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Reading the road map

Posted by Ed on June 11, 2003

With the Israeli government apparently determined to derail the peace process before its even left the station, Electronic Intifada has a report into the reporting of violence in the region by the American media. They describe the continuing violence from both sides both before and after the Aqaba summit, and point out that violence on the part of the Israeli government is largely ignored.

Periods in which dozens of Palestinians have been killed have been widely and routinely termed “periods of calm,” or “relative calm” just because few or no Israelis were killed during the same time. Such inaccurate reporting reinforces the claims of Israel’s apologists that violence is a Palestinian problem to which Israel is only reacting, and helps to conceal the enormous amount of violence Israel uses to maintain its military occupation of more than three million Palestinians and their land.

This bias doesn’t only apply to the printed media though. Ive just been watching a CNN report into today’s suicide bombing in Jerusalem. CNN described the latest helicopter gunship attack by the Israeli government as a ‘response’ to the Palestinian attack. No mention of the Israeli government policy of assassinating or attempting to assassinate Palestinian leaders, which continues unabated.

Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz has a comment article about the recent assassination attempt:

The missiles that failed to killing Abdel Aziz Rantisi in Gaza City – but killed bystanders including a woman and a child – continued on their trajectory towards Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, and from there to Aqaba, Sharm al Sheikh, and Washington.

Finally, George W. Bush has appealed to the international community to cut off funds to terrorist organisations. America gives Israel about $3bn in aid each year.

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