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Little Alex in Wonderland: TRNN interviews Phyllis Bennis to counter one-sided Israeli Newspeak from a third side: that of international law.

International Humanitarian Law (IHL) has been the third rail of Western journalism in its coverage of Palestine-Israel for decades and no more present than in its coverage of the Gaza Massacre and Israel's invasion of the Strip.

Bear in mind that Israel is overtly inhibiting the press, blocking the foreign press from reporting on Gaza outside of what 'officials say', as CNN's Campbell Brown has the courage to call on Israel to "allow journalists the access [they] need to tell the story with accuracy and with context".

I shot at The New York Times yesterday for their ignorant, negligent regurgitation of Israeli Newspeak to deliberately misinform their reader and the masses as the 'paper of record' that contains 'all the news that's fit to print', so I thought it would be fitting to go to them for the Newspeak:
The New York Times - "Analysis of the Gaza Conflict" - 07 Jan 09 (2:30):

Monday, Shihab Rattansi confronted former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman, who is reported to have drafted Israel's Newspeak:
al Jazeera - "Israel's Gaza media strategy" - 05 Jan 09 (5:28):

Missing from all of this jibber-jabber are Israel's international law violations because IHL classifies Israel as an occupier since 1967 and that the US has blocked every resolution to condemn Israel's occupation. This allows for spectators to easily ignore moral relativism when the spectator exercises judgment: that judging someone as beneath the standard we apply to them loses credibility when those same standards aren't applied to the 'we'.

Robert Parry spells out the dangers of this hypocrisy well for and Jeffrey Hammond of Foreign Policy Journal attacks the 'top 5 lies about Israel’s assault on Gaza', but there's still something missing -- those contracts which the international community to form objective judgments as opposed to subjective judgments of low-credibility: IHL, the UN Charter, and the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The Real News Network (TRNN) surpasses The NYT is credibility on this issue, interviewing Phyllis Bennis, fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C., specializing in Middle East and United Nations issues:
TRNN interviews Phyllis Bennis - "Part One: Historical Amnesia and Gaza" 06 Jan 09 (8:04):

TRNN interviews Phyllis Bennis - "Part Two: Israel and International Law" - 07 Jan 09 (8:57):

We posted another interview with Ms. Bennis concerning Gaza conducted by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! here.

Originally posted to 6dbl5321 on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 02:20 PM PST.

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  •  Israel is a nation committing acts of war (6+ / 0-)

    What Israel is doing in Gaza is like the Nazis confining people in the Warsaw ghetto during World War 2 and then when people rebel, the Nazis say, "Aha—we are being attacked and anyone who says anything about the situation has to first agree on that—and before anything can be done to resolve the situation, the people in the Warsaw ghetto have to stop attacking us."

  •  Baa Baa (5+ / 0-)

    Yes just like a herd of sheep - no intelligence going on here. Israel the Nazis sure sure!

    Let's see Arafat started out in Jordan. Oops King Hussein decided
    (why I wonder?) that they should go and killed 10,000+ to make the point.

    On to Lebanon - the Palestinians turned that tranquil "Paris on the Med" to "hell give me my meds". Everyone took shots at the Palestinians there except perhaps Walid Jumblatt and probably him too.

    And yet in 2000 there was Israel agreeing to a comprehensive plan for a Palestinian state. "No" Arafat responded, we're not state material we prefer to express the love of our neighbor with suicide bombs.

    My advice to the Palestinians - "Think Like an Egyptian". They are offering good things for your people right now. Say YES YES YES. The Egyptians have never massacred you like the Jordanians and the Syrians.

    •  And now, the regurgitation.... (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      unspeakable, Dexter

      ...of the Israeli talking points. Thanks, mac, I really couldn't have gotten it anywhere else. If only those stupid sheep would stop looking for the real story & accept what Israel wants them to think! How can they be so STUPID???


      To paraphrase Stephenson, "Intelligent people are those who can handle subtlety, even contradictory points of view. They become suspicious when something is overly straight-forward." I'm always amused at the huge multitude of folks who think everyone else is stupid because they don't ascribe to their simplistic, one-sided attitude. Yeah, sure, gotcha mac. Those folks who disagree w/ you, they're real sheep, aren't they...

  •  Bacon Wrapped Squirrel (5+ / 0-)

    ~ squirrel legs, front or rear, amount depends upon how hungry you are
    ~ beer
    ~ garlic powder
    ~ pepper
    ~ salt
    ~ minced onion
    ~ hickory smoked bacon  

    Soak the legs in beer for 2 – 3 hours. Remove and drain.

    Sprinkle to taste with garlic powder, pepper, salt and the minced onion.

    Wrap each leg with bacon. Secure with toothpicks if necessary.

    Place on hot grill. Cook over medium heat until cooked through.

    Serve with your favorite sides.


  •  Semetics don't drink beer (0+ / 0-)

    Soak the legs in beer for 2 – 3 hours. Remove and drain.

    That's one thing Moslems and Jews have in common.

  •  Award (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Mia Dolan, dmnyct


    Economic Left/Right: 6.00 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.92

    by BFSkinner on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 03:02:57 PM PST

  •  Israel refuses to recognize international law (5+ / 0-)

    Almost a year ago today this debate took place:

    NORMAN FINKELSTEIN: But the problem is, if you look at the international consensus for resolving the conflict, the burden of responsibility for the failure to resolve the conflict falls on the side of Israel and the United States. Carter is very clear on that—in my opinion, entirely accurate. He says the main problem is Israel refuses to recognize international law. The law is absolutely clear. It’s inadmissible to acquire territory by war. Israel acquired the West Bank and Gaza in the course of the 1967 War. The International Court of Justice said, under the UN Charter, Article 2, it’s inadmissible to acquire territory by war. Israel has to withdraw to its internationally recognized June ‘67 borders. It refuses. That’s the obstacle.

    A simple illustration. Every year, the United Nations General Assembly votes on a resolution entitled "Peaceful resolution of the Palestine conflict." Every year, the vote is the same. The whole world on one side—the whole world on one side—and on the other side, the United States, Israel, and usually Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia. It’s usually six dissenting votes. And that’s it. The problem, I think, is not that the world is—not that the coverage is biased. The problem is, the reality is biased.

    Democracy Now! - Norman Finkelstein vs. Gil Troy On Jimmy Carter’s Controversial Book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid"

  •  Recognition has to be mutual (2+ / 0-)
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    Deward Hastings, RubyGal

    Finkelstein: "First of all, we need historical context. For thirty years, from the mid-1970s on, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) was on record supporting a two-state settlement. That did not bring the conflict any closer to peace, for the very simple reason that Israel does not want to leave the Occupied Territories. So the claim that Hamas is the obstacle is rather curious in light of the fact that for thirty years there was a movement that openly recognised Israel, and it still did not facilitate a resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Therefore, the argument that Hamas is the obstacle is obviously nonsense.


    Number two: the Hamas government has sent mixed signals about its willingness to recognise Israel. It has certainly made enough gestures to recognising the June 1967 borders, such that you can negotiate with them. But the real question is: what has been the Israeli position? Has any Israeli government, or official, or mainstream political party ever recognised a Palestinian state in the June 1967 borders? And the answer is, flatly, no.

    It is not complicated. The position of Hamas was that any recognition had to be mutual. I think that is perfectly legitimate. Why should recognition be one-sided? Why should they have to recognise the Israeli state, but the Israeli state not have to recognise the right of the Palestinians, not to any state, but to a state within the pre-July 1967 border? No Israeli government has done that. If the Israeli government does not do it, then I agree with Hamas: they should not do it."

    Interview: Norman Finkelstein - 12.15.2006 | The iWitness

    •  Wow (0+ / 0-)
      You are citing Norman Finkelstein?  I thought the references to holocausts were counterproductive, but that takes the cake.  When you cite Finkelstein the message you send is that you don't give a shit about ending this conflict.  
    •  Thanks, I did not know this man existed (1+ / 0-)
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      since Mia Dolan is criticizing this person, Finkelstein, I will have to study him more because anyone Mia Dolan criticizes is probably a person who is really good and can contribute towards solutions besides bombing the crap out of innocent people.

  •  It is about disproportionate use of firepower (2+ / 0-)
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    halef, 6dbl5321

    against a basically defenseless people who have been confined in a small piece of land with Hamas who are the target of the IDF..since the land is so small, the IDF shoots at everyone because it is impossible not to be in proximity of Hamas..they live their and Cenk Ukor pointed out in his video.

    It is not acceptable to criticize Israel?  They are commiting war crimes with the finacial aid and the military weapons of the United States.

  •  Thank you, thank you, thank you n/t (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    γνωθι σεαυτόν

    by halef on Wed Jan 07, 2009 at 06:07:11 PM PST

  •  It's about... (0+ / 0-)

    ...continuous Palestinian political stupidity and the suffering the leaders of the Palestinians have brought on their own people.

    The thoughts are too painful for them to bear so they fire rockets at the people they are supposed to hate. We're back kindergarten.

    Oh and BTW I don't give a fu¢k about so-called international consensus. WTF is that. What is that - a bunch of anti-Semitic English academics jerking off at photos of King Edward VIII?

    •  That is no longer an acceptable excuse (0+ / 0-)

      for what is occuring in Gaza.  I heard on the radio this morning that 4 small children were found living with the two dead bodies of their parents.   There is no excuse for this.  

      I can see by your comment that there has been success on the part of the proZionist propagandists but proZionist propaganda is no longer working.  I hope you are prepared for the blowback, because it surely is coming.  I imagine that there will be numerous countries in the world whose populations are going to demand isolating Israel altogether.

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