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The Intifada's Lasting Injuries

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Countless Palestinians living under Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip struggle daily as a result of injuries from the army. According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, approximately 31,000 Palestinians were injured ...


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Tuesday July 7, 2015, 4:10 pm
It would be nice to think we could have peace in our lifetime. . .

fly b (26)
Tuesday July 7, 2015, 8:26 pm
Free Palestine, now! End the siege of Gaza, now!

Thanks, Carrie

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 8, 2015, 6:25 am
Electronic Intifada is a Palestinian Arab extremist and hate site.

It contains no real news from Arab world: no politics, no sports, no science, no culture, not even religion. All posts are dedicated to blaming Israel in all possible sins and calls for more fighting.

This site is a source of hate and lies, to be spread by Arab Nationalist and Dawah PR workers all over the world.

Carrie continues with her agenda...

Carol R (11)
Wednesday July 8, 2015, 6:53 am
Such sad pictures of war..... thanks Carrie.

S J (124)
Wednesday July 8, 2015, 4:55 pm
end Israel invasion, BOYCOTT Israel.
thanks Carrie

Beryl L (78)
Wednesday July 8, 2015, 8:59 pm
we need to have peace all around the world!

Past Member (0)
Thursday July 9, 2015, 9:04 pm
Shauna, could not say it better myself: "*A story is but half told when told by only one.*

According to Intifada (riots in Arabic) Arabs are just angels. Yeah, right. Verified in Syria, Iraq, Tunisia and a few more places.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Friday July 10, 2015, 4:40 pm

Bob - I would ask your Arabic teacher to reimburse the money you paid ... or ... you didn't pay? Is it the little white Dawah Ghost which taught you ...???

"Intifada (انتفاضة intifāḍah) is an Arabic word which literally means "shake" or "shaking", though it is popularly translated into English as "uprising", "resistance", or "rebellion". "


Arild Warud (174)
Sunday July 12, 2015, 3:12 am
I watched BBC last night and the were airing a half hour piece on the childrens trauma after last years war in Gaza,what amazed me was that they gave exactly the same airtime to one Israeli child that was killed by a rocket that was fired from Gaza as they did reporting on the more than 500 Palestinian children that were killed by IOF.
No point of watching BBC anymore,they are just as bad as "Faux Noise" - FREE PALESTINE NOW!

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday July 12, 2015, 2:06 pm

Arild - this doesn't come as a surprise; who said that 1 Jewish life is worth 10'000 Palestinians? There you are ...

Isn't it Bob who keeps telling us that the media are dominated/bought by "Arab PS and Dawah" ...?!?! It seems they failed this time! Funny too that neither CAMERA nor Honest Reporting or any of these "watch groups" see a necessity to chip in and claim bias? Ops - I forgot - they only do this when it comes to "not portraying Israel's cause adequately" ...


Carol R (11)
Sunday July 12, 2015, 2:11 pm
Amazing how Western media does that Arild. An excerpt from Unsilencing Gaza: One year since ‘Operation Protective Edge’ , a wonderful article Jess posted today:

A War of Words

Gaza is a place drowning in euphemisms and the intentional semantic legerdemain that Israel uses to obscure its real intentions. Accompanying every attack, Israel rolls out a carefully considered operational name to evoke relief and comfort, even invoking the Bible: Operation Rainbow in 2004, Summer Rains in 2005, Autumn Clouds in 2006, Cast Lead in 2008, Pillar of Cloud in 2012. Spin-doctors are employed to sell these attacks to the international media in order to sustain them for as long as possible and to make them sound the only reasonable option at the disposable of a restrained and reluctant Israel.

There is no shortage of hasbarists (propagandists) and Israel apologists who invest time and money into defending the indefensible, ready to spring into action as soon as the first bombs fall. [17] Various branches of the Israeli government and military have their own interactive media teams, along with professional graphic designers, attempting to persuade audiences abroad of the righteousness of the campaign.

But imposing Israel’s voice and narrative—or always finding an excuse for whatever crimes the Israeli occupation perpetrates—is not their only mission. They also work to smother and delegitimize the voices of the indigenous Palestinians. As the Palestinian political anthropologist Irene Calis explains:

The dehumanization of native populations within a supremacist social order is not in itself sufficient to maintain an apartheid and settler-colonial regime. Such a regime also involves their criminalization for simply existing—for continuing to be present in the coveted land. This means that resistance, in any form, to the status quo is treated as a criminal offence. [18]

Israel has cultivated myths and narratives that dominate the mainstream of Western discourse, while simultaneously devaluing and delegitimizing those of the indigenous inhabitants it has for so long repressed.

The aim of Israel’s propaganda is to dehumanize the Palestinians and to render their very existence questionable at best, easily disposable at worst, employing ethnocentric and outright racist tropes to make their point—some specific to this particular assault, and others recycled, employed equally against whichever Palestinian party happens to be in power. This was a defensive war, we were told. No country would tolerate rockets raining down on its citizens, we kept hearing. “We were aiming to destroy tunnels…. We do so in a way that minimizes civilian causalities, while our enemies take no such precaution…. They would kill more if they could; it’s not for lack of trying…. We love our children; they use theirs as human shields. But we want a better future for everyone. Their children are victims of terrorist rulers. They store weapons in schools, or under schools, or near schools, and hospitals, and places of worship! Civilian casualties are unavoidable, but it’s not our fault; it’s theirs. We allow them access to our hospitals. We offer them peace, but we have no partner for peace….”

One notable example of a prominent American journalist buying Israel’s line hook, line, and sinker was that of Diane Sawyer, who commented to her viewers in early July 2014, that what they were seeing on some shocking video footage showing badly pulverized homes and their distressed residents was “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can” after “rockets rain[ed] down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” But the footage was not of Israelis or even Israel, but of the aftermath of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza, and a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the smoking debris of a missile-hit home. [19] She later apologized to viewers for the mistake—but the broader message of “vulnerable, beleaguered Israelis reeling from lethal Palestinian rockets” probably lingered. (During the 51 days of war, the Palestinian factions’ generally primitive rockets caused only very limited damage to Israeli civilian structures—the degree of damage to Israeli military targets was subject to strict Israeli censorship and was never reported in the media. Six civilians died in Israel during the fighting, along with 67 members of the IDF. [20])

The Jewish-American scholar-activist Norman Finkelstein has written, “What renders Israel’s abuses unique throughout the world is the relentless effort to justify that which cannot be justified.” [21] We would add that it is the impunity that Israel enjoys in the West and the receptivity there to its propaganda that render Israel unique—not the fact of its propagandizing alone, since all who commit atrocities anywhere in the world are always at pains to justify them.
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