|Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.|
Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
18 November 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Gaza – This Saturday afternoon two schoolchildren were shot and wounded inside UNRWA’s Beit Lahia Elementary School in the northern Gaza Strip.
At 15:10 hrs, while sitting at his desk in a first grade classroom, Ahmed Isam Abdel-Aziz, seven
years old, was struck by a bullet to the head. The bullet, which first bounced off a window ledge,
penetrated 3-5 millimeters into Ahmed’ skull.
Five minutes later, Rewa Khalid Al-Mabhouh, 12 years old, was shot in the leg. She had just entered the school’s eastern corridor to pick up her younger brother, since evacuation of the school was underway.
Both bullets entered the school from the north, and Israeli tanks were seen stationed on a hill, 1.5 kilometers north of the school.
Ahmed was taken to Adwa Hospital for removal of the bullet, and then to Gaza Eye Hospital for a check on his eyesight, which will require monitoring. Rewa’s left calf bone was fractured, and
medical staffs on Saturday evening are working on removal of the bullet.
Condemning the shootings, UNRWA’s Gaza Field Director, John Ging, described it as “yet a other tragic incident in what has become a bewildering cycle of violence.”
Referring to yesterday’s UN General Assembly resolution, Ging stressed how this newest tragedy underscores the need for an international mechanism to protect civilian populations. “At present, children are not safe even in United Nations classrooms. We urgently need a solution.”
22 November 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Recent socio-economic impact of prolonged crisis in the oPt
Jerusalem - UNRWA today launched their new report assessing the recent socio-economic impact of the prolonged crisis in the oPt. The report, produced in association with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, was commissioned to measure the socio-economic consequences of the postelection boycott of the Palestinian Authority.
UNRWA Deputy Commissioner General, Filippo Grandi, introducing the report, commented: “What this report tells us is alarming; more than one million Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank now live in deep poverty. This is a steep increase; 64% over the same time last year. In Gaza, where the vast majority of the population are refugees, the situation is much worse. Every aspect of life – from job security to putting food on the table – has been severely and negatively impacted.”
The data collected in the study covers three main areas: national income, the labor market and
household living levels and poverty.
• Loss of income led to an average 12% reduction in per capita consumption, and a 64%
increase in Palestinians living in deep poverty.
• The PA boycott, which cannot be accurately measured through GDP or employment rates but
only through household consumption and income, resulted in an estimated $500 million
• The PA fiscal crisis had disproportionately negative consequences for refugees, 32% of whom
are employed by the public sector, in contrast to 20% among non refugees.
• It is estimated that, above the level of external assistance received in 2005, an additional
$73.1 million of well targeted aid would have been necessary to eliminate deep poverty
amongst refugees in 2005.
• The Palestinian public sector (accounting for 70% of new jobs) expanded during 2005 and
the first half of 2006, while the private sector, especially manufacturing, experienced sharp
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Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
This is another pictures for a mosque library which was destroyed in 18th of Nov. This library was a part of Al-Salah Mosque.
It is not a new thing for those savage "people" to destroy any beautiful or historical thing in Palestine. No respect to any place even a religious place.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 10, 2006
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Fifty other Palestinians killed in the preceding week of Israeli operations in the area included civilians as well as fighters who have been provocatively firing home-made Qassam rockets across the border. Yesterday's victims were all civilians and mostly women and children. Their deaths will fan the flames of a conflagration in danger of getting out of control.
Experience suggests that even if the Beit Hanoun slaughter turns out to have been accidental, and Palestinians were to accept that, it will still be remembered as an Israeli atrocity. Israel's critics acknowledge that it has the right to defend itself - and it can only be by chance that rockets launched from Gaza since the August 2005 withdrawal have caused only damage and injuries and no Israeli fatalities. But Israel's actions, as in Lebanon this summer, have ignored the obligation to act in proportion to the threat, to avoid civilian casualties, and comply with international humanitarian law, which includes the personal responsibility of commanders for war crimes and crimes against humanity. Louise Arbour, the UN human rights commissioner, should formally remind the Israeli government of those principles when she visits Gaza and Jerusalem shortly.
This violence is not only a terrible reminder of the dangers of deadlock in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It also deepens the crisis further by bringing an unnecessary suspension of talks between Hamas and President Mahmoud Abbas on the formation of a national unity government, needed to prompt the US and EU to ease their sanctions and end the debilitating siege of more than a million Gazans. It is hard too in this atmosphere to see progress in negotiations on the release of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas. It bears repeating that there are no military solutions to this conflict. Those who ignore that will always end up staining their hands with the blood of innocents.
LeaderThursday November 9, 2006
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
Why , to prove to the world that such state know nothing but the language of killing and terrorist acts. ONLY
Sunday, November 5, 2006
During the last three days around 35 people were killed , at least two were women participating in an armless demonstration. The first picture.