GHASSAN KHATIB: Israel’s underlying societal rift was exposed in Acre


31 Oct 2008

The recent clashes in Acre between Israeli Jews and those of Palestinian origin brought to the surface a very thorny issue, the uncomfortable coexistence in Israeli society between the Palestinian minority and Jewish majority. The Palestinian minority in Israel constitutes roughly one-fifth of the population and represents the indigenous people that Israel did not kick out of Palestine in 1948, when 800,000 were forced to seek refuge in neighboring Arab states.

The story of those who were forced out of their homes and homeland and those who remained was once the subject of some controversy. But the last 10 to 15 years witnessed research by what became known as the “new historians” of Israel that was based on documents from the Israeli national archives and which proved beyond doubt that Jewish terrorist organizations and later the Israeli Army planned explicitly the kind of activities, including massacres, that led to expulsion of the indigenous population and the creation of the Palestinian refugee problem.

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GazaFriends Update 1 November, 2008: Bombarded by bombs by Mary Hughes-Tompson


28 October, 2008 For Immediate Release

On October 28, 2008 as the sun was setting, 27 passengers on board the SS DIGNITY left for Gaza. It was the second attempt by the Free Gaza Movement to break Israel’s stranglehold on the 1.5 million civilians of Gaza. Although Israel threatened to stop the boat, arrest its passengers and tow the boat to Israel, they backed off at the last minute, perhaps fearing an international incident with a vessel, flying the flag of Gibraltar.

Yesterday, eleven human rights watchers went with the fishermen of Gaza to witness how the Israeli navy attacks them. After more than six hours of being machine gunned, sprayed with water cannons and watching the Israelis drop bombs into the water less than a meter away from many of the fishing boats, these passengers have come back to report on the brutality against the fishing industry in Gaza. They have both audio and video recordings of the attacks.

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Jamison Foser, MediaMatters for America: The Right’s “bias” charade

At the end of the 1992 presidential campaign, there was a flurry of news reports about the possibility that the media had favored Bill Clinton over incumbent George H.W. Bush, and that the media’s coverage of the race helped Clinton win.

Such complaints might seem a little odd, given the media’s relentless focus during that campaign on Clinton’s alleged relationship with Gennifer Flowers, his youthful marijuana use, and his purported “draft-dodging.”

Still, complaints from conservatives about the media’s coverage of the 1992 campaign worked to their benefit by complimenting their campaign to undermine Clinton’s “legitimacy” as president. And they caused reporters, always sensitive to (typically bogus) charges of biased reporting, to bend over backwards to disprove their critics — an instinct that, no doubt, contributed to the absolutely brutal media coverage Clinton received almost immediately upon his election.

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