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when you are a refugee you are forced to think of it as an icon and catch what has happened a lot in the west is that culture and food are separated. unscripted 8. o'clock in doha the top stories here on al-jazeera and iran's foreign minister judge already fed has blamed israel for a power blackout at its main nuclear facility israeli media has created an identified sources claiming it was a cyber attack carried out by israelis intelligence services it comes at a time when iran and the united states are struggling to revive the 2015 you can a deal people in ecuador have rejected a leftist revolutionary and have chosen a conservative bank aquarium of alaska to be the next president with most of the
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runoff ballots counted sell took nearly 53 percent of a runoff vote in america to lucy and human sister. 3rd time lucky after news into previous presidential election binge 65 year old a good born bankrupt businessman yet more lasser looks set to govern his troubled country yes thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to be your president so i can serve you. facing the worst economic crisis in recent memory a good dorrance preferred to choose the conservative last or rather than swing back to the left of the former president rafael correa as citizens revolution represented by his protege and as i doused the national campaign tirelessly underscoring his middle class roots national reconciliation and his promise to eradicate corruption. that despite having so many natural resources we are in
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this crisis because instead of working with honesty to solve your problems many public servants dedicate themselves to fighting amongst themselves and using public office to enrich themselves oh but national team less than 20 percent of votes in the 1st round owns his unexpectedly comfortable victory more to ecuadorans misgivings about returning to what many saw as an authoritarian political party. that the career years were characterized by violations of human rights ecuador was one of the most authoritarian versions of so-called socialism of the 21st century there was persecution of journalists opponents and even unsolved murders of people who denounced corruption. the challenges for the president and the country are enormous unemployment is at the top of the list the oil rich countries have clung to me has suffered from a steep fall in oil prices and the pandemic has only made things worse it happened
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. a lot i believe in democracy of course in ecuador and i believe all of us ecuadorians know how to elect a new president to get out of the crisis our country is in and the lack of employment that exists throughout because of the paid demick. the country faces another difficult problem it steep foreign debt lasso says he hopes to maintain good relations with the i.m.f. but is not specified if you will continue implementing highly unpopular belt tightening measures that ecuador agreed to in exchange for a $6500000000.00 loan. was so much at stake the new president will have to move quickly to convince ecuadorians that they made the right choice you see in human. accounting is underway in peru for the 1st round of its presidential election the creative arts pandemic has overshadowed the vote a runoff is likely that. india now has the 2nd worst rate of corona virus
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infections in the world it's reported nearly 169000 new cases to move it past brazil health officials are hoping a 4 day super vaccine dr can turn around the numbers. to religious festival is causing concern social say the size of the crowds it makes and force the social distancing rules nearly impossible. china's top disease control official says the locally produced vaccines aren't highly effective the center for disease control made the rare admission after one study found the sign of a job had a success rate of just above 50 percent. there are warnings that the volcanic eruption on the caribbean island is advance and could leave 20000 people displaced for months the last to free a volcano 1st ruptured on friday the government says most livestock will be destroyed. there's headlines more news right after the occupation of the american mind.
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but you know it's 2014 israel launched a devastating military attack on the gaza strip. over the course of $51.00 days
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he's ready to drop $20000.00 tons of explosives on the densely populated area and the size of the delphia. killing over 2000 palestinians including tens of thousands more. the overwhelming majority of these casualties were civilians the strip of land is being bombarded from the sea and land israel launched at least $160.00 strikes on the gaza strip. and there's one less hospital in gaza now israel today a latin 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 show the american people holding firm in their support for israel this is the latest you know or see poll the
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american shows 57 percent of those polled say israel's action in gaza is justified 34 percent say unjustified these numbers were striking but they were new of the course of a conflict in which coniston in casualties so far outnumbered israeli casualties the american people have consistently shown from 0 sympathy for israelis 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 rights to defend itself and its citizens it is a talking point that is set from the top and by the top i mean from the highest
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officials government officials who are commenting on this issue which is the media obsessive we cover the repeats a man's gotta do what a man's going 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 2014 when we looked at mainstream media outlets almost by a margin of 3 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 rockets 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 has
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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 50 years palestinians have been systematically this possessed from their land and the knife the most basic human rights. and refugee. countries and the oppression young. they are going down the land. they will mark their work. to build. one response they want real will respond to palestine. zionism the nationalist movement that emerged in europe in the late 18 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 palestine the biblical homeland of the jews more than 3000 years before. but there
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was a basic problem with the choice from the start palestine was already home to hundreds of thousands of palestinian arabs who had been living in palestine for centuries. after world war 2 when the holocaust the situation reached a breakpoint ultimately the british colonial government made the decision to withdrawal and to polish the problem on to the newly created united nations and 947 un resolution 181 recommended that palestine be split into 2 parts jews who are a 3rd of the population would receive 56 percent of the land palestinians who are 2 thirds of the population and possess move 90 percent of historic palestine would receive 44 percent these terms were immediately rejected by arab leaders as unfair but in the spring of 1948 as honestly it is declared israel a state along the proposed borders anyway triggering the 1st arab israeli will. get
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out. early morning. after winning a crushing victory israel took possession of even more land by the time almost this was declared in $949.00 israel controls 78 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 we're all told approximately 700000 people more than half of august on its native population were uprooted were there is a lot of sympathy that can be generated i think rightly so for what jewish people as a whole have dealt with in western societies and globally because of anti-semitism
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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 sympathize 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 1000 turn that was 93 percent palestinian arab and 67 percent jewish how did it suddenly become 80 percent jewish and 20 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 1948 consequences when they lost their land the 1st time around in 67 it was another not
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another catastrophe. in june of $967.00 israel won what was perceived as a stunning underdog victory over much larger arab moments during the 6 day war. with a tree 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 have 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 immediate aftermath of the 67 war the united nations security council post
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resolution 2 food too. citing international though forbidding the takeover of territory by war 2 for 2 explicitly calling for israel to withdraw its forces. to this day israel has largely failed to comply not only holding palestinian territory but 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 440 mile security along the israeli border that cuts into palestinian territory if you're one of the millions of palestinians living under occupation this is what the conflict is about but one of the most stunning things is how they saw the story
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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 so on a board 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 1902. israel unleashed another massive air attack on palestinian guerrilla targets in lebanon today from a sky full of israeli jets bombing bombing. and the summer of
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$982.00 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 1902 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 the neighborhood bully by the time the war was over the israeli military would 217000 lebanese and palestinians and not the 30000 almost all of them civilians and when they were over 20 injured
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you become a wise everything only her offspring will wrap ok for her to recruit other recovering. just a few months later american media coverage were taken even there's been another horrendous turn of events in the middle east hundreds of men women and children perhaps as many as a 1000 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 1000 palestinian civilians in the refugee camps of separate. 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 hala still you finally corelate. have not returned our children once. they're killing our family this was a game changer in terms of how israel was going to deal with the question of
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publicity they went on the offensive for the 1st time. at the idea bear any blame. tragedy in the shot you look at them. and without any foundation the government of israel rejects them with which they did. 2 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. participants including 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 come to negative press coverage by shaping the media for a minute votes. used doesn't just jump into a camera conference delegates it's directed it's managed it's made to accessible.
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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 accomplish that we need propaganda. after levanon you start to see the basic has prostrated your noxious 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. 3 helicopter gunships deliberately fired a missile into the crowd to civilians last night killing 7 palestinians mooning 70 more. then israeli officials going to full house romo's and that occupation doesn't even exist in framing all palestinian resistance as terrorism and israeli
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aggression as self-defense the palestinian terror campaign continues it only justifies again and again that we will have to continue to 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 civilian deaths that they belong to the responsibility and the blame belongs with
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one place hamas i don't think anyone should get that wrong the israeli position is the 1st 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 $750.00 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 and not the patient of american media and what we could call the american mind bright 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 palestinians can finally have a slate of their own is. the prime minister of israel the president of the
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united states. the ongoing peace process that began with the oslo peace accords in 1903 was designed to negotiate the terms of israel's withdrawal from palestinian territory in accordance with un resolution 242 which made an explicit connection between israeli withdrawal and the just and lasting peace. essential as though israel has actually taken more palestinian land for its jewish only settlements in 193 there were approximately 200000 illegal jewish settlers living in the occupied palestinian territories since then that number has more than tripled with approximately 650000 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 20 years and most nor graded oslo was not a peace process it was an annexation process what has happened is that now one in
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11 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 a vested interest in promoting this same narrative for almost 50 years now this goes back to the start of the so-called special relationship with israel in the
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late 1960 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 $3000000000.00 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 justifies purposes especially the occupation and settlements on security grounds one of these groups is the israel project in 2009 israel project turn to conservative poster and rebranding expert 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
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israel once wrote up his recommendations in a 2009 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 lunts document is really clear that the occupation and especially the settlements are a problem. and he points to polls that show a large majority of americans actually think that israel should retreat to the 67 borders in fact he says when you talk about land in terms of 67 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 says is the claim that the fight is over ideology not land about terror not territory in fact these 3 words terror not territory summarize the basis of the propaganda campaign of the u.s. and lots goes on to say the one of the most effective ways to make the conflict about terrorism is to refer to an obscure political document written in $1008.00 by
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small group of ideologues the hamas charter that cause 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 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 7 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 how our national movements are the same thing as isis hamas is like isis
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hamas is like al qaeda hamas is like this bottle of hamas is like a book koran and they are completely not the same things from us it is as much a nationalist movement. as leaders and a religious movement. and for the good ol from those signs priority turds nationalist girls over its religious grounds. this false notion of trauma as part of this ultra i don't network is not bought you limbaugh and her moments of the american military in 2010 the united states central command the centcom the highest military command in the us if you testified report the question the current us policy of isolating and marginalizing and mass as well as has blair in lebanon the report described the 2 groups is pragmatic and argued that putting them in al qaeda 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 was attacked
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a mosque again and again because i'm not 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 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. it's the political debate show that's challenging the way you think i want to know where you stand on cancer culture resetting the range of ideas that can be heard from international politics to the global pandemic and everything in between is
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hamas charter not only cost resources structures ladies and gentlemen because for the murder of every jew it's a nazi documents meanwhile you hear 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 the capacity to act upon the words in their charter in
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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 one a step just israelis talking point the claim that israel gave up control of gaza in 2005 in hopes of achieving peace and a 2 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 as a main frame 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 into gaza and nothing is getting out so
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the idea that israel left is 100 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 $967.00 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 space focused on terrorism and a mosque stream ism as a source of the conflict not the occupation and the settlements if you want to see this in operation just look at the coverage of any of israel's many attacks on gaza
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over the past few years. the scale and intensity of this attack was surprising the deadliest operation against palestinians in decades. an intense 3 week 1300 day 5000 wounded. in late december of 2008 israel launched operation coast let the massive ground assault on the gaza strip in force at least this popular video over a period of 3 weeks israeli military truck to the 600 tons of bombs on the go so it is unclear how many civilians in the 1400 postings were killed and thousands more injured the wounded were carried on corrugated iron. and private. bets on you know. the worst one day casualty toll in gaza anybody.
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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 sort of 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 the behavior of the from us is that. they keep shelling is. what this forget is that for the latter half of 2008 there was a very successful cease fire that curtailed rocket fire into israel dramatically
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almost to the point in which there was not this was shattered in. november of 2000 when israel attacked what they said was a tunnel building project killed 6 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 124 hour period some 80 rockets mortar shells and missiles coming into israel attacking our civilians now we want to work with the palestinian government 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 a ceasefire that was broken by hamas they fired something like 300 rockets in the israel i mean this is an act of war what are they supposed to do just compare this
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to how the media outside the u.s. still with us 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 5 not a single rocket no i think you're all wrong unfortunately because during the cease fire of 6 months no foreign group it's on a daily basis on channel 4 in britain you saw in ankara presenting evidence that the israeli government itself knowledge that hamas observed 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. well israel officially recognizes that 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 2012 and again in 2014 these are 2 more devastating attacks on goes
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a. host 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 luntz document spells out which talking points have been most effective in spinning the brutal reality of palestinian casualties he says the 1st 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 every pseudonym casualty the entire situation is tragic then luntz tells p.r. spokespeople to turn the tables and ask the american people what would you do. so
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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 kewl to question we all still will serve what we you'll do what would you do what would you do if more than 3000 rockets have been fought on your cities what would you do 3000 rockets what would you do if terrorists were tunneling under your frontage what would you do if 3 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 strategy to drum up sympathy. telegenic the palestinians for their cause they want the more dead the better so they end up in this upside down orwellian world where israelis killing civilians becomes an unforgivable transgression against israelis it is hard to come away with any
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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's 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 identify with people who are suffering in far greater numbers in far greater proportion than their israeli counterparts.
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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 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. it is great. good friends from all across the gulf will. be more than. the. apex annual conference draws nearly $10000.00 attendees from around the country including the most influential members of both houses of congress from both
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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 israel's right to defend itself. they made the mistake of actually leaving a pax tax address on one bill that was actually laid before congress and of course
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nobody was apparently baucus that that in fact write 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 3 dozen or so pro israel pacs that give money over the last $15.00 or 20 years they've given $5560000000.00 in american elections there are one or 2 arab american pacs and i believe last time i looked they've given you know 800-0028 1000000 so you've got $55000000.00 of pac contributions on one side and you've got maybe a 1000000 at most on the other side the actual views of most people in the american jewish community quoting to every poll diverge greatly from the extreme right wing neo conservative views of the entire establishment leadership of that community
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most people in the jewish community are much more liberal they're against settlement they're against occupation they want 2 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 a 3rd 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. i have every right to take it from surfers listen closely those of you listening in the liberal media. the jewish people are now saying in the land of israel. don't lie and this is really. one of the problems with the influence israel lobby 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
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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 $967.00 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 us policy that decades or the right wing president ronald reagan that said essentially the same thing in the 1980 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 $242.00 applies to all fronts including the west bank and gaza when obama said it he was a media the accused by right wing groups of setting up israel for another holocaust as president obama abandon israel after strong support by 11 consecutive american
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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 to now america's strong backing of israel made that impossible but with obama's waffling could a 2nd 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 67 borders exporters. these are the 2 alternatives you're either going to be now switching to support israel because israel was in fact created in the wake of the holocaust isn't that extraordinary that the 2 would be that way i have a problem with the idea of exploiting the link and using the 6000000 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 may never again. i see
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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 attack. acts 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 israel's 2014 attack on gaza the keyword search of all the major networks showed
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that over the course of the $51.00 day assault israel's ongoing military siege on blockade of gaza were barely mentioned compared to the thousands of times a mosque 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 0 evidence making exactly the opposite claims here that the us news media bends over backwards so humanize palestinians while demonizing israel consistently the times says suppressed any story that was betrayed israel sympathetically and of course there's no quite a weapon in the attack austin all that 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 gloating if you wish man correct yes i am it doesn't it doesn't come more anti semitic down. they would they wouldn't they would do violence to you who is good journalism al-jazeera we let run that were they were violently i largely think so rude an article in which he
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explained to american jews what their task was their task is to show that anyone who is a critic of zionism by which he means a critic who opposes the state of israel must be either an anti semite or a neurotic self hating jew that covers 100 percent of possible criticism so used to be i was always called the self hating jew and everybody like me was called the self hating too i am now not only fit into but they also call me that is them like how i was by 4 jewish grandparents i'm still an anti-semite my wife was born in a just. those 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
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question it's a simple yes or no question is how long you invited to join on here is a mosque whose charter calls for the destruction of israel is that a terrorist organization that's a yes or no question thank you for your question fine 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 answer 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 yes or no the only thing that you're going to say is what we want you to say and if you don't say it we're not going to 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 4 in the u.k. and he interview with mark greg and he grilled time with questions grilled mark
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record of how does killing children on a beach contribute to that purpose what was the point of bombing the el wafa hospital for goodness sake through a grave i'm certain to see about whether you are acting within the law oh yes 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 7 years the people live in intolerable and ghastly life and you know that better than anybody why don't you try one other thing. why not talk why not be brave and talk directly with the 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 thought in 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. in pro israel groups in the u.s.
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to manage american perceptions of the conflict. video footage and reporting from the ground bearing witness to the reality of the occupation and now more accessible 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 says 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 for a 3rd is in a power. struggle for freedom continued and all of these developments seem to be having an effect those now show the world sympathy for israel remains at all time highs among i would or americans it has been hemorrhaging among young people despite the efforts of the lobby something really striking is taking place and pro
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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 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 a 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 a marriage. it is all americans have
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a right to question particular israeli policies and in particular the prolonged occupation the fact that the palestinian people have been kept without 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 the battle of the stories they told to make sense of this conflict a battle over perception the more americans are able to see the reality of occupation with their own eyes the images of routine daily violence of the repression and you may 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. and start to wonder who is actually the outcome palestinians who might be the real davids here. and that starts becoming the dominant perception here in the u.s. open seraph it all comes down to american public perception.
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