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NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys.

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fly bird (26)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 4:48 pm
NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys, according to a Thursday report by The Intercept.

According to the report, by Glenn Greenwald, NBC executives said the decision was due to "security concerns" as Israel prepares its ground invasion. The attack that left the children dead occurred near the hotel where Mohyeldin and other journalists were staying. However, Greenwald insinuated the move could have been because the reporter's "powerful" coverage of the conflict had angered the pro-Israeli political establishment.

"Over the last two weeks, Mohyeldin’s reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and 'pro-Israel' websites have repeatedly attacked him as a 'Hamas spokesman' and spouting 'pro-Hamas rants,'" Greenwald wrote.

The day before his reported removal from Gaza, Mohyeldin reported on the deaths of the four young Palestinian boys. He said he played with them and kicked around a ball shortly before their death.

"The attack - and its heartrending aftermath – was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach. The four victims were named as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both 10 years old, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9," Mohyeldin's report said.

NBC and Mohyeldin did not return requests for comment from Business Insider.

"Security" - bollocks!
This is media/journalistic censorship and discrimination.
ty Sam

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 17, 2014, 9:11 pm
No surprise. The American media is Israel biased. BBC paints a more accurate picture--an unbiased one. Thanks Sam

Frank G (216)
Friday July 18, 2014, 5:10 am
It's kind of funny when a mainstream "news" show brings out their Israel rep and he simply repeats the Likud talking points that the headline and the host of the show have just proclaimed.

fly bird (26)
Friday July 18, 2014, 8:37 am
TAKE ACTION: Attend one of the protests around the world demanding an end to the assault on Gaza and the mass arrest raids and killings of Palestinians in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Occupied Palestine ’48.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday July 18, 2014, 11:47 am
Please sign this petition to reinstate this reporter.
Petition To Reinstate Ayman Mohyeldin

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 18, 2014, 12:10 pm
Watching news reports about this incident yesterday ~ a female journalist had photos of the boys playing on the beach ~ and then running from the explosions. She said it appeared the shells were targeting the boys as they ran to an empty nearby beach shack. She also said that she had been at that location for several days and there was no Hamas activity there ~ nor was there any type of secondary explosion from the shack to indicate any weapons were stored there. What is wrong with the world when they allow Israel to commit these horrendous acts of aggression and cruelty with no consequences?

Sam H (410)
Friday July 18, 2014, 12:24 pm
There's a very good chance that the reporter himself was targeted.

Freya H (357)
Friday July 18, 2014, 12:54 pm
Anti-Semitic scum love stories like this because it "proves" their idiotic theories of Jews being secretly in charge of everything.

Hitler is dancing in Hell.

Marc P (50)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:25 pm
Freya H: Immoral, indecent, unethical and just awful people like you endorse the murder of children. I don't know who ripped the heart out of your chest and replaced it with a lump of dog shit, but sooner or later YOU will have to answer to God regarding your complete disregard for children.

Carrie B (306)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:30 pm
Please sign this petition Tell NBC SEND YOUR REPORTER BACK TO GAZA

Kathleen M (224)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:32 pm
Noted. Thanks, Sam. Can't say i'm surprized, but pulling Mohyeldin from Gaza will NOT enhance NBC's reputation for journalistic integrity. Hope they change what passes for their collective mind, STAT!

Angelika R (143)
Friday July 18, 2014, 1:51 pm
Obviously NBC does not consider such a "security risk" existing for Mr. Engel, the immediate replacement, so that might speak for Sam's theory...apart from the well known pro-war bias in the media.
NBC should publicly explain the reason for Mohyeldin's removal and this MoveOn Petition is calling for that:
Have signed the other on already earlier. Thx.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday July 18, 2014, 2:24 pm
Democracy Now! Friday, July 18, 2014 - Glenn Greenwald: Why Did NBC Pull Veteran Reporter After He Witnessed Israeli Killing of Gaza Kids?

Thanks for this post, Sam.
Thanks for the petition links, jess, Angelika, Dandelion, Carrie!

Freya, what do you say to Jews who are protesting against the Israeli attack on Gaza & all the unjustified tragic casualties?

What do you say to Rabbi Michael Lerner who has written "Israel: Stop the Invasion of Gaza, Stop the Bombing of Gaza, Free the Palestinian Prisoners", an article which can also be read on the home page of Huffington Post @ today.

Rabbi Michael Lerner is the editor of Tikkun Magazine, chair of the Network of Spiritual Progressives, rabbi of Beyt Tikkun Synagogue-Without-Walls in S.F. & Berkeley, Ca. and author of 11 books includng two national best sellers: "Jewish Renewal: A Path to Healing and Transformation", "The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right," & his most recent "Embracing Israel/Palestine" -- you can't smear away his carefully thought-out remarks, his update on events & his thoughtful, intelligent suggestions for a negotiated peace settlement with your highly insulting "Anti-Semitic scum" ! Take off your blinders, Freya!


Sam H (410)
Friday July 18, 2014, 2:30 pm
The risks that Ayman took to expose Israel’s crimes are not imagined. And it’s not beyond the ability of the blood-thirsty Israeli government to try to silence him any which way possible.

I believe his life is/was at risk for doing what most other reporters didn’t dare do.

Of course, he should be reinstated. But the US should also demand that his safety be guaranteed and there should be no ambiguity about the consequences Israel would face should any harm come his way while he’s doing his job.

NBC has a lot of explaining to do. And the news reports we get here should be subjected to the blessing of the murderous Israeli government.

What we need to understand is that Israel fears the truth more than it fears Hamas. Ayman was exposing the truth, and for that he became a marked man.

That is what I was talking about in my earlier comment.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Friday July 18, 2014, 2:48 pm
Excerpt from Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now!'s show today:

AMY GOODMAN: Glenn Greenwald, if you can talk more broadly now about the U.S. media coverage of what is taking place right now? For that, I wanted to go to a clip for one minute of Diane Sawyer. This is a clip of Diane Sawyer reporting just a few days ago. Diane Sawyer, of course, the news anchor on ABC. Last week, she misidentified scenes of the aftermath of the Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.

DIANE SAWYER: We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today, as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky, all part of the tinderbox, Israelis and Palestinians. And here an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can, one woman standing speechless among the ruins.

AMY GOODMAN: For our radio listeners, as Diane Sawyer was speaking, there was video footage of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the smoking debris after an Israeli missile hit their home. Well, on Thursday, Sawyer apologized for misidentifying the victims of that attack.

DIANE SAWYER: On Tuesday evening, we made a mistake, and I want to put up these pictures again, because during an introduction to a story on the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians, I misidentified these powerful images. The people in these photos are Palestinians in Gaza in the aftermath of an airstrike by Israel—not Israelis, as I mistakenly described them. And we want you to know we are truly sorry for the error.

AMY GOODMAN: That was Diane Sawyer’s apology a week ago. Glenn Greenwald, can you comment?

GLENN GREENWALD: Interestingly, you know, from working in the last several years in media, I’ve gotten to know a lot of journalists. I’ve gotten to understand a lot more about how these large media outlets function. I’ve worked with some of them over the last year in the reporting I’ve done. And it really is remarkable, and not hyperbole, that there is nothing that makes major media figures and news executives more petrified than reporting on Israel. I mean, the way in which they become so frightened to do any sort of reporting that could make what they call Israel’s supporters inside the United States angry really can’t be overstated.

And that’s the reason why this ABC, quote-unquote, "error" resonated so greatly, is because one of the things that you almost never see in major American media reporting is anything that shows the suffering of the Palestinians, that shows the brutal savagery of the Israeli military inside of Gaza. It was almost like they showed it by accident there and then just misreported it as being Israeli suffering because that’s what they’re so accustomed to showing, even though Israeli suffering is so much less than the havoc that is wreaked on the Palestinians.

But the one thing I will say that I think is actually encouraging is this is one case where social media really does make a difference. You have now Gazans inside of the worst attack zones that are able to go onto Twitter, that are able to go onto Facebook, that are able to upload video imagery, that are able to be heard in their own voices. And you have lots of pushback on social media, as well, toward media outlets and their unbelievably just grotesque pro-Israel bias, in a way that I think has really kind of improved the coverage this time, so that we are now seeing more of the reality of Israeli militarism and aggression. And they’re not being able to get away with calling every victim a Hamas terrorist or a Hamas supporter or a human shield, because social media enables the stark reality of what the Israelis are doing to be seen. It’s just part of the overall trend where major media outlets are losing their monopoly on how we understand the world, but it is still the case that nothing puts fear into the heart of American journalists—and American politicians—like the word "Israel." It’s really remarkable to watch.

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And, Glenn, in terms of this issue of the pressure on these media companies and also the ability of the Israeli government and their supporters to manage news coverage—for instance, the invasion was actually—the stage was set for it when an unnamed, high-ranking Israeli official conducted interviews with The Washington Post, The New York Times, all of whom wrote stories before the invasion began that it was likely to happen, but yet never named the official and, in essence, participated in the trial balloon that was set up for the invasion.

GLENN GREENWALD: American media officials are incredibly subservient to American political officials. That’s been—you know, American media figures are. But when it comes to Israeli political officials, it’s virtually cringe-inducing to watch how accommodating and deferential and submissive they become. And it really is true that American media outlets play a very similar role when it comes to Israeli military operations as they played in the run-up to the Iraq War, which is that they give constant anonymity to any Israeli military or political official who request it, they launder those claims without the slightest bit of skepticism expressed, and there’s never or virtually never the other side presented, which is the views of the people living in those areas that are attacked by Israeli aggression, or the politicians or the military officials who are in Gaza or who are in the West Bank. It’s incredibly one-sided, it’s propagandistic, and it really is deliberate. I mean, it’s so overwhelming and extreme in terms of how one-sided they are. They barely pretend even to be even-handed in their coverage.

And, you know, you’ve seen—I mean, I think one of the most amazing things was, the producer, the longtime producer at CNN, Octavia Nasr, she was there for 20 years, a completely competent, well-liked employee, never had any kind of disciplinary problems. A Shia imam in Lebanon, who had links to Hezbollah, died. He was beloved by millions and millions of Shia around the world. She went on Twitter and very innocuously just expressed condolences, and she was instantly fired.

And this has happened over and over, where major media figures have been stigmatized or lost their jobs or had their careers destroyed for the slightest amount of deviation from pro-Israel orthodoxies. And those lessons have been really well learned, just in the same way that American members of Congress are petrified of uttering a peep of criticism of Israel, which is why you see pro-Israel resolutions unanimously passing in the U.S. Congress, even as public opinion is sharply divided around the world or even against the Israelis. I mean, the evidence is just so conclusive, so clear, about all kinds of pressure and intimidation that are put on American media and political figures, such that we have less of an ability in the United States to debate Israel policy than they even do in Israel.

Sam H (410)
Friday July 18, 2014, 2:49 pm
should be = should NOT be

Krista Slavin (195)
Friday July 18, 2014, 11:10 pm
Doesn't sound like this reporter was very safe there anymore. Probably a good thing that they pulled him.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 12:44 am
After 15.000 petition signatures and countless emails, phone calls and tweets, Ayman Mohyeldin has said that he will be returning to Gaza and he thanks for all the supports.
I could watch the full report in Al Jazeera channel. All happened as Carrie says.
Thanks Sam for posting.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 3:50 am
I am very glad to see that NBC has reinstated Ayman Mohyeldin & are sending him back to Gaza. According to the NYTimes: "In a Twitter posting on Friday evening Mr. Mohyeldin wrote: “Thanks for all the support. I’m returning to #Gaza to report. Proud of NBC’s continued commitment to cover the #Palestinian side of the story.” "

He probably will need special protection... from the Israelis!

The four young boys killed in Gaza, aged between nine and 11, were playing on a pier jutting out into the sea, right in front of the Deira Hotel, which houses many foreign correspondents. That's why other correspondents witnessed the scene, not only Ayman Mohyeldin. One of them was France 24 correspondent Gallagher Fenwick, who made the following statement on the segment of Democracy Now!'s July 17th show entitled, "Horror on Gaza Beach: New York Times Photographer Witnesses Israeli Killing of 4 Palestinian Boys":

"We witnessed the incident. The first strike occurred, and we went out onto our balcony. You have to understand that this happened right in front of the hotels on the Gaza beachfront where most of the international media are staying, so there were very many witnesses of this incident. As I mentioned, there was a first very loud strike that hit a structure that is right on the Gaza port. So, many people looking out onto there. And after that first strike happened, we saw four very young children running away from the point of impact on a completely empty beach, so very clearly visible from a distance. And that’s why—that’s when, excuse me, there was a second strike that obviously hit the other children, so leaving four children dead on that beach—a very shocking incident given that, again, these children were clearly simply playing around and were very, very clearly visible from a distance."

Tyler Hicks, Pulitzer Prize-winning staff photographer at The New York Times, is one of two guests on this segment of the July 17th DN! show & unlike Ayman Mohyeldin, he has not been threatened with losing his job over this incident, which is an obvious war crime. His photos illustrated the NYTimes article, which he is not attributed with writing, although it is his first-hand account which contributed to the article, "Boys Drawn to Gaza Beach, and Into Center of Mideast Strife"

His statements on DN! clearly indicate that this beach area was not the site of any Hamas rocket or missile launchings, just "a quiet little strand of beach, sometimes a few fishermen out there with nets trying to catch just small bait fish, occasionally a few children. ... now, this isn’t a military area. It’s a place that this part of the beach has hotels that are frequented by journalists. It’s not a place that Hamas would be gathering—certainly not this little shack that’s out on the seawall. There would be no reason that people would be out there in the sweltering sun having some kind of meeting that would be attacked."

Nor does Hicks seem threatened by appearing on DN!, but then DN! & the NYTimes don't get the mass exposure of NBC, so no one will bother to muzzle these sources for telling their viewers and readers what is actually happening in Gaza & reporting the suffering of innocent Palestinians who are not Hamas militants.

Btw, Mr. Mohyeldin's removal by NBC was first reported by the news sites TVNewser and Glenn Greenwald's The Intercept.

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 5:17 am
The mainstream media is all owned and run by corporations--the same corporate system that owns and runs the "defense industry". The military-industrial complex makes trillions of dollars selling weaponry to Israel--the same weapons that allow the Israeli govt. to slaughter the people of Gaza so effortlessly. Of course, the corporations aren't going to allow their pet media to display the facts which might undermine their war profits,don't want the American public getting upset and trying to do something to stop their war profiteering.
I'm glad someone mentioned Democracy Now!, an excellent choice for truthful reporting. They take the time to take an in-depth look at the issues. Don't forget to offer financial support to your favorite independent journalists if you can. Without them, we'd never know what was going on.

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 8:24 am
I see a lot of concern here about media-bias, and I am concerned about it as well, but has nobody here thought of Mr. Mohyeldin's well-being? While I've never personally witnessed the violent death of children, something tells me it's pretty traumatic. Whether working as a reporter or otherwise, if I were responsible for someone, as an employer or otherwise, who witnessed such deaths, my response would be "Now you get to spend some time with your family, and maybe a therapist just to make sure you're okay. I'm paying, and I'm not taking "no" as an answer." Seriously, NBC made the right move. Now, if Mr. Mohyeldin is feeling okay and feels he must get back to work, then sending him back to Gaza is also the right move. I applaud NBC execs for taking care of their people.

Just as a side-note, there were leaflets dropped around that beach prior saying the Israelis would be shelling it. The current story coming out of there is that the kids were told to stay indoors and away from the beach but, being kids, went out to play anyways. It's tragic, and children should not be subject to such life-and-death situations depending on a level of responsibility which, as children, they cannot be expected to have. If anybody knows a way around that in war that could reasonably be implemented, I would love to hear it.

Sam H (410)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 8:56 am
It seems that you like to hear yourself, Stephen, more than you like to hear what others are saying. You come here making assertions about what was said and wasn’t said about the reporter without taking the time to read what was said. But that’s nothing new in your doing so. Maybe you’d like reassess what you just said about Ayman’s safety after you read what was said about it!

You’re blaming the death of the children on the children. Did you NOT notice that? Everybody is responsible for their death but the one who pulled the trigger. How more pathetic can anyone get?!

Those damn children deserved to die. Israel was justified in killing them. How can anyone blame Israel for their death? Israel left leaflets of its intentions! Well, in that case, it’s premeditated murder.

Yes, there is that novel idea that could have prevented their death. It’s called NOT shelling civilian populations.

Sam H (410)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 9:05 am
This is an update that I posted elsewhere yesterday, but not here.

NBC News statement: Ayman Mohyeldin back to Gaza

Statement from an NBC News spokesperson:

"Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days, including his invaluable and well-documented contribution to the story on the deaths of the four Palestinian children on Wednesday. As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We've carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days."

Sam H (410)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 9:14 am
And this was Ayman’s statement:

"Thanks for all the support. I’m returning to Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the Palestinian side of the story."

Thanks for your concern, Stephen, for Ayman’s wellbeing. Maybe you can translate that concern by telling the killers on your side not to kill him.

Abdessalam Diab (145)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:00 am
Petition signed yesterday. there is a lot to say but briefly say that Zionism doesn't want people to see the truth. Zionism,controlling media in USA and Europe, would silence who ever dares to talk freely about Israel's crimes . Many suffered from this specially in USA.

Marc P (50)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:18 am

Stephen Brian : In regard to your comment, attempting to excuse Mr. Mohyeldin's removal; "has nobody here thought of Mr. Mohyeldin's well-being?" I say this: How about we let Mr Mohyeldin decide weather he is able to continue reporting? Your comment is a prime exhibit of the problem this country has. We constantly allow OTHER people to do our thinking for us! "Mr. Mohyeldin can't possibly be responsible enough to decide for himself weather he is able to continue or not!" That sums up the problem in a nutshell. We have been trained to hand over responsibility for ourselves to other people.

Marc P (50)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 10:21 am
I stopped watching NBC news some time ago due to their blatant propagandizing of every story of importance. More people should do the same. These media outlets lie night after night on the evening news yet night after night we keep watching and sending them our advertising dollars!

Birgit W (160)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 2:25 pm
Our media is so corrupt and manipulating that we cannot believe anything anymore what we are hearing.
Petition signed.
RIP Ahed Atef Bakr, Zakaria Ahed Bakr, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, Ismael Mohamed Bakr. My condolences to their families.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 2:42 pm
Thank you for this article, Sam.

Kate Kenner (215)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 4:23 pm
Is gned a petition to send him back but in retrospect he should be sent back only if he wants to go. Being retrospect there is no pice of cake and if he is unable to do his job there and be safe because of his own emotional issues then he should not go at least not until he recovers. I know it is his jobs but sometimes one needs a break.

Lone F (67)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 4:48 pm
Thank you for the article, Sam!

Lloyd H (46)
Saturday July 19, 2014, 9:01 pm
Freya h., your choice of words betrays your intentional ignorance. Palestinians ARE SEMITES. So just who is being the Anti-Semite.

Sam H (410)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 12:09 am
Rubbish is what Stephen is spewing here, Ros.

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 4:08 am
I wish people would bother to read the other comments before posting:

Sam & I both quoted Mr. Mohyeldin's reaction to being sent back to Gaza --"Thanks for all the support. I’m returning to Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the Palestinian side of the story." -- BEFORE two people here posted on the 'theme' of Mohyeldin's needing a rest, a break, maybe even therapy (!), the importance of letting Ayman Mohyeldin decide for himself, &/or NBC's thoughtful 'caring' about Mohyeldin's state of health!

If you READ Mohyeldin's statement on being deployed back to Gaza, there cannot subsist the shadow of a doubt that back to Gaza is where he wanted to go!

As far as witnessing the brutal deaths of those four children causing trauma to Mohyeldin that he might require time to 'recover' from, reading (or listening to/watching) the DN! show with Glenn Greenwald I linked to should rule out (& should have ruled out) that hyphothesis before anybody wrote it, because Ayman Mohyeldin has been 'imbedded' in Gaza for years, first as an Al Jazeera reporter & now for NBC. As DN!'s own special Gaza correspondent, Sharif Abdel Kouddous, says about Ayman Mohyeldin, he "has covered all three Israeli assaults on Gaza, the 2008-2009 assault, the 2012 assault and the assault that we’re undergoing now." So in all of his many years of reporting there, Mohyeldin has already witnessed such horror there that the killing of the boys would not have suddenly caused him 'emotional issues' that he couldn't cope with and that he'd need time away to deal with!

On DN!, I saw a clip of Mohyeldin leading his cameraman around the wounded in a Gaza hospital during an earlier Israeli assault on Gaza & if he survived serious trauma & 'emotional issues' seeing the frightful condition these poor wounded people were in, well ... it seems unlikely he is going to lose it now! That clip was from a film that he and Sherine Tadros made, the documentary called "The War Around Us" (YouTube trailer), which shows Ayman Mohyeldin and Sherine Tadros reporting from Gaza during that 2008 Israeli war known as Operation Cast Lead. On the site of the film, The War Around Us, there is a selection of videos & the link to their YouTube Playlist, which includes other trailers & excerpts from the film, as well as talks Mohyeldin has given at a few US universities.
From May 2008 until May 2010, Ayman was the only foreign broadcast journalist based in the Gaza Strip. During the 2008/2009 War on Gaza, he was the only American journalist reporting live from Gaza. From 2003-2006, he was based in Baghdad where he covered the immediate aftermath of the US-led invasion of Iraq. While there, he reported on the daily struggle of ordinary Iraqis and embedded with the US military to cover the Iraqi insurgency. Ayman was among the few international journalists allowed to observe and report on the US handover of Saddam Hussein to an Iraqi judge.

In 2011, Time Magazine named Ayman one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. For his reporting, Ayman has won a Peabody Award, the UK’s Cutting Edge Media Award and Argentina’s prestigious Perfil International Press Freedom Award. He has received multiple Emmy nominations throughout his career.

How does a journalist protect himself from 'emotional issues' & deep trauma after witnessing horror & suffering on a magnitude that we cannot only imagine? I think that this journalist is so motivated (and this comes out in the DN! discussion) that the self-determined mission that he's dedicated himself to, namely to show 'the other side', the Palestinian side, that is ignored by corporate mass media, particularly in the US, provides him with all the protection he needs not to break down. Given what both Glenn Greenwald & Mohyeldin's colleague & friend Sharif Abdel Kouddous (DN!'s Gaza correspondent) said about him, this seems a very probable explanation (to me at least).

As for absolving the Israeli military because they scattered flyers around, that is simply disgusting!
What's more, that is forgetting that the killing of these boys took place during the five-hour ceasefire that had been declared for humanitarian purposes.

Just as disgusting as the statement of the US State Department spokeswoman who, "asked about this killing, ... essentially absolved Israel and blamed Hamas, what the U.S. government always does, even in the most egregious cases of Israeli war crimes." (Glenn Greenwald)

Freya H (357)
Sunday July 20, 2014, 8:24 am
After reading the most recent comments, I believe that mine has been misunderstood. I am well aware that many Jews, including Israelis, are condemning the assaults on Gaza. My point is, when the mainstream media removes a reporter for reporting the deaths of some Palestinian children, Jew-haters jump on it and use it as "proof" of their own ridiculous, prejudiced claims. I would rather that Israel and Palestine would live in peace, or at least leave each other alone.

Margaret G (243)
Wednesday July 23, 2014, 3:18 pm
It certainly seems as if the mass media in the United States give more time to the climate change deniers than they do to those reporting on the Palestinian point of view.
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