Unseen Gaza (must-see)

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[Replaced the videos May 14, 2013]

Warning

This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

Channel 4 Video Report – Broadcast – January 22, 2009

Is what has been presented on our screens and in our papers a true reflection of events on the ground in Gaza? And how do these reports differ to those aired in other countries?

With reporters unable to enter Gaza, attempted media manipulation from both sides and strict regulations governing what images that can be shown on British TV, Jon Snow asks a range of journalists from at home and abroad about the challenges of getting the full story.

Featuring images that haven’t before been aired on mainstream television, Jon also examines the difference between the coverage at home and that in the US, Europe and the Middle East. He compares the coverage available on terrestrial channels with satellite TV and the internet and investigates the extent to which some British Muslims are by-passing the mainstream British media and looking elsewhere for their information.

To what extent does the choice of news outlet affect opinion of the conflict?

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4 years ago

http://vimeo.com/2955689

Unseen Gaza

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Democracy Now! A Tale of Two Brothers and A Son

Now why can’t those damn Palestinians just disappear? by William Bowles

Israel’s own Holocaust (and the US’s, and ours) by William Bowles

Gaza Crisis Appeal

20 thoughts on “Unseen Gaza (must-see)

  1. this is not something new research the history. since israel occupied palestinians terrortories it has approximately killed 100,000 plus people. this lady on the times named melanie phillips claims 75% of those killed recently are terroroists. ok around 650 children dies and 286 women died. are all the men over 16 terrorists i doubt. when israel kills a young youth over 16 years old it can classify the youth as a terrorist however when you kill 6 month old kids israel still calls it terrorists. watch on youtube where ehud barak says they will unleash genocide against the palestininans, he supports killing chilfren coz he says if they grow up they will kill us.

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  10. Thank God for the internet, the bloggers and those who have found a voice via the web (myself included). I also don’t own a TV and so I don’t waste time watching it, but I know that makes me an anomaly 🙂

    The most fearless reportage is, indeed, coming from the people themselves, people who are doing if simply because they want the truth to reach the world. Isn’t that what journalists are supposed to do?

    I am still very disturbed by this video. It reminds me so much of George Bush’s refusal to allow the media to show the coffins of dead servicepeople being returned from Iraq because it was too “disturbing.”

    In Gaza’s case, I remember my friend Nidal’s words in a short IM the night the slaughter began: “They are killing my people. It is genocide.” He was right. By ending the video with a Jewish family in the UK tut-tutting over the “biased” coverage of the BBC, it only reinforced the absurdity of the whole thing – and that 1,300 dead Gazans are somehow worth less than 13 dead Israelis.

    • Yes, so many people are now reporting the news firsthand, via Youtube, Independent news websites, their personal blogs, etc.

      All news to a certain degree comes with bias. That’s why it’s good to go to many sources.

      The sanitation of the war coverage (Gaza; Iraq; Afghanistan; Somalia, etc) is not due to avoiding possible offensive material but to keep the public in the dark about what war is really about so they don’t complain loudly to their govts, imo. Those coffins need to be shown! The maimed and dead bodies need to be shown, however, difficult it is to view. I believe it’s up to the parents whether or not they watch the evening news with their children. While I don’t particularly want children to view the graphic war pictures, even kids need to know how horrible war is.

  11. The saddest thing is that the American public isn’t terribly interested in going out of its way to look at independent news websites. The average Joe looks at 10 minutes of TV news a day, maybe glances at the newspaper (but only one newspaper), and what is so amazing is the success of the mainstream media in perpetuating Israel’s lies. It’s still politically incorrect to criticize Israel, and politically incorrect to speak up for Hamas. Most people, should you ask them, don’t even know why Hamas is supposed to be a terrorist organization, other than that it says so in the news.

    I read my news now from independent websites and foreign sources. I used to read the Washington Post online (and post a lot of comments) but the abysmal coverage of Gaza just got to me. When I read Charles Krauthammer’s column saying there was no moral ambiguity in attacking Gaza, I almost had a stroke. Same with the New York Times. Of course, they have a large Jewish readership and so I didn’t expect much in the way of objectivity. Even beyond the bias, there just wasn’t any information there.

    I got my best news from my friend Nidal, who lives in Bethlehem and works for the UN. He and another friend in Qatar gave me a lot of news links which I will continue to use in the future.

    How, oh how do we get the media to do its job? One way is to stop buying their newspapers and visiting their websites. Another is to criticize them directly. Print media is already on the ropes. But what about television? How do you shut down Fox News or make it clean up its act, especially when it’s so popular?

    • Unfortunately a lot of Americans get their “news” from talk radio, too.

      I agree with you about not visiting corporate media’s websites, etc. We have to become the “real news” and many of us are doing so with our blogs/websites.

      Boycotting the sponsors of Fox news would be the best thing to do. And let them know that is why you are not choosing to purchase their products any longer.

  12. And one more thing, very simply put – maybe if the world saw the ugliness and horror of these massacres, they would be motivated to press the Israeli Zionist regime to stop. Sanitizing war to make it less unpalatable and disturbing accomplishes absolutey nothing. An empty sandal, a bombed house, a speeding ambulance – these images may be suitable for prime time, but they say nothing.

    • Very good points, Mary. This is the main reason I started blogging the news: to show what war is really like. Obviously, have to go to foreign websites and independent news websites to accomplish this as the corporate owned and operated mainstream media will not do its job in reporting the news, especially of war. I hold them accountable for the war crimes, too.

  13. Truly a must-see. it is always true that the more affluent side of the conflict will control both media access and content, using propaganda and political pressure to mold news coverage to suit its agenda. There is no underestimating the power of the press to influence political opinion, and the Israelis have been masters at using the media to peddle their message, i.e., they are helpless, weak and must “defend themselves” against theevil terrorist Arabs. The power of the press has been instrumental in demonizing Hamas and thereby taking away its ability to gain legitimacy. The “media kits” distributed by the Israeli government to journalists covering the war wee such shameless propaganda tools that only the dumbest of the dumb would fail to see them for what they are. Slick PR to promote genocide – how innovative.

    This video certainly underscores the sorry state of the world’s news media and the strength of regimes such as the Zionists, who not only manipulate images and facts but also carefully censor and repress the truth.

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  15. This underscores the power of the internet. It also backfired on the Israelis because the come off as a censored dictatorship, and not a democracy they claim.

    What needs to be done now is to show photos of pre-massacre (in no way can this be called a war–it was a slaughter of over a hundred (almost all civilians) for every Israeli killed while they suffering an act of war being waged against them in the embargo–and superimpose that on the rubble that is post bombardment. Also, each building that was destroyed needs to be identified–Church, school Mosque, hospital, apartment building, house, grocery store, et cetera.

    The Israelis call Hamas, the Democratically elected government of Gaza a terrorist organization for defending themselves against acts of war waged against them. What then is Israel? A SUPER TERRORIST ORGANIZATION?

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