled the dead body of one child, another infant son, his face blackened and disfigured with bruises, cried beside her.


    The Israeli woman did not appear to be wounded in any way but also wept.


    Arab frustration
    To understand the frustration often felt in the Arab world over US media coverage, one only needs to imagine the same front page had the situation been reversed.


    If an Israeli woman had lost five daughters in a Palestinian attack, would The Washington Post run an equally sized photograph of a relatively unharmed Palestinian woman, who was merely distraught over Israeli missile fire?

    When the front page photographs of the two women were published on December 30, over 350 Palestinians had reportedly been killed compared to just four Israelis.


    What if 350 Israelis had been killed and only four Palestinians - would the newspaper have run the stories side by side as if equal in news value?

    Like many major news organizations in the US, The Washington Post has chosen to cover the conflict from a perspective that reflects the US government's relationship with Israel. This means prioritizing Israel's version of events while underplaying the views of Palestinian groups.


    For example, the newspaper's lead article on Tuesday, which was published above the mothers' photographs, quotes Israeli military and civilian sources nine times before quoting a single Palestinian. The first seven paragraphs explain Israel's military strategy. The ninth paragraph describes the anxiety among Israelis, spending evenings in bomb shelters. Ordinary Palestinians, who generally have no access to bomb shelters, do not make an appearance until the 23rd paragraph.


    To balance this top story, The Washington Post published another article on the bottom half of the front page about the Palestinian mother and her children.
    But would the paper have ever considered balancing a story about a massive attack on Israelis with an in-depth lead piece on the strategy of Palestinian militants?

    Context stripped
    Major US television channels also adopted the equal time approach, despite the reality that Palestinian casualties exceeded Israeli ones by a hundred fold. However, such comparisons were rare because the scripts read by American correspondents often excluded the overall Palestinian death count.


    By stripping the context, American viewers may have easily assumed a level playing field, rather than a case of disproportionate force.


    Take the opening lines of a report filed by NBC's Martin Fletcher on December 30: "In Gaza two little girls were taking out the rubbish and killed by an Israeli rocket - while in Israel, a woman had been driving home and was killed by a Hamas rocket. No let up today on either side on the fourth day of this battle.
    "

    Omitted from the report was the overall Palestinian death toll, dropped continuously in subsequent reports filed by NBC correspondents over the next several days.


    When number of deaths did appear - sometimes as a graphic at the bottom of the screen - it was identified as the number of "people killed" rather than being attributed specifically to Palestinians.


    No wonder the overwhelmingly asymmetrical bombardment of Gaza has been framed vaguely as "rising tensions in the Middle East" by news anchors.


    With the lack of context, the power dynamic on the ground becomes unclear.


    ABC news, for example, regularly introduced events in Gaza as "Mideast Violence". And Like NBC, reporters excluded the Palestinian death toll.


    On December 31, when Palestinian deaths stood at almost 400, ABC correspondent Simon McGergor-Wood began a video package by describing damage to an Israeli school by Hamas rockets.


    The reporter's script can be paraphrased as follows: Israel wanted a sustainable ceasefire; Israel needed to prevent Hamas from rearming; Hamas targets were hit; Israel was sending in aid and letting the injured out; Israel was doing "everything they can to alleviate the humanitarian crisis". And with that McGregor-Wood signed off.


    Palestinian perspective missing
    There was no parallel telling of the Palestinian perspective, and no mention of any damages to Palestinian lives, although news agencies that day had reported five Palestinians dead.


    For the ABC correspondent, it seemed the Palestinian deaths contained less news value than damage to Israeli buildings. His narration of events, meanwhile, amounted to no less than a parroting of the official Israeli line.


    In fact, the Israeli government view typically went unchallenged on major US networks.


    Interviews with Israeli spokesmen and ambassadors were not juxtaposed with the voices of Palestinian leaders. Prominent American news anchors frequently adopted the Israeli viewpoint. In talk show discussions, instead of debating events on the ground, the pundits often reinforced each other's views.


    Such an episode occurred on a December 30 broadcast of the MSNBC show, Morning Joe, during which host Joe Scarborough repeatedly insisted that Israel should not be judged.


    Israel was defending itself just as the US had done throughout history. "How many people did we kill in Germany?" Scarborough posed.


    The blame rested on the Palestinians, he concluded, connecting the Gaza attacks to the Camp David negotiations of 2000. "They gave the Palestinians everything they could ask for, and they walked away from the table," he said repeatedly.


    Although this view was challenged once by Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former US official, who appeared briefly on the show, subsequent guests agreed incessantly with Scarborough's characterisation of the Palestinians as negligent, if not criminal in nature.


    According to guest Dan Bartlett, a former White House counsel, the Palestinian leadership had made it "very clear" that they were uninterested in peace talks.


    Another guest, NBC anchor David Gregory, began by noting that Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian president, "could not be trusted", according to Bill Clinton, the former US president.


    Gregory then added that Hamas had "undercut the peace process" and actually welcomed the attacks.


    "The reality is that Hamas wanted this, they didn't want the ceasefire," he said.


    Columnist Margaret Carlson also joined the show, agreeing in principal that Hamas should be "crushed" but voicing concern over the cost of such action.


    Thus the debate was not whether Israel was justified, but rather what Israel should do next. The Palestinian human tragedy received little to no attention.


    Victim's perspective
    Arab audiences saw a different picture altogether. Rather than mulling Israel's dilemma, the Arab news networks captured the air assault in chilling detail from the perspective of its victims. The divide in coverage was staggering.


    For US networks, the bombing of Gaza has largely been limited to two-minute video packages or five minute talk show segments. This has usually meant a few snippets of jumbled video: explosions from a distance and a momentary glance at victims; barely enough time to remember a face, let alone a personality. Victims were rarely interviewed.


    The availability of time and space, American broadcast executives might argue, were mitigating factors.


    On MSNBC for example, Gaza competed for air time last week with stories about the economy, such as a hike in liquor sales, or celebrity news, such as speculation over the publishing of photographs of Sarah Palin's new grandchild.


    Most US networks have reported exclusively from Israel.

    On Arab TV, however, Gaza has been the only story.


    For hours on end, live images from the streets of Gaza are beamed into Arab households.


    Unlike the correspondents from ABC and NBC, who have filed their reports exclusively from Israeli cities, Arab crews are inside Gaza, with many correspondents native Gazans themselves.


    The images they capture are often broadcast unedited, and over the last week, a grizzly news gathering routine has been established.


    The cycle begins with rooftop-mounted cameras, capturing the air raids live. After moments of quiet, thunderous bombing commences and plumes of smoke rise over the skyline. Then, anguish on the streets. Panicked civilians run for cover as ambulances careen through narrow alleys. Rescue workers hurriedly pick through the rubble, often pulling out mangled bodies. Fathers with tears of rage hold dead children up to the cameras, vowing revenge. The wounded are carried out in stretchers, gushing with blood.


    Later, local journalists visit the hospitals and more gruesome images, more dead children are broadcast. Doctors wrap up the tiny bodies and carry them into overflowing morgues. The survivors speak to reporters. Their distraught voices are heard around the region; the outflow of misery and destruction is constant.


    Palestinian voices
    The coverage extends beyond Gaza. Unlike the US networks, which are often limited to one or two correspondents in Israel, major Arab television channels maintain correspondents and bureaus throughout the region. As angry protests take place on a near daily basis, the crews are there to capture the action live.


    Even in Israel, Arab reporters are employed, and Israeli politicians are regularly interviewed. But so are members of Hamas and the other Palestinian factions.


    The inclusion of Palestinian voices is not unique to Arab media. On a number of international broadcasters, including BBC World and CNN International, Palestinian leaders and Gazans in particular are regularly heard. And the Palestinian death toll has been provided every day, in most broadcasts and by most correspondents on the ground. Reports are also filed from Arab capitals.


    On some level, the relatively small American broadcasting output can be attributed to a general trend in downsizing foreign reporting.
    But had a bloodbath on this scale happened in Israel, would the networks not have sent in reinforcements?

    For now, the Israeli viewpoint seems slated to continue to dominate Gaza coverage. The latest narrative comes from the White House, which has called for a "durable" ceasefire, preventing Hamas terrorists from launching more rockets.


    Naturally the soundbites are parroted by US broadcasters throughout the day and then reinforced by pundits, fearing the dangerous Hamas.


    Arab channels, however, see a different outcome. Many have begun referring to Hamas, once controversial, as simply "the Palestinian resistance".


    While American analysts map out Israel's strategy, Arab broadcasters are drawing their own maps, plotting the expanding range of Hamas rockets, and predicting a strengthened hand for opposition to Israel, rather than a weakened one.


    Habib Battah is a freelance journalist and media analyst based in Beirut and New York.

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    Disinformation, secrecy and lies: How the Gaza offensive came about

    By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent

    Long-term preparation, careful gathering of information, secret discussions, operational deception and the misleading of the public - all these stood behind the Israel Defense Forces "Cast Lead" operation against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, which began Saturday morning.

    The disinformation effort, according to defense officials, took Hamas by surprise and served to significantly increase the number of its casualties in the strike.

    Sources in the defense establishment said Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed the Israel Defense Forces to prepare for the operation over six months ago, even as Israel was beginning to negotiate a ceasefire agreement with Hamas. According to the sources, Barak maintained that although the lull would allow Hamas to prepare for a showdown with Israel, the Israeli army needed time to prepare, as well.

    Barak gave orders to carry out a comprehensive intelligence-gathering drive which sought to map out Hamas' security infrastructure, along with that of other militant organizations operating in the Strip.


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    Johann Hari: The true story behind this war is not the one Israel is telling

    Monday, 29 December 2008

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion...g-1214981.html


    How Israel refuses to allow journalists to enter Gaza:

    http://feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php?sid=431362

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    Doctors stuck at bottleneck on Egypt-Gaza border


    RAFAH, Egypt – Greek anesthesiologist Dimitrios Mognie and another doctor arrived at this border crossing loaded with medical supplies to help Gazans wounded in the Israeli offensive. Instead, they have waited at the border for days.

    On Tuesday, a representative from a Norwegian medical aid organization was allowed to enter the Gaza Strip from Rafah. But most doctors have been denied entry by Egyptian authorities and spend their days drinking tea and coffee at a small, dusty cafe near the crossing's metal gates.

    "This is a shame," said Mognie, who used his vacation to travel from Greece to try to help in Gaza. He thought entering through Egypt, which has a narrow border with the Hamas-ruled strip, was his best bet.

    "That in 2009 they have people in need of help from a doctor and we can go to help and they won't let us. This is crazy," said Mognie, who has worked in conflict zones from Iraq to Somalia.

    Gaza's few hospitals have been swamped by more than 2,400 wounded in Israel's 11-day war on stop Hamas militants from launching rockets into Israel. Almost 600 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly half of the dead are civilians, according to U.N. and Palestinian officials.

    Mognie and his colleague, both from the Greek organization Doctors for Peace, were the last in their group of six Greek doctors to remain at the Rafah border after arriving last Friday with medical supplies. The others returned home after being continually rebuffed by the Egyptian border guards.

    Three Norwegian medical personnel, including the one who crossed on Tuesday, have been allowed into Gaza from Egypt.

    Israel and Egypt first closed their borders with Gaza after Hamas took control of the area in June 2007. The Egyptian closure has been seen by some as abetting Israel's siege of the crowded strip, home to 1.4 million people.

    Since Israel's offensive, Egypt has taken in a trickle of wounded Palestinians through the crossing at Rafah. The Egyptian government, the main mediator between Israel and Hamas, has said it would only open Rafah if moderate (Israeli friendly)Palestinian forces of President Mahmoud Abbas are in charge of the crossing.

    There have been increasing calls for Egypt to ease the border bottleneck — where aid convoys first have to unload cargo from Egyptian trucks before it is loaded onto Palestinian ones and taken into the strip.

    Palestinian ambulances are not allowed beyond the Egyptian border crossing. Patients are taken out of the often poorly equipped Palestinian ambulances and transferred on gurneys to Egyptian ones.

    At least 20 wounded Palestinians were brought to Egypt on Tuesday, bringing the total transferred to 143 since the start of the offensive, said Mohammed Arafat, a Palestinian Authority representative in Rafah.

    The day before, Palestinian doctor Abed el-Qader Lubbad arrived at the border in one of the ambulances transporting patients from Gaza. Of the eight patients he ferried, one who was seriously wounded died on the way, said Lubbad, who works in the intensive care unit at Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

    Obstetrician Jemilah Mahmood, the president of Mercy Malaysia, said her group worked with the Egyptian Red Crescent to transfer about $100,000 worth of medical supplies to Gaza on Monday and planned to send another shipment next week.

    But while supplies can get through, Mahmood said neither she nor her colleagues were allowed to cross.

    "Can you imagine how many women are hurt and how few women doctors there are?" she said. "All of us are sitting at the border."

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    Associated Press writer Ashraf Sweilam contributed to this report.

    Comments:

    Traitor Husni El-Baarek is openly challenging Muslims inside and outside Egypt!

    While we slept and played our enemies didn't and they succeeded in transforming us into our own enemies!

    "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."


 

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