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what jewish 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 the zionist answer 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 in one thousand term there 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 have to get rid of as many palestinians as possible the palestinians use the term catastrophe to speak of the one nine hundred forty
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eight consequences when they lost their land the first time around in sixty seven it was another not another catastrophe. in june of nine hundred sixty seven israel won or was perceived as a stunning underdog victory of a much larger arab moments during the sixty. three in addition to taking down 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 had a huge palestinian population living as refugees are 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-prison lucian to food to citing international go forbidding the takeover of territory by war to food to explicitly call for israel to withdraw its forces. to this day israel has largely failed to comply not only holding palestinian territory. compass gauging additional london building massive jewish settlement blocks in the west bank in east jerusalem in direct violation of the food geneva convention which expressly forbid 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 that prevent palestinians from traveling 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 they saw the story basically just drops out and instead 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 thought 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 unleashed another massive air
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attack on palestinian guerrilla targets in lebanon today from the sky. israeli jets bombing bombing. and the summer of nine hundred eighty two israel invaded neighboring lebanon in an attempt to drive the palestinian liberation organization out of its income on 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 and suddenly started behaving like a neighborhood bully by the time the war was over the israeli military would to seventeen thousand lebanese and palestinians but not the thirty thousand almost all
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of them civilians and went over one hundred you become allies ever think only her. right to recruit others. just a few months later american media coverage would take an even delicate 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. it is a policy you frantically corelate. we took our children one for. killing our
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family this was 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 director implicit accusation that the i.d.f. bear any blame for ever. tragedy in the shit you look at are entirely baseless and without any foundation. the government of israel rejects them with a contempt which they deserve. two years of to the. jewish congress sponsored conference and. public relations strategy. 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 the negative press coverage by shaping
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the media frame in advance. doesn't just jump into a camera conference delegates it's directed it's managed it's made accessible 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 levanon you start to see the basic has prostrated you know action images of palestinians fighting back against israel's occupation make their way onto american television screens and israeli military crushes this resistance in brutal ways that undercut israel's image as underdog and victim. draining a helicopter gunships deliberately fired a missile into the crowd a civilians last night killing seven palestinians in the morning and seventy more. then israeli officials going to full house ramos and that occupation doesn't even
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exist them 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. 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 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 unoccupied asian of american media and what we could call the american mind bry pro israel narrative that's the flecked of 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 state of their own. is. that the prime minister of israel the president of the united states of the the on the in 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 a just and lasting peace. essential as though israel has actually taken more post a new land for its jewish only settlements in one thousand nine hundred 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
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what's happened over the past twenty years and most nor graded oslo 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 this on an enterprise from the very beginning i think has created a almost insuperable obstacle to the creation of a palestinian state there's no place to put it what 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 israel's 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 u.s. government itself has had
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a vested interest in promoting the 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 us 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
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frank luntz to determine which talking points used by israeli and u.s. officials over time at the most effective in maintaining american sympathy for israel luntz 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 a solution if you bring up the danger of terrorism you win back the support. the key 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 in the us and loves goes on to say the one of the most
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effective ways to make the conflict about terrorism is to refer to an obscure political document written in one thousand nine hundred eight by small group of ideologues the hamas charter that calls 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. luntz 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 place so he says don't just quote it read it out loud again and again. and his advice has been taken up often historically by israel's advocates the hamas charter not only cost results the structures ladies and gentlemen article seven paulse for the murder of every jew it calls for the murder of every jew it's a nazi document we have the israeli prime minister saying movements like
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a mass at our national movements are the same thing as isis hamas is like isis hamas is like al qaeda hamas is like hezbollah hamas is like boko haram and they are completely not the same things from us it is as much a nationalist movement. as leaders and a religious movement and from the off from those signs priority to its nationalist groans over its religious grounds. this false notion of trauma is part of this all pro don't network is not bought even by militants for the american military in two thousand and ten the united states central command was sent to comb the highest military compound in the u.s. if you testified report the question the current u.s. policy of isolating and marginalizing how mass as well as has played in lebanon the report described the two groups as pragmatic and argued that putting them in now
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cater in the same sentence as if they're all the same is just stupid and the us military isn't alone in this assessment. isis itself has attacked the mosque again and again because i'm not radical enough there to pragmatic and to compromise and 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 isis al-qaeda you know it's all the same thing meanwhile you hear next to nothing about another extreme political charter that has much more relevance to the conflict the platform the ruling the crude party in israel. how if you change since you listen i've been.
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becomes a life sentence. zero world hears from three palestinian women whose lives have been dictated by their relationships with men in prison. wedding on hold on al-jazeera. i'm kemal santamaria with another look at the headlines for you on al-jazeera four palestinians have been killed in israeli airstrikes on the gaza strip after palestinian fighters fired dozens of rockets into southern israel. those killed included a pregnant mother and her fourteen month old child turkey's government says the
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strike also hit a building housing the turkish state media outlet and dollar agency the ferrite comes despite a shaky truce which was brokered by egypt and the u.n. last month in other news north korea has just released pictures of its leader kim jong un inspecting rocket launches from the country's east coast state media called it a strike drill team has also told his troops to be on alert south korea's president expressed serious concern over saturday's launch however the u.s. president don't trump tweeted that kim jong un doesn't want to break the promises made to him referring to commitments to denuclearization meanwhile the u.s. is again sending mixed messages regarding the crisis in venezuela after speaking to president vladimir putin this week donald trump downplayed any russian involvement in venezuela but then on saturday his secretary of state contradicted him last month i visited colombia and saw firsthand the misery the murderers created with the russians and cubans help. these same scenes of desperation are playing out all
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across venezuela they must and the time for transition is now the youngest brother of algeria's ousted president has been arrested syed beautifully care had been algerians defacto rulers since abilities but the figures suffered a stroke and twenty thirteen two former intelligence chiefs have also been taken into custody weeks of protests forced to resign last month after he attempted to run for a fifth term syrian and russian government forces are continuing to strike rebel factions in that province in what is meant to be a deescalation zone it is twenty two people have been killed the fighting is forcing thousands of people from their homes many of whom have already been displaced and a massive cleanup is underway in eastern india after cyclon funny hit on friday the response by india's disaster management teams of come in for praise from the united nations these twelve people were killed after the extreme storm battered odisha state it has now weakened and is over bangladesh news hour in about twenty five
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minutes time we're back now to the occupation of the american mind. it's the cheapest rail service in the deal congo the largest country in sub-saharan africa the swallow crosses half the country from lubumbashi to a labor. it's the only link between remote villages and the outside world. the swallow has been around for more than fifty years like a local bus it stops a virtually every station passengers clamber the remaining seats people cram into whatever space they can find. nearly two thousand people all together three times the officially permitted capacity for those who want able to find a place or who can't afford a ticket there's always the roof. travelers have to remain alert a lapse in attention could be fatal. the danger comes not just from above. even at
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the moderate speed of thirty kilometers an hour a tree branch can cut like a machete. the hamas charter not only cost results destructions ladies and gentlemen it cost for the murder of every jew it's a nazi thought to me meanwhile you're here next to nothing about another extreme political charter that is much more relevance to the conflict the platform of the ruling the crude 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 turning to some and not turn a tree once points to the effectiveness of another world established israeli talking point to 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 guns so they could have turned it into a floor sharing wonderful place to live and look at one thing they turned into a haven of terrorists coming from all over the world it's completely untrue that israel left 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
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nothing's coming 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 with force 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 is this is the basic frame of israel's p.r. campaign make sure the media stays focused on terrorism and a mosque extremism as a source of the conflict not the occupation and the supplements 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 of the past few years. for 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. in late december of two thousand and eight israel launched operation coast led to a massive ground assault on the gaza strip in force of these this cockpit video over a period of three weeks israeli military dropped over six hundred tons of bombs on the go so it is unclear how many civilians among the fourteen hundred post indians were killed and thousands more injured the wounded were carried on corrugated iron . and private cars. and bags and you know.
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the worst one day casualty telling guards there anybody can. normally in a conflict civilians can run for their lives as i was one of the few if not the only modern conflict where the helpless civilians who are 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. this time. if you ask any american why 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 the behavior from us is that. they keep shelling is. what this forgets is that for the latter half of two
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thousand and eight there was a very successful ceasefire that curtailed rocket fire into israel dramatically almost to the point at which there was none 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 after israel broke the cease fire israeli officials went on american television and got away with claiming a mosque breaking the cease fire you know it was that you know laterally tore up the cease fire understandings it was from us 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 on the law it was then repeated uncritically by us 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 just compare this to how the media outside the u.s. dealt with this in to the fact that during the sci fi not a single israeli was killed and the reason for that was because i'm a five not a single rocket no i think you're a rogue unfortunately because during that cease fire of six months they were firing rockets on a daily basis on channel four in britain you saw an anchor presenting evidence that the israeli government itself acknowledged that hamas observed the ceasefire is 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 i mean the propaganda is so powerful that these truisms literally truisms are almost inexplicable than the lesson is that this conflict started when we say it started and we say it started when israel was attacked. in two
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thousand and twelve and again in two thousand and fourteen these are two more devastating attacks on goes a. ghost once again showed that americans remain firmly on israel's side. that. israel can saturate the media with a 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 and spinning the brutal reality of palestinian casualties he says the first thing the pro israeli spokespeople should do is to express empathy for the innocent victims unfortunately innocents do get hurt and we we really grieve that we're sad for every pseudonym casualty the entire situation is tragic then luntz tells people to turn the tables and ask the american
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people what would you do. so what would you do in the united states can you imagine . what america would do if you were facing a similar threat we always try to us cule to question what we you'll do what would you do what would you do if more than three thousand rockets have been fought on 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 then on top of that 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 the palestinians for their cause they want the more dead the better so they end up in
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this upside 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 said today it's new within t.v. 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 an inability to
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identify with people who are suffering in far greater numbers in far greater proportion. then there are israeli counterparts. the effort 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 the pro israel narrative any more visible than in the u.s. congress to launch it 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 with. the more than ten thousand people young and apex annual conference draws nearly ten thousand
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attendees from around the country including the most influential members of both houses of congress from 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 oak line 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 well 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 it's.

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