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5 January 2005

Letters to the Media NPR HIDES AN ATROCITY BUT HIGHLIGHTS THE REACTION Ali Abunimah, The Electronic Intifada, 4 January 2005

NPR’s Morning Edition featured a report about the upcoming election for Palestinian Authority president in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The report highlighted that PLO leader Mahmoud Abbas described Israel as the “Zionist enemy,” but omitted any mention of the context — reaction to the killing that day of seven Palestinian children by Israeli occupation forces in the northern Gaza Strip. This continues a pattern of bias long-documented in NPR’s reporting.


EI in the Press FLASHPOINTS.NET: ISRAEL’S KILLING OF 7 CHILDREN IN GAZA AND NPR’S COVERAGE Interviewer: Dennis Bernstein, Flashpoints.net, 5 January 2005

Listen to an interview with EI cofounder Ali Abunimah on Flashpoints, 94.1FM, Berkeley, California. Senior producer Nora Barrows-Friedman interviewed Mohammed Omar in Rafah about Israel’s killing of seven Palestinian children in Gaza, and Dennie Bernstein interviewed EI’s Ali Abunimah about National Public Radio’s lack of reportage of the incident. The show was originally broadcast on Flashpoints on 4 January 2005.



By Topic PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS FULL COVERAGE electronicintifada.net/bytopic/306.shtml

Development FREE AND FAIR PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS NOT POSSIBLE UNDER MILITARY OCCUPATION Press Release, International Solidarity Movement 5 January 2005

Today the Israeli military declared the closure of the Erez border crossing with the Gaza Strip for 48 hours, blocking the movement of all Palestinians into and out of the Gaza Strip. The closure also prevented Palestinian Presidential candidate Mustafa Barghouthi from leaving Gaza to campaign in the West Bank until late this evening. Yesterday, in the Gaza Strip seven Palestinian civilians, five of them children, were killed by an Israeli tank shell in Beit Lahia. Areas in Khan Yunis, Beit Lahia and Rafah remain under Israeli military siege, making it impossible to carry out a presidential election campaign there. Last week a 17 year-old boy, Riziq Musleh, was shot by an Israeli sniper in Rafah while attempting to hang a campaign poster.


Development PALESTINIAN ELECTIONS ˆ CHARTING THE PALESTINIAN FUTURE Haithem El-Zabri, AlAqsaIntifada.org, 5 January 2005

Presidential elections in occupied Palestine are just 4 days away, and the two leading contenders ˆ Mahmoud Abbas and Mustafa Barghouthi ˆ are worlds apart in what they bring to the Palestinian cause. Haithem El-Zabri offers a comparative overview of their backgrounds and positions on the issues, and how the international community is responding.


Diaries THE ELECTION BUZZ Arjan El Fassed, Live from Palestine, 5 January 2005

We should have known that Gaza would be closed. However, someone told us that the border might be open and that we would be able to pass. Together with a colleague, who is also an accredited elections observer, we left the West Bank this morning to go to Gaza. Yesterday, Israeli forces killed seven Palestinians, most of the same family, when they fired a tank shell into an agricultural area in the area of Beit Lahia in the northern part of the Gaza Strip. The tank shell killed three brothers, three cousins and their neighbour. EI’s Arjan El Fassed writes from Ramallah.


Opinion/Editorial ON THE NARROW SHOULDERS OF ABU MAZEN Roni Ben Efrat, Challenge magazine, 5 January 2005

The Herzlia Conference has become, in the last few years, Ariel Sharon’s favorite forum for addressing the nation. One year ago (December 18, 2003), the Israeli PM used it to high dramatic effect: If the Palestinians do not take steps, he said, to quash terrorism within six months, as prescribed by the Road Map, Israel would disengage unilaterally from the Gaza Strip. The speech was curt and tense, without optimistic flourishes. This year (December 18, 2004), Sharon’s Herzlia speech was euphoric. The year 2005, he announced, would be “the year of opportunities.” Roni Ben Efrat comments.


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