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  •  I was wondering if Israel would start harassing (9+ / 0-)

    Al Jazeera reporters after reading some of the info from them on Gaza.  
    Do you think this could have been a move to intimidate reporters?

    If, in our efforts to win, we become as dishonest as our opponents on the right, we don't deserve to triumph.

    by Tamar on Tue Aug 16, 2011 at 09:45:48 PM PDT

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    •  could be, but why so much speculation? (4+ / 0-)

      Since this diarist's hasty jumps to conclusion had to be retracted/modified the past two times, why not just be a bit patient and wait for some more information?

    •  It's a move designed to do several things, Tamar. (8+ / 0-)

      Primarily (and as evidenced in the diary), Israel wants information on a news organization that they seem to not like very much.

      Israel also wants to show that they can arrest anybody they feel like messing with - including reporters for respected international news agencies.  A "show of muscle."

      This also serves to intimidate ALL reporters who work in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza (Israel's sphere of direct control) and helps them to remember who can decide that a reporter's personal freedom isn't worth a plugged shekel if they don't appreciate what's being reported on and how it's being reported.

      Finally, this reminds Al Jazeera directly that when their people are within Israel's control zone for any reason - even when on personal business to visit with their own family - Israel will muck with them whenever they want.

      This is what right-wing governments do to those they don't like.  This is what highly-militarized societies do to anybody they want.  This is the kind of behavior we expect out of totalitarian regimes - not out of "The Only Democracy In The Middle East" .

      Celtic Merlin

      Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

      by Celtic Merlin on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 08:52:03 AM PDT

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      •  Exactly (7+ / 0-)

        The harassment of reporters, particularly Arab reporters, is longstanding in Israel.  The harassment of large numbers of people in Palestine for the purpose of turning them into informants is also longstanding.

        What we are seeing here is simply the overlap of these two phenomena, but applied on someone willing to speak out.  

        "How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly." - Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises.

        by weasel on Wed Aug 17, 2011 at 09:21:47 AM PDT

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