Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Talking Points on Current Violence in Israel/Palestine
Please write, comment, tweet, or call the media on their one-sided coverage of the current violence in Israel/Palestine. Here are some talking points:
U.S. MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE IS HEAVILY BIASED TOWARD ISRAEL.
Whether it's FOX News, CNN, or the New York Times, most U.S. news reflects a right wing Israeli point of view. Ironically, Israeli media, notably Ha'aretz, cover many sides to the story.
NEW YORK TIMES IS PARTICULARLY BIASED.
According to a Jewish Voice for Peace report (http://tellthenyt.org/) over 50% of New York Times headlines have depicted Palestinians as the instigators of violence, while no headlines depicted Israelis as aggressors. Palestinians were referred to as terrorists 41 times, while the term was used four times (including quotes from Palestinians) to refor to violent Israeli actions intended to terrorize Palestinians. The terms "attack/s" or "attackers" were used 110 times to describe Palestinian actions and people, and 17 times to desribe Israelis. This is important since no media organization is more influential in shaping the way American policymakers and news outlets think about Israel and Palestine than the New York Times.
VIOLENCE IN THE REGION IS DISPROPORTIONATE
Eight Jewish Israelis have died in attacks by Palestinians. 64 Palestinians have been killed (as of 10.30.15) by Israeli fire and over 7200 injured, many of whom were only suspected of engaging in violence.
PALESTINIAN FRUSTRATION HAS REACHED A BOILING POINT
Attacks by disaffected Palestinian youth are the inevitable result of decades of occupation, dispossession and state violence.
PALESTINIANS SUFFER MANY KINDS OF VIOLENCE
The emotional violence of humiliation at check points, imprisonment without trial, and seeing one's children snatched from their beds at night by heavily armed soldiers; the violence of words when racist mobs are allowed to roam the streets, or when Palestinian suffering is denied, diminished, or belittled, or when youth are forced to sign confessions in a language they do not understand; the violence against personal property when Palestinian homes, orchards, and water storage tanks are demolished; the violence of the deliberate destruction of critial infrastructure, such as Gaza's electrical grid and water treatment plant during Israeli bombing attacks in 2014; the physical violence of beatings, tear gas, and shooting with live fire; and the sadistic violence of all-out war against a population (in Gaza) that is not allowed any means of escape.
NO CENTRALIZED DIRECTION TO ATTACKS BY PALESTINIAN YOUTH
Knife attacks on Israelis by Palestinian youth are uncoordinated. None of the youth were recruited, indoctrinated, or controlled by others.
PALESTINIAN MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS AND JOURNALISTS TARGETED
The Palestinian Medical Relief Society reports that Israeli security has targeted medical professionals, first aid providers, nurses, and ambulance drivers with live fire and metal bullets. Forty one journalists have been injured.
U.S. COMPLICIT IN THE VIOLENCE AGAINST PALESTINIANS
Under the current arrangement, Israel is receiving $3 billion in U.S. military aid per year, most of which is used to purchace U.S. military hardware such as fighter jets and missle defense systems. The U.S. has offered to increase military aid to Iarael by another $1.5 billion per year to ease tensions over the nuclear deal with Iran. https://www.rt.com/usa/310049-us-military-aid-israel/
WAYS TO SUPPORT A JUST PEACE IN ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Heed the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. Spread the word about the biased news coverage of the current violence. Write to U.S. administration officials. Visit your members of Congress. Sign on-line petitions. Write or tweet questions to presidential candidates during debates. Support campus student groups and faculty who are targeted by right-wing, pro-Israel organizations. Post articles on Facebook and Twitter.
REMEMBER, as in all struggles for justice and human equality, “the oppressor” is not monolithic. Many thoughtful Israelis and American Jews support Palestinian freedom. (Photo courtesy Jewish Voice for Peace)
• 972 http://972mag.com/ (Jewish/Israeli writers who oppose the occupation)
• Ma’an News Agency http://www.maannews.com/
• Ha’aretz http://www.haaretz.com/ (Israel’s liberal newspapter)
• Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/ (U.S. analyses of US foreign policy)
• Electronic Intifada https://electronicintifada.net/ (Independent online news)
• PIAG’s blog www.quakerpiag.blogspot.org
Posted by Helen at 12:27 PM