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10:59 am, March 31st, 2018 - 28 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, International, israel, journalism, Media, Politics, Propaganda, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: gaza, israel, protest
Ahmed Abu Artema used his facebook page (it does have good uses!) to call for a mass act of civil disobedience called “the Great Return March”. In response, some tens of thousands of Palestinians participated in a rally next to the Gaza Israeli border. Apparently, the idea was that “Palestinian refugees living in Gaza will set up tents near the border and move gradually — and peacefully — closer.” The encroachment was or is to play out over six weeks and climax on May 15 (the 70th anniversary of the state of Israel)
Before the day of protest, Greenblatt the US Envoy sent to negotiate an end to the Israeli Palestine conflict tweeted…
Hamas is encouraging a hostile march on the Israel-Gaza border. Hamas should focus on desperately needed improvements to the lives of Palestinians in Gaza instead of inciting violence against Israel that only increases hardship & undermines chances for peace.
Ahmed Abu Artema who initiated proceedings on his facebook page lives in Israel and is not a member of Hamas.
In the event, peaceful protesters were shot dead.
Some Israeli sources have been scathing, but it appears most western media is accommodating the official Israeli narrative and reporting on violent protests – not violence being visited upon peaceful civil disobedience. At the bottom of this post is a link to a video of the day that runs for over an hour. I’ve not watched it all, but what I have watched, shows children and adults gathering peacefully. And teargas and stretchers rushing wounded people away from the area.
All of the above comes from Robert Mackay’s piece at The Intercept. It’s worth taking the time to read thoroughly and chasing through the links provided.
Here are some western headlines and snippets. Stuff talks of “clashes” and has photos of youths deploying sling shots. The Guardian is definitely measured and probably merely guilty of bending over backwards to achieve some mythical “balance” in its report. The New York Times headlines talk of “confrontations” – as though there are two culpable sides and has video of a young lad in burning grass using a sling shot.
I think there will be a lot of negative fall-out for Israel over coming days and weeks. There comes a moment in all processes of oppression when something breaks and continuing with oppressive policy is no longer a viable option. This may be the breaking. Time will tell.
Here’s the linked one hour and fifteen minute video from Walid Mahmoud’s facebook page. I guess I’d suggest watching it and holding it up to news reports and deciding for yourself where the likely truth or accuracy lies. Media generally reflects the interests of the powerful, and when media can no longer spin their side of the story successfully, then power shifts its stance.