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    Not really. I got a few Jewish friends. They are real humans in a real society with real compassion.
    Dare them to read Catch the Jew!

    Be honest..... if you know how.
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    Most in this world we live in believe the reverse that it is shameful to be a zionist. you have unwittingly proved my point
    I'm sure you both have every confidence in my veracity. It's the difference between what things ARE and what they are CALLED. You are trying to deflect your shame upon others. "Doesn't wash", as [MENTION=837]Sinbad[/MENTION] would say.
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    The role of the international media in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Introduction

    When asked to do this presentation regarding the role of the international media, I had an illusory vision of the simplicity of this topic with my focus automatically perceiving the role of the media in one dimension — the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As I began to research the role of the media, I found an abundant amount of information from articles about the Global Media Giants — a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super-powerful, mostly U.S.-based transnational media corporations to articles on Fundamentalisms, media, and the new McCarthyism: how demagogues are hijacking Washington, DC. Other headlines focus on Silencing the Press and Journalists Find “Calm” When Only Palestinians Die.

    I believe that in order to understand the role of the media and the media business, and its influence on public perceptions, a seminar such as this one should be dedicated to this issue solely. In order to understand the role of the media, one must start at the micro-level — when media systems were generally national in scope (1980’s) to the macro level where today the global media system is now dominated by nine giant firms. (McChesney, Robert, W., The Global Media Giants; The Nine Firms that Dominate the World, November/December 1997). The global commercial media system works to advance the cause of the global market and promote commercial values, while denigrating journalism and culture not conducive to the immediate bottom-line or long-run corporate interests. It is a disaster for anything but the most superficial notion of democracy.

    However, due to the limited time, I will focus my presentation on the role of the media regarding the Palestine-Israel conflict, with some references to previous struggles and the role of the media.

    Western mainstream media has portrayed the Israel-Palestine conflict as a conflict revolving around security and terrorism, with Israel being the victim. So for many people, the conflict is understood as a conflict of land and borders between two peoples who have equal claims, not as a conflict between an oppressed and oppressor and colonized and colonizer.

    It is essential that the media begin to portray the conflict as it is- one people- the Palestinians, being colonized, and Israel, the colonizer. The media has helped blur the reality of the situation through the misuse of terminology and even worse, by distorting basic facts regarding the core of the conflict- which are colonialism, racism, and severely uneven distribution and lack of balance in power relations.

    We must think in terms of the power structure and power relations. Israel has the capital, the technology, and military superiority. The essential thing now is that Palestinians have strategy and a methodology of reaching the media and making sure it gives the Palestinian side of the story.

    The international media has the ability to affect change and it is a potent weapon and a resource that should not be underestimated. The silence of the international media on many issues has meant international ignorance and complacency and the attention of the international media on other issues has given those issues prominence on the world scene.

    The role of the international media in the civil rights movement, in the anti-apartheid movement among others cannot be underestimated. Part of the reason, and some have contended that the main reason the civil rights movement succeeded in its initial phase was due to what was happening on the international scene and what was exposed internationally of the racism that was taking place in America. The international media pointed out the hypocrisy and contradictions in an America going to war to fight Nazi racism while it had institutionalized racism against African Americans at home. The international media revealed that an America preaching tolerance and multiculturalism was preventing African diplomats from using the same facilities as other diplomats because of the color of their skin.

    In a book on the role of international events in the success of the Civil Rights Movement, Azza Layton notes that incidents such as hotels not allowing Africans, and particularly an African diplomat, from staying there simply because of the color of their skin dramatically affected world perceptions of America. It exposed the daily life conditions of the average African American in a segregated America. The entire world began to look at and understand the plight of the African American much to the displeasure and embarrassment of the US government.

    The embarrassment and apparent hypocrisy was so great that it forced the American government to do something about the situation of African Americans at home and made them acquiesce to the demands of the movement. This is not to underscore the importance of the actions and the strategy of the Civil Rights Movement itself, being incredibly organized and unified with affective leadership. Both factors, the movements’ strategy and leadership at home, and the exposure of the hypocrisy and the international embarrassment, lead to the success of the movement.

    Media bias against the Palestinians is partially due to deliberate actions by Israel and partially a lack of effort on the Palestinian side. Many people have tried and continue to work and change media perceptions of the conflict, but overall, there is a sense of helplessness.

    The message Palestinians want to get across - basically the core points about the conflict that are practically ignored are:

    The Israeli occupation of Palestinian land has continued for more than 35 years and continued through out the Oslo peace process (from 1993- 1997).
    The human rights situation did not improve as a result of the peace process and has severely worsened since the New Intifada began in September 2000.
    Israeli land confiscation and settlement of Palestinian land has not ceased for a single day.

    As Nigel Parry of the Electronic Intifada stated in a recent article, in a conflict over land, you can’t keep taking more land and get away with claiming that you’re working to solve the conflict. It is important to ask why the world was so shocked when the new Intifada began. The shock was a result of the ignorance concerning the worsening of daily life conditions for Palestinians since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. With the signing of Oslo, many hoped that there would be sincere efforts to end the occupation. Instead, Israel continued unabated with its racist policies including land confiscation, arresting of political dissidents, the infamous torture in the Israeli prison system, settlement expansion, uprooting of Palestinian trees and crops - basically agricultural destruction, the shooting - killing and injury of unarmed demonstrators, and home demolitions. As I said, this continued unabated from 1993 to 2000. So why was the world shocked when the Palestinians decided that there was no hope in the promises Israel was making as evidenced by their creating facts on the ground the entire time there was so-called peace and calm in the occupied territories. This is because the media continued to report about the meetings between Israel and the Palestinians but did not report on what was happening on the ground.

    Examples of media distortion of basic facts

    CNN’s position regarding Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land:
    CNN states “What Palestinians see as the military occupation.” This is like talking about the conflict in South Africa and stating “What Black South Africans see as Apartheid.” This is denial of the basic facts of the conflict.

    Who are the foreign correspondents and what do networks say regarding the Palestine-Israel issue? According to a study on foreign correspondents in Israel by Dr. Joel Cohen, a lecturer in communications at the Academic-Technological Institute of Holon and a research fellow at Bar Ilan University, the background of these journalists makes it very easy for them to relate to the Israeli position and have a bias against the Palestinians. The study, much of it published in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, found that:

    Most of these correspondents live in Israeli controlled parts of the country meaning:
    there is very little exposure to Palestinian society
    Palestinian sources are not consulted for their reaction to events before publication.
    Two-thirds of these journalists come from Western Europe and North America (being Western it is easier to relate to Israeli mentality.)
    Most have lived in Israel for many years (averaging 10 years each)
    Some are veteran Israeli journalists who provide reports to the international media on a permanent basis.
    About 91% defined their knowledge of Israel as “good,” while only 41% said they thought their knowledge of Arab countries was on a good level.
    57% said they had a “good” level of knowledge of Judaism, while only 10% said they had a “good” level of knowledge about Islam.
    54% are completely fluent in Hebrew and 20% have a working knowledge of the language. Only 6% are fluent in Arabic, while 42% said they could “get by” in Arabic.

    The fact that these journalists do not actually go to the scene of the action and rely on Israeli government reports, and live in Israel amidst a society which views the Palestinians as threatening makes fair reporting nearly impossible. In America especially, the negative view of the Arab world and Islam and the cultural familiarity with Judaism makes it easy to accept the view that the Palestinians are at fault and Israel is the victim.

    On a more international level an article in the Washington Post in August 2002 cited the following statistics of a study conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The study found that 78% of the on-air evaluations of Israel on the ABC, NBC and CBS evening news shows were negative. The study shows that Palestinians fared even worse with 92% of the comments being negative. In terms of Israeli treatment of Palestinians, 96% of the time the coverage was negative.

    Who did the newscasts blame for the violence? The Palestinians were faulted 42% of the time and the Israelis 33% of the time. When the coverage was more specific, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was blamed 30% of the time, the Israeli government 14% of the time and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 9% of the time. Finally, as for the conflict itself, Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip received twice as many mentions as the suicide bombings however, the bombers were singled out as instigating the conflict twice as often as Israel’s use of force.

    In terms of Palestinian journalists for Palestinian press based in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, they are very rarely granted Israeli press cards which cuts them off from travel inside Israel and to Jerusalem, between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and makes them vulnerable at checkpoints controlling access to areas within the West Bank and Gaza Strip during increased times of conflict.

    In November 2000, Ha’aretz reported that:

    Since the beginning of the current violence in the territories, the Government Press office (GPO) has refused to issue or renew press credentials for Palestinians who work for foreign news media based in Israel, and the step has become long-term policy to combat alleged pro-Palestinian bias in reporting.

    In addition, Israeli troops regularly target Palestinian and sometimes foreign journalists. The Palestinian Authority also has created a climate of self-censorship by regularly arresting journalists. In addition, the Palestinian Authority has invested very little in media relations as opposed to very organized and well-funded Israeli media campaigns.

    Israel’s reaction to so called pro-Palestinian reporting

    The Israeli government last month cut off all links with BBC stating that it “systematically demonizes Israel and carries reports “verging on anti-Semitism.” Any news media that doesn’t serve Israeli interests is subject to threats and harassment. Last year CNN was nearly removed from the service offered to Israeli’s by a satellite provider. Both CNN and BBC are accused of being pro-Palestinian.

    Another constant problem is that the media always reiterates that this conflict is complex, very unique, and therefore not easily understood by everyone. Therefore, many journalists and news networks speak of ‘maintaining balance’ when reporting on ‘both sides’ of the story. In an article by Sune Segal, the author contends of ignoring facts on the ground as, “Insisting that the 50-50 method would indeed convey a balanced picture of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is thus simply tantamount to ignoring the facts on the ground, for example, the all encompassing and real control that Israel exerts over the Palestinian population and resources in the Occupied Territories and the ensuing imbalance between the military, geographical, political and economic circumstances under which the two populations live their daily lives.”

    The author goes on to state, “Allow me here to submit an analogy: I would argue that pointing to the 50-50 method as an appropriate approach to covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be compared to a situation in which the international press would have accommodated the late South African apartheid regime, had it demanded that each story about the sufferings of the black population be countered by a story on the fear experienced by the white population or about violence against whites perpetrated by blacks; it can be likened to claiming that had the international press focused to a larger extent on the sufferings of the white population during the days of apartheid, they would have conveyed a more balanced and fair picture of that conflict.”

    In addition, in a column published in the Los Angeles Times, Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote:

    “The preponderance of responsibility lies with Israel and with an international media that continues to obscure the basic realities facing the Palestinian people, and continues to treat the death of Israeli soldiers enforcing a brutal occupation as somehow more outrageous and barbarous than the killing of many times as many Palestinian teenagers who were resisting occupation.”

    Basic important facts

    In looking at ‘both sides’ of the story, the international media must not overlook some of the basic important facts:
    There are nine million Palestinians in the world; five million are refugees or displaced persons
    In the 78% of Palestine that is now called Israel, 1.3 million remaining Palestinians are nominally citizens but do not have equal national and social rights
    Israel now occupies the other 22% of the area. In the 22% of the land, Israel planted 400,000 Jewish settlers, an illegal action under international law
    In terms of weaponry: Israel has 3800 tanks; 1500 large artillery pieces; four submarines; 15-20 warships; an estimated 200-300 nuclear weapons and 2000 combat airplanes
    Palestinians have none of these
    Israel has 175,000 regular troops and 430,000 reserves with obligatory and lengthy military service
    Palestinians have no army
    Israel and the Palestinians have police forces - each numbering around 30,000 - however, Israel has managed to dismantle the lightly armed Palestinian police

    Given all the above statistics, Since September 28, 2000 to August 23, 2003 (over 2,600 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces) and over 700 Israeli have been killed. Over 40,000 Palestinians have been injured and over 5,000 Israeli’s have been injured. No Israeli has been tried or detained for the killing and/or injury of a Palestinian.

    Finally, it is estimated that since March 29, 2002, (15,000 Palestinians have been detained 6,000 of who remain in prison. Out of this 6000, 1,700 Palestinians are under administrative detention meaning they have not had a trial, and are imprisoned without charges being brought against them.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, the information and statistics presented indicate that media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. Alternative media continues to provide statistics, stories and research not found among the mainstream media, therefore, this does not relinquish the obligation of journalists interested in fair reporting from their ethical duty to provide the facts — the truth about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as other conflicts world-wide.

    It is essential that news media along with other institutions be challenged to be fair and accurate in reporting to their viewers, listeners and readers.

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    The role of the international media in the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

    Introduction

    When asked to do this presentation regarding the role of the international media, I had an illusory vision of the simplicity of this topic with my focus automatically perceiving the role of the media in one dimension — the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As I began to research the role of the media, I found an abundant amount of information from articles about the Global Media Giants — a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of super-powerful, mostly U.S.-based transnational media corporations to articles on Fundamentalisms, media, and the new McCarthyism: how demagogues are hijacking Washington, DC. Other headlines focus on Silencing the Press and Journalists Find “Calm” When Only Palestinians Die.

    I believe that in order to understand the role of the media and the media business, and its influence on public perceptions, a seminar such as this one should be dedicated to this issue solely. In order to understand the role of the media, one must start at the micro-level — when media systems were generally national in scope (1980’s) to the macro level where today the global media system is now dominated by nine giant firms. (McChesney, Robert, W., The Global Media Giants; The Nine Firms that Dominate the World, November/December 1997). The global commercial media system works to advance the cause of the global market and promote commercial values, while denigrating journalism and culture not conducive to the immediate bottom-line or long-run corporate interests. It is a disaster for anything but the most superficial notion of democracy.

    However, due to the limited time, I will focus my presentation on the role of the media regarding the Palestine-Israel conflict, with some references to previous struggles and the role of the media.

    Western mainstream media has portrayed the Israel-Palestine conflict as a conflict revolving around security and terrorism, with Israel being the victim. So for many people, the conflict is understood as a conflict of land and borders between two peoples who have equal claims, not as a conflict between an oppressed and oppressor and colonized and colonizer.

    It is essential that the media begin to portray the conflict as it is- one people- the Palestinians, being colonized, and Israel, the colonizer. The media has helped blur the reality of the situation through the misuse of terminology and even worse, by distorting basic facts regarding the core of the conflict- which are colonialism, racism, and severely uneven distribution and lack of balance in power relations.

    We must think in terms of the power structure and power relations. Israel has the capital, the technology, and military superiority. The essential thing now is that Palestinians have strategy and a methodology of reaching the media and making sure it gives the Palestinian side of the story.

    The international media has the ability to affect change and it is a potent weapon and a resource that should not be underestimated. The silence of the international media on many issues has meant international ignorance and complacency and the attention of the international media on other issues has given those issues prominence on the world scene.

    The role of the international media in the civil rights movement, in the anti-apartheid movement among others cannot be underestimated. Part of the reason, and some have contended that the main reason the civil rights movement succeeded in its initial phase was due to what was happening on the international scene and what was exposed internationally of the racism that was taking place in America. The international media pointed out the hypocrisy and contradictions in an America going to war to fight Nazi racism while it had institutionalized racism against African Americans at home. The international media revealed that an America preaching tolerance and multiculturalism was preventing African diplomats from using the same facilities as other diplomats because of the color of their skin.

    In a book on the role of international events in the success of the Civil Rights Movement, Azza Layton notes that incidents such as hotels not allowing Africans, and particularly an African diplomat, from staying there simply because of the color of their skin dramatically affected world perceptions of America. It exposed the daily life conditions of the average African American in a segregated America. The entire world began to look at and understand the plight of the African American much to the displeasure and embarrassment of the US government.

    The embarrassment and apparent hypocrisy was so great that it forced the American government to do something about the situation of African Americans at home and made them acquiesce to the demands of the movement. This is not to underscore the importance of the actions and the strategy of the Civil Rights Movement itself, being incredibly organized and unified with affective leadership. Both factors, the movements’ strategy and leadership at home, and the exposure of the hypocrisy and the international embarrassment, lead to the success of the movement.

    Media bias against the Palestinians is partially due to deliberate actions by Israel and partially a lack of effort on the Palestinian side. Many people have tried and continue to work and change media perceptions of the conflict, but overall, there is a sense of helplessness.

    The message Palestinians want to get across - basically the core points about the conflict that are practically ignored are:

    The Israeli occupation of Palestinian land has continued for more than 35 years and continued through out the Oslo peace process (from 1993- 1997).
    The human rights situation did not improve as a result of the peace process and has severely worsened since the New Intifada began in September 2000.
    Israeli land confiscation and settlement of Palestinian land has not ceased for a single day.

    As Nigel Parry of the Electronic Intifada stated in a recent article, in a conflict over land, you can’t keep taking more land and get away with claiming that you’re working to solve the conflict. It is important to ask why the world was so shocked when the new Intifada began. The shock was a result of the ignorance concerning the worsening of daily life conditions for Palestinians since the signing of the 1993 Oslo Accords. With the signing of Oslo, many hoped that there would be sincere efforts to end the occupation. Instead, Israel continued unabated with its racist policies including land confiscation, arresting of political dissidents, the infamous torture in the Israeli prison system, settlement expansion, uprooting of Palestinian trees and crops - basically agricultural destruction, the shooting - killing and injury of unarmed demonstrators, and home demolitions. As I said, this continued unabated from 1993 to 2000. So why was the world shocked when the Palestinians decided that there was no hope in the promises Israel was making as evidenced by their creating facts on the ground the entire time there was so-called peace and calm in the occupied territories. This is because the media continued to report about the meetings between Israel and the Palestinians but did not report on what was happening on the ground.

    Examples of media distortion of basic facts

    CNN’s position regarding Israeli military occupation of Palestinian land:
    CNN states “What Palestinians see as the military occupation.” This is like talking about the conflict in South Africa and stating “What Black South Africans see as Apartheid.” This is denial of the basic facts of the conflict.

    Who are the foreign correspondents and what do networks say regarding the Palestine-Israel issue? According to a study on foreign correspondents in Israel by Dr. Joel Cohen, a lecturer in communications at the Academic-Technological Institute of Holon and a research fellow at Bar Ilan University, the background of these journalists makes it very easy for them to relate to the Israeli position and have a bias against the Palestinians. The study, much of it published in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz, found that:

    Most of these correspondents live in Israeli controlled parts of the country meaning:
    there is very little exposure to Palestinian society
    Palestinian sources are not consulted for their reaction to events before publication.
    Two-thirds of these journalists come from Western Europe and North America (being Western it is easier to relate to Israeli mentality.)
    Most have lived in Israel for many years (averaging 10 years each)
    Some are veteran Israeli journalists who provide reports to the international media on a permanent basis.
    About 91% defined their knowledge of Israel as “good,” while only 41% said they thought their knowledge of Arab countries was on a good level.
    57% said they had a “good” level of knowledge of Judaism, while only 10% said they had a “good” level of knowledge about Islam.
    54% are completely fluent in Hebrew and 20% have a working knowledge of the language. Only 6% are fluent in Arabic, while 42% said they could “get by” in Arabic.

    The fact that these journalists do not actually go to the scene of the action and rely on Israeli government reports, and live in Israel amidst a society which views the Palestinians as threatening makes fair reporting nearly impossible. In America especially, the negative view of the Arab world and Islam and the cultural familiarity with Judaism makes it easy to accept the view that the Palestinians are at fault and Israel is the victim.

    On a more international level an article in the Washington Post in August 2002 cited the following statistics of a study conducted by the Center for Media and Public Affairs. The study found that 78% of the on-air evaluations of Israel on the ABC, NBC and CBS evening news shows were negative. The study shows that Palestinians fared even worse with 92% of the comments being negative. In terms of Israeli treatment of Palestinians, 96% of the time the coverage was negative.

    Who did the newscasts blame for the violence? The Palestinians were faulted 42% of the time and the Israelis 33% of the time. When the coverage was more specific, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was blamed 30% of the time, the Israeli government 14% of the time and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon 9% of the time. Finally, as for the conflict itself, Israeli military action in the West Bank and Gaza Strip received twice as many mentions as the suicide bombings however, the bombers were singled out as instigating the conflict twice as often as Israel’s use of force.

    In terms of Palestinian journalists for Palestinian press based in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, they are very rarely granted Israeli press cards which cuts them off from travel inside Israel and to Jerusalem, between the West Bank and Gaza Strip and makes them vulnerable at checkpoints controlling access to areas within the West Bank and Gaza Strip during increased times of conflict.

    In November 2000, Ha’aretz reported that:

    Since the beginning of the current violence in the territories, the Government Press office (GPO) has refused to issue or renew press credentials for Palestinians who work for foreign news media based in Israel, and the step has become long-term policy to combat alleged pro-Palestinian bias in reporting.

    In addition, Israeli troops regularly target Palestinian and sometimes foreign journalists. The Palestinian Authority also has created a climate of self-censorship by regularly arresting journalists. In addition, the Palestinian Authority has invested very little in media relations as opposed to very organized and well-funded Israeli media campaigns.

    Israel’s reaction to so called pro-Palestinian reporting

    The Israeli government last month cut off all links with BBC stating that it “systematically demonizes Israel and carries reports “verging on anti-Semitism.” Any news media that doesn’t serve Israeli interests is subject to threats and harassment. Last year CNN was nearly removed from the service offered to Israeli’s by a satellite provider. Both CNN and BBC are accused of being pro-Palestinian.

    Another constant problem is that the media always reiterates that this conflict is complex, very unique, and therefore not easily understood by everyone. Therefore, many journalists and news networks speak of ‘maintaining balance’ when reporting on ‘both sides’ of the story. In an article by Sune Segal, the author contends of ignoring facts on the ground as, “Insisting that the 50-50 method would indeed convey a balanced picture of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is thus simply tantamount to ignoring the facts on the ground, for example, the all encompassing and real control that Israel exerts over the Palestinian population and resources in the Occupied Territories and the ensuing imbalance between the military, geographical, political and economic circumstances under which the two populations live their daily lives.”

    The author goes on to state, “Allow me here to submit an analogy: I would argue that pointing to the 50-50 method as an appropriate approach to covering the Palestinian-Israeli conflict can be compared to a situation in which the international press would have accommodated the late South African apartheid regime, had it demanded that each story about the sufferings of the black population be countered by a story on the fear experienced by the white population or about violence against whites perpetrated by blacks; it can be likened to claiming that had the international press focused to a larger extent on the sufferings of the white population during the days of apartheid, they would have conveyed a more balanced and fair picture of that conflict.”

    In addition, in a column published in the Los Angeles Times, Rabbi Michael Lerner wrote:

    “The preponderance of responsibility lies with Israel and with an international media that continues to obscure the basic realities facing the Palestinian people, and continues to treat the death of Israeli soldiers enforcing a brutal occupation as somehow more outrageous and barbarous than the killing of many times as many Palestinian teenagers who were resisting occupation.”

    Basic important facts

    In looking at ‘both sides’ of the story, the international media must not overlook some of the basic important facts:
    There are nine million Palestinians in the world; five million are refugees or displaced persons
    In the 78% of Palestine that is now called Israel, 1.3 million remaining Palestinians are nominally citizens but do not have equal national and social rights
    Israel now occupies the other 22% of the area. In the 22% of the land, Israel planted 400,000 Jewish settlers, an illegal action under international law
    In terms of weaponry: Israel has 3800 tanks; 1500 large artillery pieces; four submarines; 15-20 warships; an estimated 200-300 nuclear weapons and 2000 combat airplanes
    Palestinians have none of these
    Israel has 175,000 regular troops and 430,000 reserves with obligatory and lengthy military service
    Palestinians have no army
    Israel and the Palestinians have police forces - each numbering around 30,000 - however, Israel has managed to dismantle the lightly armed Palestinian police

    Given all the above statistics, Since September 28, 2000 to August 23, 2003 (over 2,600 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces) and over 700 Israeli have been killed. Over 40,000 Palestinians have been injured and over 5,000 Israeli’s have been injured. No Israeli has been tried or detained for the killing and/or injury of a Palestinian.

    Finally, it is estimated that since March 29, 2002, (15,000 Palestinians have been detained 6,000 of who remain in prison. Out of this 6000, 1,700 Palestinians are under administrative detention meaning they have not had a trial, and are imprisoned without charges being brought against them.

    Conclusion

    In conclusion, the information and statistics presented indicate that media have tremendous power in setting cultural guidelines and in shaping political discourse. Alternative media continues to provide statistics, stories and research not found among the mainstream media, therefore, this does not relinquish the obligation of journalists interested in fair reporting from their ethical duty to provide the facts — the truth about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as well as other conflicts world-wide.

    It is essential that news media along with other institutions be challenged to be fair and accurate in reporting to their viewers, listeners and readers.

    electronicIntifada.net
    Not only is the reporting biased but then they hire bloggers to muddy the waters. The power of media persuasion is apparent.

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    UN chief criticises Israel over deaths of children in Gaza

    UNITED NATIONS: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is criticising Israel for the death and suffering of many Palestinian children during last summer's conflict in Gaza and is urging the Israeli government to take immediate steps to prevent such killings.

    The UN chief referred to the controversy over his decision not to include Israel on his annual list of parties that kill or injure children in armed conflict.

    Nonetheless, he singled out Israel's actions in a speech Thursday to a Security Council meeting on children and armed conflict.

    Ban expressed deep alarm at the Gaza killings and urged Israel to review its policies.

    The secretary-general's latest report said at least 561 youths were killed and 4,271 injured in the Gaza conflict, almost all Palestinians.

    Israel's UN Ambassador Ron Prosor called the report unbalanced and biased.

    Reuters

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    June 19, 2015
    The Real 'Root Cause' of the Conflict in the Middle East

    By Jeff Lipkes

    Defeat in war is often accompanied by the wholesale transfer of populations via expulsion and resettlement. Brutal and inhumane, but with one notable exception, the agony usually ends in one generation.


    The First World War famously shattered four empires. By the end of 1944, the Germans had lost a second empire, seized during World War II, but the Allied victory turned out to be a pyrrhic one for Britain, France, and the Netherlands. Each lost its empire within two decades of the war’s end. Then, in 1989, the second Russian empire collapsed. It had replaced that of the Germans in a third of Europe.


    In their treatment of the people they ruled, the nine empires were in no way comparable. But when each fell, genocidal massacres followed. Within the new nations that emerged from the ruins of the empires of the former Great Powers, and the multi-ethnic Yugoslav state, were populations of minorities that the new majorities and their rulers wished to eradicate.


    In nearly every case, though, there was a homeland to which the refugees could return. Their ancestors may have left hundreds of years earlier, or even thousands, but they shared its language and culture.


    There were often transfers of populations. An ethnic or religious group fleeing a new country was replaced by individuals who had been ousted in turn from a neighboring country. The dusty columns of refugees, the packed trains, the crammed ferries passed each other. It’s worth taking a look at three of these exchanges of populations (out of some 50), because what happened in the Middle East in the years after 1948 was a failed population transfer. Or, rather, a thwarted one. For the first and only time in the 20th century, a people turned their backs on their own kinsmen. That decision is at the root of the crisis Israel faces today.


    1. Greeks had lived on both sides of the Aegean Sea for at least 3,000 years. Western Anatolia was called Ionia, and its cities were the birthplace of Western poetry, philosophy, and art. Homer was supposed to have been an Ionian. So was Heraclitus, the greatest pre-Socratic philosopher.

    When the Ottoman Empire was divided by the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920, the Greeks were given control of this coastal region, pending a plebiscite in five years. They had already invaded Anatolia the previous May, following the surrender of the Ottoman Empire to the British. After initial successes, the Greeks suffered a crushing defeat in August 1921. Their lines were over-extended, the French switched sides, joining the Soviet Union and Italy in supporting the Turks, the army was demoralized by purges, and it faced a formidable opponent in Ataturk. The Greeks had committed atrocities against Muslim villages both as they advanced and retreated, and the Turks upped the ante when they retaliated. Some 440,000 Armenians and 260,000 Greek civilians were killed as Ataturk’s army swept westward. In the exchange of population that followed, over 1.2 million Greeks crossed the Aegean, while about 350,000 Muslims were expelled from Greece.

    The refugees were welcomed into their new homelands. But, not surprisingly, the persecution of Christians continued in Turkey. After a pogrom in September 1955 in Istanbul, only 2,500 Greeks remained in the country. Over 200,000 had lived in the former capital of the Byzantine Empire during the 1920s. Meanwhile, the Muslim population in Greece increased to about 150,000.


    2. In the closing months of World War II, Germans fled en masse ahead of the Soviet Army. After the war, ethnic Germans were expelled from the Netherlands, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, the Ukraine, and Romania. Some 12 to 14 million people trekked west or south. An estimated 500,000 to 2.25 million refugees were killed. The totals are hotly contested.


    Some were colonists of the Third Reich, but the overwhelming majority were descended from ancestors who began settling in Central Europe in the 13th century. East of the Oder-Neisse Line, the new border, were Prussian, Pomeranian, and Silesian lands regarded as German for centuries, and famous medieval cities like Danzig, Stettin, Breslau, and Königsberg. But Germany, like Greece in 1922, had lost the war, and civilians were paying the price for the unspeakable atrocities of the National Socialist occupation and for the activities of German minorities in the inter-war period.


    This was the largest mass-movement of human beings in history. The record, however, lasted only one year.
    3. In July 1947, India was granted independence. Much to the amazement of Gandhi, Nehru, and Jinnah, who imagined that the hostility between Muslims and Hindus and Sikhs was the result of the machinations of the British, pursuing a strategy of divide and rule, members of the three religious communities immediately began slaughtering each other. Not surprisingly, it was the Muslims who began the killings, just as Direct Action Day in Calcutta in 1946, the great Muslim League rally on behalf of an independent Pakistan, kicked off with a massacre of Hindus. The violence after partition was all the more brutal as most of the victims were clubbed, hacked, or stabbed to death rather than shot. The death toll, contested as always, was probably somewhere between 600,000 and 1.5 million.
    Hindus and Sikhs from the Pubjab and Hindus from East Bengal were welcomed by the new government in Delhi. So were the Muslims who’d moved to what had become West Pakistan and East Pakistan. Under far more difficult conditions the previous year, ethnic Germans from Central Europe were welcomed into the new Federal Republic of Germany. Its cities were in ruins, its economy moribund, but the refugees were provided with food and shelter, and, eventually, housing and jobs. The Greeks, earlier, had also faced a daunting task in providing for the influx of their Anatolian cousins. The refugees increased the population by 20% -- as if 63 million Americans had been driven out of Canada and crossed the border. The Greek economy was weak. The drachma was twice devaluated by 50% during the ‘20s. But the newcomers were provided with land and over 50,000 homes were constructed for them.


    In 1948, there was still another population transfer. Again, it followed a war. But whereas in 1922, 1945-6, and 1947, those on the losing side were brutally slaughtered in the hundreds of thousands, their homes pillaged, their neighborhoods destroyed, this time there were occasions when the victors pleaded with the vanquished to remain. And the numbers were miniscule compared to the millions displaced earlier in the decade, and in the ‘20s.

    In the population exchange that followed the war for Israel’s independence, some 583,000 to 633,000 Arabs fled the new state. (Figures range from about 475,000 to 850,000; the official Israeli total is 550,000. Efraim Karsh provides a detailed summary.) About 146,000 to 160,000 chose to remain. The Arab population of Israel today is 1,660,000. This thriving community, which enjoys rights no other Arabs do in the Middle East, took a pass on the Arab Spring in 2011.

    There is an endless and contentious debate about what motivated the Arabs to flee. The inhabitants of some villages in strategic zones and along roads were expelled by Haganah; there were attacks on civilians in a few other villages during military operations, famously and controversially, Deir Yassin and Lydda. Many others fled at the urging of the leaders of the five Arab nations invading the territory of the new state, so as not to impede the attacking armies. They would, after all, soon be returning to their homes, and local Arab leaders had already decamped for Beirut and Damascus. In some areas, Jews urged the Arabs to remain, dispatching trucks with loudspeakers -- something that certainly did not happen in Anatolia, in the Punjab and Bengal, in Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, etc.


    Meanwhile, around 820,000 Sephardic Jews were expelled from their homelands in the Middle East. The immediate causes of the flood of refugees also varied, but it was nearly always violence against Jews, with government complicity -- pogroms, riots, attacks. Sometimes it was the arrest and trial of leading Jews on trumped up charges, the confiscation of property, legislation directed against Jews, etc. -- actions taken directly by governments. Of the total fleeing Arab lands and Iran, about 586,000 emigrated to Israel.


    We know the rest of the story all too well. The Jewish refugees were settled in Israel and quickly absorbed. The Arabs, eventually to be called “Palestinians,” were for the most part housed in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip and West Bank, and in Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.


    Unlike India and Pakistan in 1947, unlike Germany in 1945, unlike Greece in 1923, the Arab states and Iran were flush with money. This was not the result of any ingenuity or enterprise on their part. British and Americans, at great expense, explored for oil, and then built rigs and refineries when it was discovered. Since the middle of the 19thcentury, liberals have railed against landlords who “got rich in their sleep.” Targeted in particular in Britain were the owners of coalmines. But no one on the left has called for the “internationalization” of oil, so that the wealth this essential resource generates could be equitably redistributed to all the world’s inhabitants, and not just the lucky few who had herded their sheep and goats over the reserves for centuries.


    The Arab states pay a pittance to maintain the Palestinians. The refugees instead are provided for by the 30,000-employee-strong UNRWA, with a budget of over $900,000,000 -- 71% of which is contributed by Americans, Europeans, and the Japanese. Saudi Arabia, with a GDP of $750 billion, pays less than half of what the Netherlands contributes. UNRWA, by the way, is the only refugee agency that defines “refugee” as an individual who has lived in an area for only two years, that recognizes the descendants of refugees as refugees, and that insists on their “right of return” unto the generations. Under this definition, there are now over 4.8 million, with 1.4 million still in camps.


    It’s important to recall that the Arabs living in what became Israel were no more different from Arabs outside the former Mandate territory than were the Germans who lived east of the Oder different from those on the other side, or Greeks in Anatolia from Greeks on the peninsula. And they are much more like each other than are Punjabi Hindus like those of Kerala, Maharashtra, and other regions. There is no “Palestinian” language or culture. Had the Arab armies triumphed in 1948, “Palestinians” would have become Egyptians, Syrians, and Jordanians. When Gaza and the West Bank were occupied by Egypt and Jordan between 1948 and 1966, the natives did not agitate for autonomy or independence, any more than they had against the Ottoman Turks.


    The Germans, destitute and starving in 1945, did not create refugee camps along the Oder and Niesse. The beleaguered Greeks did not house the 1.2 million Ionians fleeing the Turks in tents on Lemnos, Lesbos, and other Aegean islands across from the cities they had been forced to abandon. Nor did Indians and Pakistanis maintain displaced Hindus and Muslims in camps on the borders of the new states.


    In the 19th century, Europeans, English in particular, celebrated the generosity of the noble Arab. Strangers, if male, were never turned away, but always invited to dinner. However, in the treatment of their own people displaced by the 1948 war of independence, there has been little honor, decency, or humanity. For three generations, the refugees have been maintained in deplorable conditions on Israel’s borders as pawns in a political campaign.


    Behind this callousness is the Quranic injunction that not an inch of dar al Islam must be surrendered to the infidel. Not even the one-sixth of one percent of the Middle East that is Israeli territory.


    The German Ambassador to London in 1914 wrote bitterly that with a little bit of good will, the disagreement between Austria-Hungary and Serbia that resulted in the First World War could have been settled in one day by a conference of ambassadors. With a little bit of good will, the population transfer that took place in 1948 would no more concern the world today than the population transfers of 1923, 1945, and 1947.
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    The root cause of evil in the ME is Israel. the sooner its removed the better

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazea View Post
    The root cause of evil in the ME is Israel. the sooner its removed the better
    and Muslims are such a lovely peaceful bunch in the ME? Please don't talk rubbish

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    The root cause of evil in the ME is Israel. the sooner its removed the better
    Before accusing look at the magnificent Muslims in the region.

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    Gaza war 2014: Israel, Hamas may have committed war crimes, UN report says

    GENEVA: Both Israel and Palestinian militants may have committed war crimes during last year's Gaza war, a widely anticipated United Nations report said on Monday, decrying the "unprecedented" devastation and human suffering.

    The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information" and "credible allegations" that both sides had committed war crimes during the conflict, which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

    "The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come," the chair of the commission, New York judge Mary McGowan Davis, said in a statement.

    The report decried the "huge firepower" used in Gaza, with Israel launching more than 6,000 airstrikes and firing 50,000 artillery shells during the 51-day operation.

    A third of the civilians killed were children. Palestinian armed groups meanwhile fired 4,881 rockets and 1,753 mortars towards Israel, killing six civilians and injuring at least 1,600 others.

    The report pointed out that hundreds of Palestinian civilians had been killed in their own homes, especially women and children, providing heart-wrenching testimony from a member of the Al Najjar family who lost 19 of his relatives in an attack in Khan Younis on July 26.

    "We all died that day, even those who survived," he said. According to the report, at least 142 families lost three or more members in an attack on residential buildings during last summer's war, resulting in 742 deaths.

    "The fact that Israel did not revise its practice of air-strikes, even after their dire effects on civilians became apparent, raises questions of whether this was part of a broader policy which was at least tacitly approved at the highest level of government," the commission said in a statement.

    The commission also voiced concern that a sense of "impunity prevails across the board for violations ... allegedly committed by Israeli forces, whether it be in the context of active hostilities in Gaza or killings, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank."

    The investigators urged Israel to "break with its recent lamentable track record in holding wrongdoers accountable."

    The report also decried the "indiscriminate" firing of thousands of rockets and mortars at Israel, which it said appeared to be have been intended to "spread terror" among Israeli civilians.

    The report had been scheduled to be published during the Human Rights Council's main annual session in March, but the investigators obtained a delay after the head of the team quit under Israeli pressure.

    Israel was not satisfied, calling for the entire inquiry to be shelved, insisting the commission and the Human Rights Council which created it are inherently biased against the Jewish state.

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    What nationalities were the deaths?

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    ...The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered "substantial information" and "credible allegations" that both sides had committed war crimes -
    Bottom lines: no specific evidence of war crimes by Israel found, evidence of specific war crimes by Hamas ignored.

    Since the report claims "the onus is on Israel" to prove its innocence it's a tar job on Jews and implicit permission to continue committing war crimes upon Israelis for Hamas. Not surprising given the legal and moral errors of the investigation mandate.
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    Bottom lines: no specific evidence of war crimes by Israel found, evidence of specific war crimes by Hamas ignored.

    Since the report claims "the onus is on Israel" to prove its innocence it's a tar job on Jews and implicit permission to continue committing war crimes upon Israelis for Hamas. Not surprising given the legal and moral errors of the investigation mandate.
    Replace Israel with Germans and Jews with Palestinians and you would say that you have learned much from Dr Goebells

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    Replace Israel with Germans and Jews with Palestinians and you would say that you have learned much from Dr Goebells
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    Experts Worry UN Setting Impossible Standard For Other Jew-Haters

    “The Council may feel it must lead in these matters, but that does not mean it should do so by making its own achievements untouchable.”


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    Geneva, June 23 – The level of bias and cynicism at play in the United Nations Human Rights Council’s report on last year’s war between Israel and Hamas has experts concerned that few, if any, aspiring antisemites will be able to competently emulate it.

    Yesterday marked the release of the report, compiled by an investigative team initially headed by William Schabas, a man who had declared long before the commission began its inquiry that he longed to see Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stand trial for war crimes. While anti-Israel bias among UN officials is nothing new, the nakedness of the phenomenon in the case of the Gaza commission quickly escalated to a scale unlikely to be matched by other individuals or groups that otherwise claim impartiality. If so, say experts, aspiring Jew-haters will find themselves striving for an out-of-reach goal, a recipe for emotional, psychological, and physical damage to them and those around them.

    The escalation began with the Human Rights Council’s decision to frame the investigation as beginning the day after three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas members, thereby effectively divorcing subsequent Israeli actions from their context and implying no justification for them. It proceeded by not raising an eyebrow at Schabas’s own conflict of interest inherent in previous legal work he had done for the Palestine Liberation Organization, nor at his failure to disclose that relationship. When he did grudgingly step down, after most of the report had been prepared, no revisiting of the investigation was even considered, even in light of the potential bias. The staff who continued to compose the report after Schabas’s departure, moreover, are documented as indulging in much the same level of anti-Israel bias as he. Most haters could produce such a level of cynicism and prejudice only after years of sustained practice, says communication scholar Joe
    Goebbels.

    “In most contexts no one can get still enjoy the veneer of respectability and credibility that the Human Rights Council pretends to have, even as they abandon any notion of fairness in practice,” said
    Goebbels
    . “The Council can thus engage in all manner of intellectual dishonesty, such as failing to compare the combatant-to-noncombatant casualty ratio to other conflicts. But other would-be vilifiers of Israel and Jews can’t go nearly as far as such chicanery if they strive not to be immediately dismissed as driven by hate. The Council may feel it must lead in these matters, but that does not mean it should do so by making its own achievements untouchable.”

    Excessive implementation of the cynicism and hypocrisy occurred in the report’s use of objective or pro-Israel sources only to help whitewash or downplay Palestinian crimes, noted Goebbels. “But they made no such attempt to qualify or restrict the application of jaded Palestinian or pro-Palestinian sources – taking, for example, Hamas-provided civilian casualty figures at face value. By itself that exercise in duplicity is old-school, but taken together with the rest of the Schabas Commission package, this is an too high a standard for aspiring antisemites to have a hope of matching.”

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ So anyone that has the temerity to suggest Israeli's are anything other than angels are anti Semitic. haven't heard that one before

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ So anyone that has the temerity to suggest Israeli's are anything other than angels are anti Semitic. haven't heard that one before
    You do seem to be the first to suggest this!
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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ So anyone that has the temerity to suggest Israeli's are anything other than angels are anti Semitic. haven't heard that one before
    If call a Jew anything bad, the logic is you are anti sematic. They are literally untouchable.

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    Palestinian moves against Israel at ICC 'counterproductive': US

    WASHINGTON: The White House said Thursday that efforts to have Israel charged with war crimes at the International Criminal Court were “counterproductive” and would be opposed by Washington.

    The United States has “made clear that we oppose actions against Israel at the ICC as counterproductive,” National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey told AFP.

    The Palestinian Authority earlier presented a first batch of evidence to the court in support of its campaign to have Israel investigated for alleged war crimes.

    ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in January launched a preliminary probe to see whether there was enough evidence for a full-blown war crimes investigation, later warning that both sides may face charges.

    The documents handed over on Thursday consist of two files.

    One concerns alleged Israeli crimes committed in Gaza during the 50-day war in July and August last year that killed 2,200 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers.

    Another file deals with Israel's occupation of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including “information about the issue of Palestinian prisoners,” the Palestinian mission in The Hague said.

    The Palestinian Authority has also tried to join the court as a signatory to the Rome Statute, part of a much broader effort to win diplomatic recognition and eventual statehood.

    The United States, which is not a signatory to the ICC, has also opposed that move.

    “We do not believe the Palestinians are eligible to accede to the Rome Statute and join the International Criminal Court,” said Baskey.

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    Israel 'intercepts' Gaza-bound boat

    The Israeli Navy has intercepted a Gaza-bound vessel with activists and forced it to sail to an Israeli port, the military says.
    It says it acted in international waters to prevent the "intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip".

    There was no violence as the navy searched the boat, Israel says.
    The activists earlier said they were carrying humanitarian aid, including medicine and solar panels for Gaza.
    The boat intercepted on Monday is believed to be Marianne - the lead vessel of a four-strong flotilla.

    "In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course," the military said in a statement, the AFP news agency reports.

    "Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip."
    The vessel is currently being escorted to the port of Ashdod.

    The flotilla is the latest in a number of protest voyages against Israel's blockade of Gaza, which is run by Hamas militants.
    In 2010, nine Turkish activists were killed aboard another activist vessel during an Israeli raid.
    Ten Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident on the Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marmara as it attempted to breach the Gaza blockade.

    It caused a deep rift between Israel and Turkey, who were former allies.

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    Israel 'intercepts' Gaza-bound boat

    The Israeli Navy has intercepted a Gaza-bound vessel with activists and forced it to sail to an Israeli port, the military says.
    It says it acted in international waters to prevent the "intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip".

    There was no violence as the navy searched the boat, Israel says.
    The activists earlier said they were carrying humanitarian aid, including medicine and solar panels for Gaza.
    The boat intercepted on Monday is believed to be Marianne - the lead vessel of a four-strong flotilla.

    "In accordance with international law, the Israeli Navy advised the vessel several times to change course," the military said in a statement, the AFP news agency reports.

    "Following their refusal the Navy visited and searched the vessel in international waters in order to prevent their intended breach of the maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip."
    The vessel is currently being escorted to the port of Ashdod.

    The flotilla is the latest in a number of protest voyages against Israel's blockade of Gaza, which is run by Hamas militants.
    In 2010, nine Turkish activists were killed aboard another activist vessel during an Israeli raid.
    Ten Israeli soldiers were injured in the incident on the Turkish-owned ship Mavi Marmara as it attempted to breach the Gaza blockade.

    It caused a deep rift between Israel and Turkey, who were former allies.

    BBC news
    Bast ards wont even allow humanitarian aid to go through.

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    Bast ards wont even allow humanitarian aid to go through.

    Gaza's weight-loss centers

    A Palestinian vendor sells sweets at a market in Gaza City, July 26, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Ahmed Zakot)

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    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Mona Hussein’s diabetes and hypertension, acquired during a pregnancy two years ago, have pushed her to see a dietitian. Her social life has deteriorated due to her obesity, as she now weighs 95 kilograms (209 pounds).

    Obesity in the Gaza Strip has increased as of late, with many Palestinians in Gaza seeking to shed pounds with the help of weight-loss centers.
    Author Mohammed Othman Posted March 22, 2015 Translator Cynthia Milan

    Hussein, 30, told Al-Monitor, “My desire to wear a smaller size has increased my excitement. I want to participate in all social occasions without being ashamed [of my body]. Not to mention the awkward situations I found myself in and the criticism against my figure that worsened due to my excessive weight.”

    Though Mona was concerned about the possible repercussions of a diet on her health, she found a doctor who has helped her adopt a diet to help her lose weight in a healthy fashion. She believes she has made the right choice.

    Samah Khaled, 26, from Gaza City, believes that her excess weight has stood in the way of her finding a husband, so five months ago she consulted a dietitian and has now lost over 40 kilograms (88 pounds).

    “In an attempt to change my social life and enter a new phase, especially since most of my friends are now married, I decided to resort to a dietitian to lose weight and have a better figure. I was more convinced by the idea of diets after meeting women who lost a large part of their body weight,” she explained.

    Samah said that her psychological state has improved since her weight loss, as have her chances at finding a husband.

    Obesity has become prevalent in the Gaza Strip, as confirmed by the increasing demand on dietitians. Ata Qaisi, health care consultant and owner of Gaza City's Diet Center, said obesity can have negative repercussions on a person's life, making him or her more vulnerable to hypertension, diabetes and joint pain. Obese women are also more susceptible to pregnancy complications and miscarriages, according to Qaisi.

    Qaisi told Al-Monitor that there is a large demand in Gaza for weight-loss programs. “The comfort is in the improvement of the figure and this is what we seek through our programs, which are supposed to be followed through diets and not only by relying on weight loss. When the person finds that the weight has been reduced and the shape has been improved, his or her entire life completely changes. This is how people find comfort in their hearts and minds,” he said.

    Qaisi said that many Palestinians have consulted weight-loss centers, either in a bid to treat obesity or just to shed a few pounds ahead of a social event. Only five weight-loss centers can be found in the Gaza Strip, according to Qaisi. Statistics on the number of nutritionists in Gaza are unavailable.

    Some people consume herbal supplements or take pills to lose weight in a short period of time, said Qaisi, yet this often results in complications and does not help individuals lose weight. Qaisi estimated that women represent 95% of weight-loss program clients.

    In the Gaza Strip, a high proportion of people suffer from obesity. “Only 18% to 25% of the Strip’s residents have a normal weight," he said. "The rest are suffering from obesity because of the nature of our life pattern, in addition to the unbalanced social lifestyle, bad eating habits, food traditions and dessert consumption.”

    He added, “Such a large proportion is the result of common diseases such as diabetes, stress, cancer and rheumatism. If, for example, the proportion of patients with high blood pressure is 30% of the population, know that 97% of them are due to obesity and the rest are due to accidental causes.”

    Suhail al-Qishawi, an endocrinology and diabetes consultant, told Al-Monitor that obesity puts one at risk for Type 2 diabetes, as do other factors such as lack of exercise, age and genetics.

    “Obesity is now classified as a disease that results in high blood pressure, because it is often associated with the pancreas producing less insulin due to the fat on the organ. This causes diabetes among obese persons. Patients with Type 2 diabetes in the Gaza Strip represent more than 95% of patients with diabetes in general, which means that around 95% of diabetes patients got it as a result of obesity,” he said.

    Despite the deteriorating economic situation in the Gaza Strip, residents’ awareness of the danger of obesity has pushed many to seek out the services of weight-loss centers to help them overcome the disease.



    Mohammed Othman
    Contributor, Palestine Pulse
    Mohammed Othman is a journalist from the Gaza Strip. He graduated from the Faculty of Media in the Department of Radio and Television at Al-Aqsa University in Gaza in 2009. He has received a number of Palestinian and Arab awards, including first place at the Arab Press Awards in Dubai in the category of Youth Press during its tenth session in 2011 and the Press Freedom Award from the Palestinian Government Media Center during its first session in 2011. He also received the third place award for investigative reporting of corruption cases, organized by the Media Development Center at Birzeit University and the Anti-Corruption Commission in 2013.



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