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Showing Sympathy for Palestinians Is Career Suicide for Western Journalists

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Events are sanitized so as not to be controversial and upset the wrong people by humanizing the conflict -- for fear that it will make you look sympathetic to the Palestinians.

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Jason S (50)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 1:24 pm
Pace over war any day, we start acting like one, there would no need to make wars. Start thinking in a diffident light to change the world as we knew it, good posting, thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday November 21, 2012, 4:05 pm
Thanks for the post.

Gloria p (304)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:35 am
There has to be peace between both sides or we are all going to lose.

Adam I (25)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:38 am
Thanks, Carrie; the way this horrible conflict is being handled is a shame for mankind as a whole.

. (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:51 am
There is no such thing as Hamas schools,Hamas police stations, or Hamas ministry? Is this author in total denial?
Children are taught religious right teachings. Children are taught to hate Israel, and the Jews. The police? Mere figures in the scheme of things. Men who have given their loyalty to the government, which is controlled by Hamas. The ministry? What religious freedoms are there in the Gaza? This was the most foolish statement of all.

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:56 am
Carrie, this is a total nonsense. One much more often reads pro-Arab and pro-Islamic propaganda. Obama refused to condemn anything Muslim-related as terrorism, and keeps equating Israel's democracy and Hamas extremism.

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 10:21 am
Carrie, Arab terrorist blew up a bus in Tel Aviv, see here:

Many newspapers skipped this news at all, and instead published something pro-Arab.

Thursday November 22, 2012, 1:20 pm
The USA had no right to give Israel land that didnt belong to them, also they are bombing them whare did they Israel get all their wepons from i dont have to say, how are the people in Palistine supposed to live they have no food, water ,ect i have no sympathy for Israel they want war and want to deag the USA INTO IT Thats not the way you live in peace. the land should be as it was...

Eliza Thorn (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 1:52 pm
I wish people didn't get hurt when people have a difference of opinions. There's so much hate, and it's only going to lead to more hate, and more destruction.

greenplanet e (155)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:22 pm
Killing little children is wrong.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 2:56 pm
So true, Carrie. The same stands for show business, university professors and any other profession which informs, educates or has any significant public exposure.

Thomas B (1)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 3:28 pm
Hamas is a terririst organization and is despised by the people of Gaza. Any dissenters are dragged through the streets behind a motorcycle. Pay attention! Targetting civilians is a war crime, just as using human shields. Where do you get your news? The blockade was necessary because Iran was sending illegal weapons. Why do they refuse to even acknowledge Israel's right to exist?

You want sympathy for religious terrorists? You people are nuts!


Jackie D (7)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 4:29 pm
Peace will happen when Israel tears down the wall and stops stealing Palestinian lands.

Jackie D (7)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 4:34 pm
"Hamas is not Gaza. Gaza has over 1.5 million Palestinians living in it. There are mothers and fathers and brothers and babies. There are people that have no interest in politics. Gaza is a society, not an island of terrorists. You cannot use the words Gaza and Hamas interchangeably.

Similarly, Hamas is the ruling authority in Gaza -- there is no such thing as a Hamas school, or a Hamas police station or a Hamas ministry. These are adjectives are used by Israel to justify the targeting of these sites. Many if not most who work in these institutions are not members of the Hamas organization. There is also a difference between a member of Hamas and a Palestinian fighter. Again a distinction is so often lost.

But the thing journalists seem to be struggling most with right now is what constitutes a legitimate target. A house with 10 family members, including kids, women and old people is struck with a missile. They all die. There is initial outrage. But then the Israeli army says it was targeting a "Hamas official."

Suddenly the coverage is different. The line about the Hamas official is put into every script without question or context -- all is well now because initially the story seemed unbalanced, too risky to report because it sounded too bad to be true (even though in 2008 Israel shelled the Samouni house killing over 25 members of the same family).

Does anyone stop and ask: even if there was a Hamas official inside the house, is killing ten innocent civilians to take out one official who is obviously under Israeli surveillance justified? Isn't that exactly what the Goldstone report highlighted? Israel has a choice when it decides to hit whether this strike is worth the gain -- if the aim is to take the target out, can they achieve it another time when he is not with his entire family?

If the situation was reversed and Palestinian fighters struck a house of an Israeli Army commander, killing him, his mother, his wife and four children, would the media so blindly accept the justification of this being a legitimate target?"

William Ford (1)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 5:23 pm
Well the Hamas used the children for their shields against Israel. The Israeli had no choice.

Alexander Werner (53)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 5:32 pm
You are right, William.

Jelica, so far nobody fired Chomski, though one cannot be more anti-Israel or anti-American than this pro-Commi guy.

When US Army instructors are fired by command from CAIR and other Islamist Lobbies, when suicide bombings of Israel buses do not make into news, this talk about about lack of media support for the Arab cause is cheer nonsense.

Jelica R (144)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:20 pm
Chomsky is a too big name to be dumped without the global outcry. In contrast, Norman Finkelstein was less known, after a public feud with Alan Dershowitz, Finkelstein's tenure bid at DePaul was denied, and now he is off academia. Young people who are just starting a career in academia know that criticizing Israel will hurt their prospects.

Robert O (12)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 8:52 pm
Good article and so true. Thanks Carrie.

Kathleen B (37)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:51 pm
Want to know what happens to journalists who tell the truth about Israel? Try asking Helen Thomas, 90 year old White House Doyen lost her job, her agency, speaking engagements ..... and she wasn't even working when she made an off the cuff remark.

We are witnessing the death of free speech and free press and I attribute it to 2 tiered justice system.
Nixon should have never been pardoned.

Past Member (0)
Thursday November 22, 2012, 9:58 pm
Thank you Carrie. I love Israel and will always stand with Israel, but I pray for peace. Too much bloodshed.

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 23, 2012, 12:18 am
Bonita, I appreciate your comment. I too pray for peace and love and think of all who are suffering in Palestine and Israel.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday November 23, 2012, 2:21 am
a long and complicated story, this issue Carrie... both sides KNOW the solution, they will NEVER accept it, they WANT war.... nobody will give in, and THAT is sad....also, NO sympathy in general, is tolerated. You are WEAK when you sympathize...according to this world...

Herbert E (10)
Friday November 23, 2012, 6:07 am
If Palestinians would just disappear by themselves, israel would not want war.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 23, 2012, 11:40 am
No matter what or who - why is it ALWAYS Yisrael's fault? Who started this conflict anyway? Who is killing their own people? Only one country in this Mid-Easten war wants peace!!

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday November 23, 2012, 1:37 pm
Great article, thanks, Carrie. I've been reading bits and pieces of this in other recent articles, but this one puts it all together sensibly. Great mention by Kate B. regarding Helen Thomas. When that happened, I knew something was horribly wrong.

Carrie B (306)
Friday November 23, 2012, 7:30 pm
I want sympathy for the innocent civilians being treated like prisoners and then slaughtered.

Alexander Werner (53)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 5:51 pm
Carrie, Gazans have nothing to do with " being treated like prisoners and then slaughtered." Your rhetoric really resembles the worst cases of dawah.

Hamas deliverately wars with Israel. Hamas bombs Israeli cities aiming at civilians and disrupting live in Israel,. even though not may people are killed.

In comparison, Israelis went after bad guys only, and tried to eliminated only the worst Islamists. You know, when Americans were taking out Bin Laden, some civilians in his vicinity died as well.

Somehow, the use of human shields by Hamas gets lost in your posts.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 6:35 pm
As does the use of human shields by the Israelis gets lost in yours Bob. I have no sympathy for any of those who have caused this. That is something all of the Islam haters can not and will not understand or except!

Alexander Werner (53)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 8:55 am
Carrie, when you are talking about Islam you have to be specific: are you talking about Islam of Malala, of Islam of those who wanted to kill Malala for the sake of Islam?

Judging by your posts, you seem to be a great defender of the Islam of Malala assassins.

Jelica R (144)
Monday November 26, 2012, 11:50 am
Oh, dear! Bob learned one Muslim girl's name and keeps trying to divert any discussion by using her. Why didn't you answer on my comment about Norman Finkelstein, Bob? Is it because this case is right on topic, and it is not backing your myopia?
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