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we're born with. the great nation exchange at this time on al jazeera. new yorkers are very receptive to al-jazeera because it is such an international city they're very interested in that global perspective that al jazeera provides. a robinson doha the top stories on al-jazeera the first five hours ceasefire around a rebel held on claim to the syrian capital damascus has failed to stop the fighting russia's partial truce was planned to allow aid into eastern and get the injured out. reports. when the bombs
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stop it was time to see what's left of the home day one of the five hour ceasefire brought comfort to the people trapped in besieged east. there's no food or water they always say there's a ceasefire but they come back in the bomb us the situation is pretty bad prices are very high and we did not use money at the shelter no food or water and we do not. close to six hundred people have been killed in the latest onslaught hospitals have been hit and medical supplies are running out of there you know suddenly the airplane came towards us my mother screamed get inside the house i told her i will wait for her and the missiles exploded. as jets roared above both sides accused each other off by leading the truce even. look this is the truce this is the ceasefire this place had fifty women and fifty
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children thank god they left before the airstrikes. ordered by the russian president the syrian government had agreed to hold fire but despite the violations moscow is optimistic about its plan. over the specific humanitarian corridor also have been saved through which aid will be delivered and medical evacuation will be carried out in the opposite direction also billions who are willing to leave will be able to leave in full compliance with the u.n. resolution to fall over. a un force says. the back they can bring out the more than one thousand in urgent medical care but without the consent from all warring sides they still don't have a plan. and assistance. aid agencies including the u.n. are frustrated that since saturday words have not translated into action we are within a day millions distance and miles distance from is that would in the mass unable
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really roll out food medical supplies that are desperately needed to bring to people in the area so this iteration is really highly and satisfactory to say the least there aren't many people in good willing to brave the rough at the crossing and even if they wanted to leave it isn't clear where will they go it was didn't think is the agent you also should get devilishly then we'll be back and you will not bat and you might. be able to reach out for them there's not much faith in promises of help in this damascus suburb under siege for the last five years but even the dead are not exempt from destruction some of a job made out of the era as young there in the turkey syria border afghanistan's government says it will set no preconditions for peace negotiations with the taliban then and when it comes hours after the armed group said it was willing to talk to the united states to try to end the bloodshed in afghanistan south africa's
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parliament has passed a motion allowing the government to take private land without compensation and your president said obama poster has promised to speed up the transfer of land to redress disparities in ownership venezuela's leader nicolas maduro has officially registered himself as a candidate for april's presidential election the opposition is boycotting the vote and calling it a farce but due to his main rivals of other barred from standing against him or they've left the country to avoid detention. the us media reporting the president's close advisor and son in law judge that question has had a security clearance downgraded and other white house aides without the approved clearance will no longer get top level briefings. a court in germany has pasta ruling to allow cities to ban older diesel cars the measures have been imposed to tackle air pollution environmental campaigners have sued dozens of german cities arguing they have a duty to protect health those are the headlines these continues here on al-jazeera
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after the occupation of the american mind at about twenty five minutes by phone now . thanks for him. but you know it's two thousand and fourteen israel launched
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a devastating military took on the gaza strip. over the course of fifty one days is ready to drop twenty thousand tons of explosives that densely populated area the size of the. killing over two thousand palestinians moved in terms of thousands more. the overwhelming majority of these casualties were civilians. being bombarded from the sea and land israel launched at least one hundred sixty strikes on the gaza strip. and there's one less hospital in gaza now israel today latin want for hospital. the sheer scale of the attack spoke outrage and condemnation around the world israel's month long pounding of gaza shocked many people around the world mass demonstrations have been held in many of the world's major cities. but in the united states the story was different polls showed the american people
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holding firm in their support for israel this is the latest you know or see poll the american shows fifty seven percent of those polled say israel's action in gaza justified thirty four percent say unjustified these numbers were striking but they were new of the course of a conflict in which palestinian casualties so far outnumbered israeli casualties the american people have consistently shown from zero sympathy for israelis than for palestinians it's very difficult to force public opinion on any question from the media coverage that people rely on to form opinions and i think the most prevalent lesson from looking at the coverage is that the coverage tends to see this conflict from the israeli side study after study has demonstrated that israeli perspectives dominate american media coverage so by far the most common thing we've heard is that everything comes down to israel's right to defend itself israel is a state that implements its right to defend itself and its citizens it is
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a talking point that is set from the top and by the top i mean from the highest officials government officials who are commenting on this issue which the media obsessive we cover the repeats a man's gotta do what a man's got to do in your country has got to do what the country's got to do we have to defend ourselves in the most recent war in two thousand and fourteen when we looked at mainstream media outlets almost by a margin of three to one israeli spokespeople over represented compared to palestinian spokespeople so almost every time you turned on the screen there was a israeli representative on the screen telling you israel is the one that's in a position of defense it is being attacked and basically israel is saying hey you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that the fuck is flying your head you're allowed to defend yourself add to this the fact that you have american elected officials. also reinforcing israel's right to defend itself as i've said many times israel
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has a right to defend itself against rocket and tunnel attacks from hamas and what gets pushed out of the frame entirely is the fact that out the for almost fifty years palestinians have been systematically dispossessed from their land and the noise of their most basic human rights. pioneers and refugees from the countries of the oppression younger know they are going to a land. they will march to their world view a settlement to build. a world real will respond to palestine and. zionism the nationalist movement that emerged in europe in the late eighteen hundreds was dedicated to the idea that the jewish people of to centuries of living is persecuted minorities within other countries were entitled to state an historic
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palestine the biblical homeland of the jews more than three thousand years before but there was a basic problem with the choice from the start. stein was already on to hundreds of thousands of palestinian arabs who had been living in palestine for centuries. after world war two when the holocaust the situation reached a break point of the muslim the british colonial government made the decision to withdraw and to punish the problem on to the newly created united nations. and nine hundred forty seven u.n. resolution one eight one recommended that palestine be split into two parts jews who are a third of the population would receive fifty six percent of the land palestinians who are two thirds of the population and possess move ninety percent of historic palestine would receive forty four percent these terms were immediately rejected by arab leaders is unfair but in the spring of one hundred forty eight hours honestly
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it is declared israel a state and on the proposed borders anyway triggering the first arab israeli will. get out. early morning. after winning a crushing victory israel took possession of even more land by the time almost this was declared in one hundred forty nine israel controlled seventy eight percent of historic palestine the creation of the new state would be celebrated by israelis as a triumph but to this day it is commemorated by palestinians as the nakba the arabic term for the catastrophe in memory of the hundreds of thousands of palestinians who were driven from their homes to make way for the new jewish state will told approximately seven hundred thousand people more than half of august on its native population were up rooted when there's a lot of sympathy that can be generated i think rightly so for what jewish
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people as a whole have dealt with in western societies and globally because of anti-semitism the question then becomes what is the proper response to that design a stance or is of course statehood and there's many people who would sympathise with that if it was in fact done in a vacuum and if it was in fact done for a people without a land in a land without people the reality is that's just not the way that it happened. there were people here they lost their homes their livelihood their nation their everything this was a nineteenth term that was only three percent palestinian arab and six seven percent jewish how did it suddenly become eighty percent jewish and twenty percent palestinian this was not a normal demographic transition this was a consequence of israel's desire to create a jewish state and to do that it have to get rid of as many palestinians as possible the palestinians use the term catastrophe to speak of the one nine hundred
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forty eight consequences when they lost their land the first time around in sixty seven it was another nakba another catastrophe. in june of nine hundred sixty seven israel won what was perceived as a stunning underdog victory over much larger arab moments during the sixty's. with victory in addition to taking land from egypt and syria israel began to militarily occupy all remaining palestinian territory in the west bank the gaza strip and east jerusalem suddenly all of palestine is now lost we now had no palestinian land left under palestinian control you have a huge palestinian population living as refugees or living under occupation palestinians are governed under military law they are essentially prisoners they are treated as if they were all prisoners of war they have no rights. in the
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immediate aftermath of the sixty seven war the united nations security council post resolution two too food. citing international go forbidding the takeover of territory by war two for two explicitly calling for israel to withdraw its own forces. to this day israel has largely failed to comply not only holding palestinian territory. compass getting additional land and building massive jewish settlement blocks in the west bank in east jerusalem in direct violation of the food geneva convention which expressly forbids states from transferring civilian populations into territory it occupies. in addition israel has established an inter matrix of security control on palestinian land to secure the settlements including checkpoints the prevent palestinians from travelling freely within their own land and a four hundred forty mile security bow along the israeli border that cuts into palestinian territory if you're one of the millions of palestinians living under occupation
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this is what the complicates of out but one of the most stunning things is how this story the story basically just drops out and is that you hear over and over again that it's israel that surrounded israel is surrounded israel surrounded surrounded it's israel the sun the siege and under threat you described a very small land mass and you know you're dealing with hamas and hezbollah and iran and so on i would like that it's a tough neighborhood the imagery here is so powerful that it's almost impossible to have a rational discussion about the legitimate grievances of palestinians hamas is a terror group and it is committed to killing jews and wiping israel off the face of the earth that's not debatable that's a fact none of this is by accident this is the result that with the liberal effort to shape american perceptions of the conflict a propaganda effort that really begins to take shape with israel's invasion of lebanon in one thousand nine hundred two. israel on least another massive air
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attack on palestinian guerrilla targets in lebanon today from a sky full of israeli jets bombing bombing. and the summer of one thousand nine hundred two israel invaded neighboring lebanon in an attempt to drive the palestinian liberation organization out of its income and some southern border with israel what's an israeli army doing here in beirut the answer is that we are now dealing with an imperial israel which is solving its problems in someone else's country world opinion be damned the israeli invasion of lebanon in one thousand nine hundred two was a watershed it was israel breaking out beyond its immediate region to aggressively attack another country and it was a bit of a shock to many people in the interests of self-defense that gallant little underdog israel as suddenly started behaving like a neighborhood bully by the time the war was over the israeli military would kill seventeen thousand lebanese and palestinians and the other thirty thousand almost
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all of them civilians and when they were over twenty injured you become a wide. only earthquake across three. hundred other facilities. just a few months later american media coverage would take an even there's been another horrendous turn of events in the middle east hundreds of men women and children perhaps as many as a thousand people and all have been massacred into palestinian refugee camps in west beirut israel's lebanese allies operating with the consent of the israeli government that massacred several thousand palestinian civilians in the refugee camps of supper. and american news media at the pictures to prove it by all appearances groups of men had been ordered to stand against the wall and then gunned down in cold blood. today allah still you finally for all your. knowledge of our children one where they're killing our family this was
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a game changer in terms of how israel was going to deal with the question of publicity they went on the offensive for the first time they wrecked our implicit accusation that the i.d.f. bear any blame for ever. tragedy english. are entirely baseless and without any foundation. the government of israel rejects them with which they deserve. two years after the lebanon invasion the american jewish congress sponsored a conference in jerusalem to devise a formal public relations strategy known in hebrew as as. participants included p.r. and advertising executives media specialists journalists and leaders of major jewish groups the primary aim of the conference was to develop strategies to spin unpopular israeli policies and to counter negative press coverage by shaping the
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media frame in advance. doesn't just jump into a camera conference delegates it's directed it's managed it's made excessive. israel based advertising executive martin fenton would put it in even more blunt terms propaganda is not a dirty word he said face it we are in the game of changing people's minds but making them think differently to come push that we need propaganda. after lebanon you start to see the basic has prostrated your action images of palestinians fighting back against israel's occupation make their way onto american television screens and the israeli military crushes this resistance in brutal ways that undercut israel's image as underdog and victim. three helicopter gunships deliberately fired a missile into the crowd to civilians last night killing seven palestinians mooning seventy more. then israeli officials going to full house ramos and that occupation
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doesn't even exist in framing all palestinian resistance as terrorism and israeli aggression as self-defense the palestinian terror campaign continues it only justifies again and again that we israel have to continue and defend ourselves. and so this becomes the framing of the situation israel is defending itself which means israel is not the aggressor here that doesn't square with the reality on the ground and we know that you have a right to defend yourself you don't have a right to occupy people deny them their human rights and then cry foul when they resist that's not the right to self-defense that's the right to repression that's what israel is asking for here let us do away with these dissenters these palestinian dissenters and call it defense and when you look today at how the media cover the conflict you see just how successful israel's propaganda has been in reversing the legacy of lebanon if there's any complaints and there should be about
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civilian deaths that they belong to the responsibility and the blame belongs with one place hamas i don't think anyone should get that wrong the israeli position is the first position they are allowed to to determine the narrative determine the facts on the ground hamas is a terror organization committed to our destruction they fire thousands of rockets at our cities the dominant narrative in the media coverage then israel is retaliating for an attack. it has suffered israel says the barrage of rockets is in retaliation to the seven hundred fifty rockets fired from gaza we know this is all retaliation for hamas firing rockets into israel which is the dominant media story of our time what we've seen is really another kind of occupation by nakia patient of american media and what we could call the american mind bry pro israel narrative that's the fact that attention away from what virtually everyone recognizes as the best way to resolve this conflict and the occupation and the settlements so the
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palestinians can finally have a slate of their own is. the prime minister of israel the president of the united states. the ongoing peace process that began with the oslo peace accords in one thousand nine hundred three was designed to negotiate the terms of israel's withdrawal from palestinian territory in accordance with un resolution two forty two which made an explicit connection between israeli withdrawal and the just and lasting peace. the census flow israel has actually taken more palestinian land for its jewish only settlements in one hundred ninety three there were approximately two hundred thousand illegal jewish settlers living in the occupied palestinian territories since then that number has more than tripled with approximately six hundred fifty thousand settlers now living in the west bank in east jerusalem so if you look at the result not the words and the pretty phrases what's happened over the past twenty years and most nor graded oslo
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was not a peace process it was an annexation process what has happened is that now one in eleven israeli jews live in these illegal sounds so the failure to confront the solomon enterprise from the very beginning i think has created a almost insuperable obstacle to the creation of a palestinian state that there's no place to put it we're we're talking about here is something that is completely indefensible israel knows this israel knows this very well and for that reason wants to talk about anything and everything else they'd rather talk about terrorism they'd rather talk about security we're willing to make great concessions for peace. but there is something that i will never compromise on and that is real security the reason they've been able to so effectively change the subject isn't because they're practicing some kind of mass mind control the main reason is that the us government itself has had
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a vested interest in promoting this same narrative for almost fifty years now this goes back to the start of the so-called special relationship with israel in the late one nine hundred sixty s. when the u.s. decides to deputize israel and make it what the next administration called a cop on the beat to protect american interests in the middle east especially u.s. energy supplies ever since the american government has continued to give israel roughly three billion dollars a year military aid while also vetoing one u.n. resolution after another condemning the occupation of settlements the challenge is to make sure that the american people stay on board with the u.s. aid despite what israel is doing a number of well funded public relations organizations have emerged within the united states to help israel just suppose purposes especially the occupation and settlements on security grounds one of these groups you see israel project in two thousand and nine israel project turn to conservative poster and rebranding expert frank luntz to determine which talking points used by israeli and u.s.
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officials over time at the most effective in maintaining american sympathy for israel once wrote up his recommendations in a two thousand and nine report called the global language dictionary if you want to understand how the propaganda works especially in the u.s. you need to read the luntz document is really clear that the occupation and especially the settlements are a problem and he points the polls that show a large majority of americans actually think that israel should retreat to the sixty seven borders in fact he says when you talk about land in terms of sixty seven you completely flip american sentiment against you. but and this is the solution if you bring up the danger of terrorism you win back the support the key says is the claim that the fight is over ideology not land about terror not territory in fact these three words terror not territory summarize the basis of the propaganda campaign of the us and lots goes on to say the one of the most effective
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ways to make the conflict about terrorism is to refer to an obscure political document written in one thousand eight. but of course for the destruction of israel even though the hamas leadership effectively disown the charter a long time ago it's been p.r. gold for israel launch research has discovered that when americans hear the words of the charter israel goes from bully to victim and sympathy for the plight of the palestinians this equates so he says don't just quote it read it out loud again and again and his advice has been taken up often hysterically by israel's advocates the hamas charter not only cost resources structures ladies and gentlemen article seventy calls for the murder of every jew it cost for the murder of every jew it's a nazi document we have the israeli prime minister saying movements like the mass
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that are national movements are the same thing as isis hamas is like isis hamas is like al qaeda hamas is like hezbollah hamas is like a book all around and they are completely not the same things from us it is as much a nationalist movement. as leaders and a religious movement and front. off from the science priority to its nationalist drones over its religious grounds. this false notion of trauma is part of the skull prado network is not bought even by a working elements of the american military in two thousand and ten the united states central command though centcom the highest military command in the us issued a classified report the question the current us policy of isolating and marginalizing ham ass as well as has blair in lebanon the report described the two groups is pragmatic and argued that putting them in al qaeda in the same sentence
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as if they're all the same is just stupid and the us military isn't alone in this assessment isis itself is attacked a mosque again and again because i'm not a radical enough bit to pragmatic and to compromise. i spent a lot of time on my radio program going over a hamas is charter what it says it wants to obliterate israel it wants to destroy the jews it is a sick twisted you know perverted ideology and it manifests itself in different forms muslim brotherhood islamic jihad hamas hezbollah i says al-qaeda you know it's all the same thing meanwhile you hear next to nothing about another extreme political charter that is much more relevant to the conflict the platform the ruling the crude party in israel. the environment doesn't know any boundaries what goes up into the environment goes around the world. the sights are pushed on grounds that it's
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a very modern way to do. and we've made poisons the measure of progress. the domestic relations. we're going to. do a lot. of points this time on al jazeera. the nature news as it breaks. is a sense of the new hope with us president enjoys twice that he'll with details coverage they are dodging distractions that appear to be hurting president to manage the mideast peace crisis from around the world over one hundred thirty one thousand people are registered in the south korean database for separated family. violence and discrimination are all too familiar to many women in india
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a reality too often reinforced by bollywood. but it's leading star is throwing his weight behind the cause. they're looking to build their jewelry and using his celebrity to advocate for gender equality. is snake charmers on a con witness at this time either. i'm rob matheson in doha the top stories on odyssey are the first five hours ceasefire around a rebel held on clay near the syrian capital damascus has failed to stop the fighting russia's partial truce was planned to allow aid into east and go to and to get the injured out hundreds of people have died in ten days of bombardment by syrian and russian forces. there's no food or water they only say there's
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a cease fire they come back and inform us the situation is really bad and i see the video we did not have money at the shelter he's no food or water and we do not feel . afghanistan's government says it will set a no preconditions for peace negotiations with the taliban announcement comes hours after the armed group said it was willing to talk to the united states to try to end the bloodshed in afghanistan south africa's parliament has passed a motion allowing the government to take private land without compensation new presidents it'll run oppose has promised to speed up the transfer of land to redress disparities in ownership venezuela's leader nicolas maduro has officially registered himself as a candidate for april's presidential election the opposition is boycotting the vote and calling it a farce materials main rivals are the barred from standing against him all they've
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left the country to avoid detention your eyes media reporting the president's close adviser and son in law job of course now has had his security clearance downgraded and other white house aides without the approved clearance will no longer get top level briefings. a court in germany has passed a ruling to allow cities to ban older diesel cause the measures have been imposed to tackle air pollution environmental campaigners have sued dozens of german cities arguing they have a duty to protect public health the decision could have major implications for carmakers and germany which is europe's largest car market and injection popstar has been sentenced to six months in jail for the joke about the climb in this of the nile river she apologized after a video appeared of her laughing with fans in lebannon in august she said drinking water from the nile could give people power sites judges accused her of spreading fake news she's free on bail pending an appeal those are the headlines now let's
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get you back to the occupation of the american mind by for now.
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the hamas charter not only cost results the structures ladies and gentlemen because for the murder of every jew it's a nazi document meanwhile you hear next to nothing about another extreme political charter that has much more relevance to the conflict the platform of the ruling party in israel. well if you look at the language that's in that charter the likud charter it flatly rejects quote flatly rejects the existence of a palestinian state anywhere anywhere on that side of the jordan river in other words completely denying the right of a state of palestine to exist that's far more relevant to have language like the language in the liquid charter be in the charter of a party that is the largest in israeli government driving an israeli state and has
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the capacity to act upon the words in their charter in a way that no other party does to strengthen the case that the conflict is about turn to some and not turn a tree once points to the effectiveness of another one a step just israelis talking point the claim that israel gave up control of gaza in two thousand and five in hopes of achieving peace and a two state solution and go to rockets in return we left gaza completely we had gaza and they could have turned it into a floor sharing wonderful place to live and look at one thing they turned into a haven of coming from all over the world it's completely untrue that israel left the the gaza strip they did withdraw their colonists but at the same time they tie in their control over the gaza strip this is gaza's main freight route into israel and normally this road would be bumper to bumper with heavily laden trucks but it's completely closed as is every other border crossing in the country nothing's coming
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into gaza and nothing is getting out so the idea that israel left is one hundred percent gaza it remains occupied who can come and go is totally at the israeli discretion in gaza there are constant military attacks by the israeli air force by drones. targeted assassinations go on all the time it wasn't really a withdrawal but the conventional shorthand in the media is that. israel was unwilling to give up an enormous amount to the palestinian side and the palestinians responded with violent israel for since nine hundred sixty seven controlled gaza they gave it to the palestinians in a gesture of peace and all they got a bunch of rockets are you think that this is the basic frame of israel's p.r. campaign make sure the media is those focused on terrorism and a mosque extremism as a source of the conflict not the occupation and the settlements if you want to see
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this in operation just look at the coverage of any of israel's many attacks on gaza over the past few years. the scale and intensity of this attack was surprising the deadliest operation against palestinians in decades after an intense three week thirteen hundred day five thousand wounded. and i december of two thousand and eight israel launched operation coast let the massive ground assault on the gaza strip in force at least this popular video over a period of three weeks israeli military truck to the six hundred tons of bombs on go so it isn't clear yet how many civilians in the fourteen hundred postings were killed and thousands more injured the wounded were carried on corrugated iron. and private cars. and bets on you know. the worst one
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day casualty toll in gaza anybody. normally in a conflict civilians can run for their lives as it was one of the few if not the only modern conflict where the helpless civilians who were subjected to massive technologically advanced firepower by the israelis had no escape route with gaza city bombed and burning palestinians heeded israel's warning to get out of the way but found they had nowhere to go it was a brutal murders devastating this attack was murders if you asked any american who was at war started they would say because the palestinians are not firing rockets at israel what are the goals of that operation right now to change totally do behavior of the from us is that. they keep shelling. thousands of. what this forget is that for the latter half of two thousand and
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eight there was a very successful cease fire that curtailed rocket fire into israel dramatically almost to the point in which there was not this was shattered in. november of two thousand when israel attacked what they said was a tunnel building project killed six hamas militants at that point the ceasefire was off when hamas regime rocket attacks off the israel broke the ceasefire israeli officials went on american television and got away with blaming a mosque for breaking the cease fire you know it was you know actually tore up the cease fire understandings it was a mess that is going to the violence that reached a crescendo on christmas day when we had in one twenty four hour period some eighty rockets mortar shells and missiles coming into israel attacking our civilians now we want to work with the palestinian government the law i was then repeated uncritically by u.s. news media games there's no question here is there that hamas started this well look i don't think israel had any choice it was
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a ceasefire that was broken by hamas they fired something like three hundred rockets in the israel i mean this is an act of war what are they supposed to do let's compare this to how the media outside the u.s. dealt with us in to the fact that during the cease fire not a single israeli was killed and the reason for that was because i'm not five not a single rocket no i think you all wrong unfortunately because during that cease fire of six months no foreign group it's on a daily basis on channel four in britain you saw in ankara presenting evidence that these ready government itself acknowledged that hamas of the ceasefire was actually a document that's given to journalists by the israeli government and in this document it says and i'm quoting how mass was careful to maintain the cease fire israel officially recognized until it broke the ceasefire from austin for a single rocket of the propaganda is so full that these truisms literally truisms are almost an expression of the lesson is that this conflict started when we say it started and we say it started when israel was attacked. in two thousand and
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twelve and again in two thousand and four this was devastating attacks on on goes. once again showed that americans remain firmly on israel's side. that. israel can saturate the media with spokespeople but there's still the problem of massive palestinian casualties showing up on television screens. here again the lunts document spells out which talking points have been most effective in spinning the brutal reality of palestinian casualties he says the first thing the pro israeli spokespeople should do is express empathy for the innocent victims unfortunately innocents do get hurt and we we really grieve that we're sad for their real soon and casualties the entire situation is tragic then luntz tells
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people spokespeople to turn the tables and ask the american people what would you do. so what would you do in the united states do you imagine. what america would do if you were facing a similar threat we always try to ask you'll do question what we you'll do what would you do what would you do if more than three thousand rockets have been fought in your cities what would you do three thousand rockets what would you do if terrorists were tunneling under your front year what would you do if three kids are kidnapped because of a tunnel network what sort of question is this of course anybody would act to defend themselves against unprovoked aggression but it is a question that is completely devoid of any context when massive numbers of palestinian civilians predictably die from israeli attacks israel claims it's part of a deliberate hamas gravity to drum up sympathy. telegenic dead palestinians for their cause they want the more dead the better so they end up in this upside
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down orwellian world where israelis killing civilians becomes an unforgivable transgression against israelis it is hard to come away with any feeling but that we are in the midst of a world gone mad last week i found a quote of many years ago by a gold mine here one of israel's early leaders which might have been said yesterday we can forgive the arabs for killing our children she said but we can never forgive them for forcing us to kill their children it's not difficult to imagine americans identifying with palestinians who are suffering but they need to be able to see that suffering on their television screens in their newspapers. these whales say today it's a new offensive he's targeting terrorists and when your sense of the coverage is that there is something that these people did to deserve this or that they are affiliated with terrorists and terrorist minded governments the fallout of that is
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an inability to identify with people who are suffering in far greater numbers in far greater proportion than their israeli counterparts. they have it to shape american perceptions of the israeli palestinian conflict has been taken up by a number of pro israel groups based in the us together these groups are commonly referred to as the israel lobby. nowhere has the power to shape a pro israel in the richest move physical than in the u.s. congress. to the efforts of one of the most influential lobbying groups working on capitol hill today the american israel public affairs committee better known as apec. it is great to see so many good friends from all across the gulf will. be more than. people. and apex annual conference draws nearly ten thousand attendees from around
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the country including the most influential members of both houses of congress for both coaches it would be very hard for ordinary americans to know that they're being deceived that some very competent experts at spin management are in fact deluding them there are many reasons for this one of them is that the american political class has basically swallowed the line aucoin and sinker they keep getting rocket attack after rocket attack and then they're criticized for human rights problems because they defend themselves this is particularly true for republicans but responding mr speaker to attacks on their civilian population i mean what is it that they want what we know what they want they want israel obliterated from the map mr speaker but it's also true for many democrats we stand with our ally we stand with the democratic state of israel we stand against terrorism this is ministration well always stand up for
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israel's right to defend itself. they made the mistake of actually leaving a pax facts address on one bill that was actually laid before congress and of course nobody was apparently barrus that that in fact writes the legislation for them or writes their speeches for them doesn't seem to in the least bother you there's nothing happening here that secret or under the table it's not a cabal it's not a conspiracy it is in fact domestic politics the way it's packed. here in the united states there are roughly three dozen or so pro israel pacs that give money over the last fifteen or twenty years they've given fifty five sixty million dollars in american elections there are one or two arab american pacs and i believe last time i looked they've given you know eight hundred thousand to a million so you've got fifty five million dollars of pac contributions on one side and you've got maybe a million at most on the other side the actual views of most people in the american jewish community quinta every poll diverge greatly from the extreme right wing neo
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conservative views of the entire establishment leadership of that community most people in the jewish community are much more liberal they're against settlement they're against occupation they want two state solution and there are some key elements of what we call the israel lobby that aren't jewish so-called christian zionists evangelical christians in america have become israel's star just ally in an increasingly hostile world and the united states roughly the third of the population believes that every word of the bible is literally true if the bible is literally true then the land of israel was promised to the jews by god they have every right to take it from surfer's listen closely those of you listening in the liberal media. the jewish people are now saying the land of israel . the land of this is really. one of the problems with the influence israel lobby
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has in the united states now is it has been hard for government officials to have an honest discussion just look what happened to president obama when he made the mistake of simply saying out loud what the international consensus is we believe the borders of israel and palestine should be based on the nine hundred sixty seven lines with mutually agreed swaps. so that secure and recognized borders are established for both states it didn't matter that obama was just repeating what had been official u.s. policy that decades or the right wing president ronald reagan that said essentially the same thing in the one nine hundred eighty s. an even stronger language u.n. resolution to forward to remains wholly valid as the foundation stone of america's middle east peace effort it is the united states' position that in return for peace the withdrawal provision of resolution two forty two applies to all fronts including the west bank and gaza when obama said if he was a media the accused by right wing groups of setting up israel for another holocaust
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as president obama abandon israel after strong support by eleven consecutive american presidents it appears obama has moved sharply toward israel's enemies and the results could be disastrous the leader of hezbollah has vowed to finish the job it was started up till now america's strong backing of israel made that impossible but with obama's waffling could a second holocaust be. it's a pretty ingenious tactic how you supposed to have a rational discussion about the occupation when pro israel extremists call the sixty seven borders the exporters. these are the two alternatives he had now switching to supporting israel because israel was in fact created in the wake of the holocaust isn't that extraordinary that the two would be that way i have a problem with the idea of splitting the link and using the six million jews and almost in my mind it's like saying and frankly we want the occupation to continue we are a nation that rose from the ashes of the holocaust. when we say never again we mean
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never again. i see a lot of manipulation. about the victims. the sense of victimhood and i'm a child of survivors a local survivor so i'll be the last one to underestimate the importance of history and the history of persecution of jews in the israeli palestinian context but doesn't mean that jews now in israel go every day and think about auschwitz adult there are watchdog groups that keep track of what different media organizations publish or broadcast and if they're not happy about it they either publish their own attacks they organize consumer boycotts the media outlets don't see the pushback from the other side they don't see the upside to standing up for for their own reporting so i think in most cases they cave look at how american media covered
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israel's two thousand and fourteen attack on gaza the keyword search of all the major networks showed that over the course of the fifty one day a sort of israel's ongoing military siege on blockade of gaza will barely mention compared to the thousands of times a mass rocket attacks on israel were mentioned but the silence of mainstream media across the board on these issues hasn't stopped right wing pro israel advocates with zero evidence making exactly the opposite claim that the us news media bends over backwards so humanize palestinians demonizing israel consistently the times says present any story that with the tray israel sympathetically and of course there's no greater weapon in the attack austin or than equating critical coverage of israel's policies with anti-semitism any fair minded person falls out in syria knows it's anti american and anti semitic there it is your splitting jewish man correct yes i am it doesn't it doesn't come more into semantic knowledge they would they wouldn't they would do violence to you who is going to. and listen al jazeera
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we let run the network we were violently i hardly think so bruton article in which he explained to american troops what their covers hundred percent of possible criticism so used to be i was always called the self hating jew and and everybody like me was called the self hating two i am now not only a self hate into but they also call me an anti-semite how i was by for jewish grandparents i'm still an anti-semite my wife was born in a displaced persons camp in germany and i'm an anti-semite look i've done dozens of interviews which begin from the terrorism departure point but when given an opportunity to actually speak and present a different perspective that can dissolve rather quickly is hamas a terrorist organization. do i get to actually speak now and you get to answer the question it's a simple yes or no question is how long are you invited to join on here is a mosque whose charter calls for the destruction of israel is that
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a terrorist organization that's a yes or no question thank you for your question find larry telling to me that and it should be telling to your viewers as well by the way that the moment you have a palestinian voice on your program who begins to explain the legitimate grievances of power is not lost a terrorist organization let me say that so let me question what part of this can you get through your thick head i think is hamas a terrorist organization and yet you say more no the only thing that you're going to say is what we want you to say and if you don't say it when i go let you speak our media operations national media is a scandal when it comes to israel i look at the u.k. with all its deficit and there's real debate for example there is this anchor called john snow channel four in the u.k. and he interview with mark greg and he grilled him with questions grilled mark record of how does killing children on a beach contribute to that purpose what was the point of bombing the l waffle
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hospital for goodness sake there are grave problems certainties about whether you are acting within the law. oh yes you are deliberately targeting the neighborhoods in which you know there are women and children you've tried everything with guns or you besieged it for seven years the people live in intolerable and ghastly life and you know that better than anybody why don't you try one other thing talking why not talk why not be brave and talk directly with them why not i can never see this in america i never seen anything like this in the united states while the mainstream propaganda system is operating the same as it always has there are definite signs that its control is starting to unravel over just the past few years the proliferation of social media and internet news sources this made it increasingly difficult for the israeli government and pro israel groups in the u.s. to manage american perceptions of the conflict. video footage and reporting from the ground bearing witness to the reality of the occupation are now more accessible
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than ever on the internet. at the same time a powerful new movement has been gaining momentum and raising awareness of the occupation. while activists from the black lives matter move and have been making explicit connections between police violence against african-americans in the israeli military's repression of palestinians we stand next to people who continue to courageously struggle to resist the occupation people continue to dream and fight for freedom. from ferguson to power. the struggle for freedom continues and all of these developments seem to be having an effect those now show that while sympathy for israel remains at all time highs among americans it has been hemorrhaging among young people despite the efforts of the lobby something really striking is taking place and pro israel operatives like frank luntz are in a panic in his latest report he calls what's happening with young people a disaster. as the discourse begins to open
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more people are starting to understand this as a rights based issue not an issue of radicalism this is a movement for the rights of people whose rights are being denied who are living under occupation who want to live in their country freely just like anybody else let's just get away from the fall of jesus and talk about the reality and then maybe be able to persuade people that they should not any longer give their unwavering support to our nation engaged in a policy that's not just inhumane and brutal but ultimately suicidal. given the central role that the united states plays in backing israel seems to me americans all americans have a right to question the to kill or israeli policies and in particular the prolonged occupation the fact that the palestinian people have been kept without
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a state and without any political rights for decades now in the end this comes down to a battle for the minds of american people a battle over the stories they told to make sense of this conflict about global perception the more americans are able to see the reality of occupation with their own eyes to see images of routine daily violence of the repression and the never make their way into mainstream news the more they'll question the image of israel as this tiny little david up against the bullying our. and start to wonder if it's actually the outcome palestinians who might be the real davids here. and that's thoughts becoming the dominant perception here in the u.s. opec's or off it all comes down to american public perception.
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hello it hasn't rained for two days now in kentucky but unfriend the ohio river is doing flood so a satellite picture shows that running out of the way it shows rather more active weather down in california in fact this is sacramento when the sun is places and it doesn't often see snow and this isn't snow this was significant well probably more than one it very much looks like snow almost treated as such but now it's thought that was big hair showers there maybe a few more in the next few hours as the storm potential as so we sat across arizona to new mexico and then we see daylight hours once again and rain is reformulate texas and spreading up through towards the ohio valley not
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a good sign warmth and motion base together here the colors more or less gone away but we have got more winter coming in down the pacific coast i mean that's a pretty good spread of wind again down through the cascades and the rockies and just inland from san francisco possibly sacramento seems unlikely but this is the trouble i'm afraid that circulation not from a sheet far away from chicago suggests yet more heavy rain in the area that still flooded which is i hire valley and then dropping back down to rock and soul more or less but more specifically into eastern texas. the scene for us where on line what is american sign in yemen that peace is always possible but it never happens not because the situation is complicated but because no one cares or if you join us on set there are people that are choosing between
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