maandag 30 maart 2009

Les voor de mensen in Jenin

Dit is een vervolg op het artikel van gisteren over het jeugdorkest in Jenin, dat onder dit artikel staat:
Wat een misdaad is in Jenin wordt door anderen als een noodzaak gezien voor juiste berichtgeving en begrip.
Waar in Frankrijk begrip op de voorgrond staat zie je in Jenin onverzoenlijke haat.
Hier een website die uitlegt wat de holocaust is en in Jenin wordt een jeugdorkest ontbonden omdat het speelde voor Holocaust-overlevenden.
De vraag is wat uiteindelijk zal overwegen als er verzoening moet komen. 
Laten we hopen dat het Franse initiatief, dat door Unesco gesteund wordt, een kans maakt.
 
MS
 
Reformatorisch Dagblad

Arabische website tegen Holocaustontkenning

30-03-2009 09:40

BRUSSEL (IPS) – Op het Unesco­hoofdkwartier in Parijs is vrijdag een website gelanceerd die Holocaustontkenners in de moslimwereld de pas moet afsnijden. De site is ook in het Arabisch te raadplegen.

„Veel moslims beschouwen de Holocaust, de uitroeiing van zes miljoen Europese Joden door nazi-Duitsland in de Tweede Wereldoorlog, als een taboeonderwerp", legt de website zelf uit (projetaladin.org). „Sommigen denken dat deze gebeurtenis tot de oprichting van de Joodse staat leidde. Anderen geloven dat de erkenning van het Joodse lijden in de Holocaust gelijk zou staan met steun aan Israël en verraad van de rechten van Palestijnse moslims. Ze geloven dus dat ze door hun verwerping van de Holocaust de Palestijnse zaak dienen.

Wij daarentegen geloven dat het tonen van respect en medeleven door de moslims voor de slachtoffers van de Holocaust alleen maar kan bijdragen tot het herstel van het wederzijdse vertrouwen; een essentiële voorwaarde voor een duurzame vrede."

De website is te raadplegen in het Engels en het Frans maar ook in het Arabisch en het Farsi (dat onder meer in Iran wordt gesproken). De site bevat zeer gedetailleerde informatie over de verschillende aspecten van de Holocaust, met talrijke foto's en andere documenten. Zo kan het dagboek van Anne Frank er worden gedownload, eveneens in het Arabisch en het Farsi. De site gaat ook uitgebreid in op de geschiedenis van de relaties tussen moslims en Joden.

De website kreeg de naam Projet Aladin. Het is een initiatief van de Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, een Franse stichting waarvan politica en Holocaustoverlevende Simone Veil erevoorzitter is. Het project staat onder de bescherming van Unesco.

Het initiatief heeft de steun van meer dan 200 intellectuelen, academici en andere prominente figuren uit de moslimwereld. Ook voormalige regeringsleiders zoals Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac en Gerhard Schröder onderschrijven het initiatief, net zoals de Jordaanse prins Hassan en de voormalige Indonesische president Abdurrahman Wahid.

Het negationisme is de laatste tijd vaak in het nieuws.

zondag 29 maart 2009

Jeugdorkest Jenin ontmanteld

Jeugdorkest in Westbank ontmanteld omdat het optrad in Israel
 
Kinderen van een jeugdorkest uit Jenin mogen niet meer in hun orkest spelen.
Het orkest, een vredesinitiatief, is opgeheven.
De reden: de kinderen zijn politiek misbruikt volgens de autoriteiten in Jenin.
Zij gaven een opvoering voor Holocaustoverlevenden in Holon.
Spelen voor holocaustoverlevenden is voor de Palestijnen in Jenin een politieke daad.
Je ontkent er je eigen Palestijnse identiteit mee, volgens de autoriteiten.
Ook het spelen in Israel is verboden voor inwoners van Jenin vanwege de massaslachting in 2002.
Nu is dat verhaal van 2002 een typisch verhaal van misleiding.
Bij  een gevecht tijdens het hoogtepunt van de tweede intifada met terroristen  die Jenin als uitvalsbasis gebruikten
moesten IDFsoldaten vechten van huis tot huis omdat, zoals gebruikelijk, de terroristen zich onder de burgerbevolking schuil hielden. Palestijnen en de VN spraken van meer dan honderd doden een massaslachting.
Achteraf ging het om vijftig doden van wie de meesten terroristen waren die in het gevecht gedood werden. 
Zo gaat een vredesinitiatief verloren door Palestijnse onwil.
 

PA dismantles W. Bank youth orchestra


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Palestinian authorities disbanded a youth orchestra from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel, a local official said on Sunday.
Palestinian children from the...

Palestinian children from the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank play for Holocaust survivors at a center in Holon, last Wednesday.
Photo: AP

Adnan Hindi of the Jenin camp called the Holocaust a "political issue" and accused conductor Wafa Younis of unknowingly dragging the children into a political dispute.

He added that Younis has been barred from the camp and the apartment where she taught the 13-member Strings of Freedom orchestra has been boarded up.

On Saturday, The Jerusalem Post found that leaders and representatives of the Jenin refugee camp condemned the participation of Palestinian teenagers from the camp in a concert honoring Holocaust survivors in Holon last week.

The 13 Palestinian musicians, aged 11 to 18, are members of the Palestinian orchestra Strings of Freedom that is based in the refugee camp.

The concert was held at the Holocaust Survivors' Center as part of "Good Deeds Day," an annual event organized by an organization belonging to Israeli billionaire Shari Arison.

The event drew strong condemnations from refugee camp leaders and political activists, who accused the organizers of exploiting the children for "political purposes."

Adnan al-Hinda, director of the Popular Committee for Services in the Jenin refugee camp, said that the participation of the children in the concert was a "dangerous matter" because it was directed against the cultural and national identity of the Palestinians.

He accused "suspicious elements" of being behind the Holon event, saying they were seeking to "impact the national culture of the young generation and cast doubt about the heroism and resistance of the residents of the camp during the Israeli invasion in April 2002."

Hindi claimed that the organizers "misled" the children by promising to take them on a free trip to Israel and teach them music.

Ramzi Fayad, a spokesman for various political factions in the Jenin refugee camp, also condemned the participation of the teenagers in the Holocaust event, saying all the groups were strongly opposed to any form of normalization with Israel.

"There can be no normalization while Israel is continuing to perpetrate massacres against our people," he said.

Leaflets distributed in the Jenin area over the weekend also attacked the event and accused the organizers of exploiting the children. The leaflets also warned the Palestinians against participating in similar events in the future.

Sources in the camp said that the political factions in Jenin have also decided to ban an Israeli Arab woman who helped organize the event from entering the city.

Fatah activists in the city also filed a complaint with the Palestinian Police against the woman under the pretext that she had misled the children by taking them to the Holocaust event. The activists also sealed an apartment that had been rented out to the woman in the refugee camp.

The youths said their conductor, Wafa Younis, 50, of the Arab village of Ara in the Triangle, tried to explain to them who the elderly people at the event were, but chaos on the bus prevented them from listening.

Some 30 elderly survivors gathered in the center's hall as teenage boys and girls filed in 30 minutes late - delayed at an IDF checkpoint outside their town, they later explained.

The encounter began with an Arabic song, "We sing for peace," and was followed by two musical pieces with violins and Arabic drums, as well as an impromptu song in Hebrew by two in the audience.

The encounter was not devoid of politics. Younis dedicated a song to kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

AP contributed to this report

donderdag 26 maart 2009

The Guardian verspreidt 'Hamas propaganda'


 
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'Guardian' slammed for 'Hamas propaganda'
Mar. 25, 2009
JONNY PAUL, Jerusalem Post correspondent , THE JERUSALEM POST
 
Jewish groups have accused the Guardian newspaper of marketing Hamas propaganda and constructing falsehoods, after three stories over two days accused Israel of perpetrating war crimes in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead.
 
In an article in Tuesday's Guardian, entitled "'Guardian' investigation uncovers evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza," the newspaper claimed to have evidence that Israel had committed war crimes during the 22-day operation. The newspaper's Web site showed a video clip with file photos from 2007 depicting Israeli forces using human shields, and had three Gazan teenagers recounting how they had allegedly been used as human shields by the IDF during Operation Cast Lead.
 
"This is the newspaper that reported the massacre at Jenin, which turned out to be false, and said also that Israel was high in an international league table for its murder of journalists and then failed to properly correct this patent falsehood," said Jonathan Hoffman, co-vice chairman of the Zionist Federation of the UK. "It is the paper that tolerates anti-Semitic content in its blog 'Comment Is Free,' and indeed encourages it by its choice of contributors."
 
Of course, he added, "the IDF will carefully investigate this outrageous claim, and by the time it issues the denial, people will only remember the original allegation, and the Guardian will have moved on to the next carefully constructed falsehood. It's a pas de deux of truth versus mendacity, with apparently no end."
 
Hoffman questioned the clip's citation of an IDF magazine found in Gaza that allegedly showed Israeli forces using human shields.
 
"Now we are supposed to believe... that the IDF has an 'internal' magazine which all soldiers get, but which none of them must divulge, but which was left behind by a careless soldier in Gaza," he said.
 
The pro-Israel Web site ZioNation accused the newspaper of "marketing Pallywood propaganda."
 
"The Guardian has regrettably thrown all professional journalistic ethics and pretensions to balance and objectivity to the four winds, and has gleefully annexed itself to the cause of Hamas," said Ami Isseroff, chief editor of ZioNation.
 
In two articles on Monday, the Guardian accused Israel of deliberately firing on Palestinian medical staff and indiscriminate killing of Palestinian civilians with unmanned aerial vehicles.
 
"Medical staff and ambulance drivers who attempted to assist casualties of the Israeli invasion of Gaza have told the Guardian that they were attacked by Israeli forces while trying to carry out their job," the article said.
 
The story included a video clip in which Palestinian medical staff recounted their experiences. The clip noted that Israel was a "pioneer in precision weapons and a world leader in advanced optics," then asked why 38 medical workers were killed or wounded by Israeli forces during the Gaza conflict "when they had the technology to see exactly who they were hitting."
 
The second article said that Israeli drones killed a family of six, a group of girls in an empty street, two children in a field and "many others." It also claimed that an investigation the paper had carried out revealed that Israel had used a variety of weapons in "illegal ways."
 
"Indiscriminate munitions, including shells packed with white phosphorus, were fired into densely populated areas, while precision missiles and tank shells were fired into civilian homes. But it is the use of drones in the killing of at least 48 civilians that appears most reprehensible," the article said.
 
The reports were written by Clancy Chassay, a Guardian correspondent in Beirut. Chassay has produced eight video reports this month accusing Israel of war crimes.
The film clips were produced by Guardian Films, which says its aim is to "produce the kind of unique work that other broadcasters no longer have the network or resources to do."
 
In a letter the paper sent out to blog and Web site owners, calling for them to support its work, the Guardian said the Gaza film clips were meant to "add weight to calls this week for a full inquiry into the events surrounding Operation Cast Lead, which was aimed at Hamas, but which left over 1,400 Palestinians dead - around 300 known to be children."
 
Guardian Films then asked the bloggers to link to their "Gaza War Crimes" page.
 
"Whatever happened in Gaza, it ought not to be the business of the Guardian to appoint itself judge and juror and promote itself in this way," Isseroff said.
 
In response, the newspaper said that "we robustly reject the suggestion that the Guardian is being used as a mouthpiece for Hamas. Indeed, anyone who reads our front page story and our leader today will see that we make it clear that a case exists against them."
 
Regarding Chassay's report, the paper said he had "spent weeks on his investigation, and in the interests of fair reporting we gave the IDF every opportunity to reject these claims, and at the conclusion of the video we reported in full the written the statement they supplied."
 
The Israeli Embassy in London said it would issue a response on Wednesday.
 
 
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woensdag 25 maart 2009

Bradley Burston: Waarom de wereld media graag Israel haatten

 
Bradley Burston probeert een evenwichtig antwoord te geven op de vraag waarom de media zo de pik op Israel hebben.
 
Hoewel hij natuurlijk gelijk heeft dat sommige dingen die Israel doet onnodig wreed en walgelijk zijn, is dat nog geen antwoord op de vraag waarom dergelijke acties juist als ze door Israeli's worden gepleegd zo interessant zijn voor de media.
 
Het antwoord ligt desondanks gedeeltelijk in Israels eigen gedrag, maar dan niet in de zin als de Israel bashers het doen voorkomen:
 
"It is also because Israelis hate the very idea of public relations. They live in a country which has been under effective world quarantine for nearly all if its history.They live in a society whose trait of unbridled openness has become something of a learning disability. They speak a language which is light years and thousands of literal years away from television English. They are bathed in a culture which insulates itself and armors itself and has had little reason to believe the world will give it a fair shake.They have a shared, largely unspoken truth which is based, in part, on the world's inability to fathom their behavior. And they believe that no matter what they do, much of the world is likely to condemn them. And in this, at least, they have seldom been proven wrong."

RP
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Why does the world media love to hate Israel?
 
I was just in the States, speaking to members of Ameinu, an organization which, the times notwithstanding, remains outspoken both in its support for peace and its support for Israel.

Among the topics I was asked to address was the portrayal of the Jewish state in the news media. Phrased a little less delicately, the issue amounts to: "Why does the press love to hate Israel?"

The question has taken on an unusual urgency of late, its pivot points Israel's war in Gaza, the debate over engaging a proto-nuclear Iran, the UN's upcoming Durban II World Conference against Racism, Avigdor Lieberman's Arab-baiting campaign for Knesset, and, not least, disclosures in Haaretz, Ma'ariv, and Israeli broadcast media quoting IDF troops describing moral failings during the Gaza offensive.

Allow me to begin with the underlying first question.

Are there journalists who truly dislike Jews, and allow their Jew-hate to color their coverage?

Yes. I've met and, in fact, worked with, a number of them. Some of them, it will come as no surprise to report, are themselves Jewish. But does this explain or account for a significant portion of negative coverage of Israel in the media? It does not. Not at all.

What does?

1. What Israel says, and what Israel does.

A. In all the world, there is no bait more tempting for a reporter than Israel's assertion that its military is the "most moral in the world." This is the socially clueless Goliath wearing a sign reading "Kick Me." It is the one irresistible soft target of sound bites.

B. Anyone who has been in a war, as a participant, reporter, or civilian bystander, knows that any war, every war, spawns war crimes. The question, when examining the Cast Lead operation in Gaza, was whether there was something different, something exceptional and intentional and, especially, a matter of policy and command direction, that either trapped or targeted large numbers of civilians, resulting in a human tragedy far beyond the horrible reality of the very fact of warfare.

Was, in other words, this war different from all other wars? Or was this war the trigger for an outpouring of anti-Israel animus that was, for lack of a better term, disproportionate?

Although the jury is still out pending further independent inquiry, the likely answer to both is: Yes.

C. There is reason to believe that, at least in certain units, massive and, in retrospect, excessive firepower was employed, the apparent result of a miscalculation about how, and where, Hamas fighters were likely to engage in combat. In the main, Hamas, whose men had fought to the death in previous encounters, refrained from engaging the IDF at all.

There remains a need for intensive and impartial investigation to determine the extent and the cause of actions which led directly to the deaths of innocents.

D. The fact that may be most difficult to digest - either for haters of Israel or its most ardently positive supporters - is that Israel's armed forces have always been marked by an extraordinary degree of autonomy, down to the level of the individual grunt.

As a direct result, there were instances of Israeli soldiers who risked their own lives to save those of innocents, and there were Israeli soldiers who were predisposed to take the lives of innocents without just cause.

2. What Palestinians say that Israel does.

There are journalists who accept without reservation or corroboration the accounts of Palestinians regarding the actions of Israeli soldiers. There are television networks, some of them financed by Qatar, whose coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, even during studio interviews, is accompanied by unending, obscenely graphic footage of infants and children wounded and killed in the war.

The first rule of covering the Holy Land is also in some ways the only rule:

3. Everyone lies to the press here. Everyone. All the time.

This is similar to, but not the same as:

4. Middle East news, like news in general, is marketing.

We are, all of us, in marketing. We are, all of us, in the business of selling a story. This includes the eyewitness, the victim, the military commander, the Hamas official, the Israeli spokesman, the betrayed, the bereaved, the film crew, the pundit.

Every news outlet has a lens through which it believes the story will best sell to an increasingly news-inured public. Every individual, Israeli or Palestinian, has an axe to grind, and a world full of good reasons to grind it.

5. Sometimes Israel looks bad because it is made to look bad. At other times, however, Israeli actions appear brutal because they, in fact, are.

Much has been made of what may be the least translatable word in the Hebrew language, Hasbara, literally, the act of explaining:

"It is true that the world media, generally speaking, doesn't like Israel very much, and stacks the deck against it, but good hasbara starts with not allowing soldiers to vandalize Palestinian homes and shoot Palestinian women,"
writes Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic, a veteran of the IDF, of the disclosures over the past week in Haaretz.

"Public relations isn't a morally relevant category, in any case: The crucial question is, how should a civilized country behave when confronting barbarism? With barbarism? Or with respect for innocent life? Pardon me for saying so, but the Jewish people didn't struggle for national equality, justice and freedom so that some of its sons could behave like Cossacks.

"Please don't get me wrong: I'm not equating the morality of the IDF to that of Hamas. The goal of Hamas is to murder innocent people; the goal of the IDF is to avoid murdering innocent people. But when the IDF fails to achieve its goal, and ends up inflicting needless destruction and suffering, it sullies not only its own name, but the name of the Jewish state. It risks making a just cause - Jewish nationhood - seem unjust, and it ultimately endangers what it is supposed to protect."

6. Israelis, as a people and individually, are execrable at public relations because they abhor and distrust the very concept.

There is a reason why Israelis are so breathtakingly inept at furthering their own cause.

It is not only becuse this war was a frank and literally misguided attempt to redress years of misguidance. Or because the war between the Jews and the Arabs, this war which has raged for more than a hundred years, has robbed both sides of its ability to see the humanity of the other.

It is also because Israelis hate the very idea of public relations. They live in a country which has been under effective world quarantine for nearly all if its history.They live in a society whose trait of unbridled openness has become something of a learning disability. They speak a language which is light years and thousands of literal years away from television English. They are bathed in a culture which insulates itself and armors itself and has had little reason to believe the world will give it a fair shake.They have a shared, largely unspoken truth which is based, in part, on the world's inability to fathom their behavior. And they believe that no matter what they do, much of the world is likely to condemn them. And in this,at least, they have seldom been proven wrong.

 

Pro-Palestijnse lobby op universiteiten USA

 
De journalist hieronder is een Israëlische Arabier die o.a. voor NBC en de Jerusalem Post werkt.

Ook bij sommige Nederlandse activisten lijkt de haat voor Israel groter dan de liefde voor de Palestijnen, en over de sympathie voor Hamas onder zich progressief noemende mensen die zeggen voor de mensenrechten op te komen, heb ik mij ook vaker verbaasd. Zo erg als op de Amerikaanse universiteiten is het hier nog niet, maar dat zal wel niet lang meer duren :-(

RP
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March 24, 2009 - 6:45 AM | Khaled Abu Toameh
Journalist
On Campus: The Pro-Palestinians' Real Agenda
http://www.hudsonny.org/2009/03/on-campus-the-pro-palestinians-real-agenda.php
 
 
During a recent visit to several university campuses in the U.S., I discovered that there is more sympathy for Hamas there than there is in Ramallah.
 
Listening to some students and professors on these campuses, for a moment I thought I was sitting opposite a Hamas spokesman or a would-be-suicide bomber.
 
I was told, for instance, that Israel has no right to exist, that Israel's "apartheid system" is worse than the one that existed in South Africa and that Operation Cast Lead was launched only because Hamas was beginning to show signs that it was interested in making peace and not because of the rockets that the Islamic movement was launching at Israeli communities.
 
I was also told that top Fatah operative Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life terms in prison for masterminding terror attacks against Israeli civilians, was thrown behind bars simply because he was trying to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
 
Furthermore, I was told that all the talk about financial corruption in the Palestinian Authority was "Zionist propaganda" and that Yasser Arafat had done wonderful things for his people, including the establishment of schools, hospitals and universities.
 
The good news is that these remarks were made only by a minority of people on the campuses who describe themselves as "pro-Palestinian," although the overwhelming majority of them are not Palestinians or even Arabs or Muslims.
 
The bad news is that these groups of hard-line activists/thugs are trying to intimidate anyone who dares to say something that they don't like to hear.
 
When the self-designated "pro-Palestinian" lobbyists are unable to challenge the facts presented by a speaker, they resort to verbal abuse.
 
On one campus, for example, I was condemned as an "idiot" because I said that a majority of Palestinians voted for Hamas in the January 2006 election because they were fed up with financial corruption in the Palestinian Authority.
 
On another campus, I was dubbed as a "mouthpiece for the Zionists" because I said that Israel has a free media. There was another campus where someone told me that I was a 'liar" because I said that Barghouti was sentenced to five life terms because of his role in terrorism.
 
And then there was the campus (in Chicago) where I was "greeted" with swastikas that were painted over posters promoting my talk. The perpetrators, of course, never showed up at my event because they would not be able to challenge someone who has been working in the field for nearly 30 years.
 
What struck me more than anything else was the fact that many of the people I met on the campuses supported Hamas and believed that it had the right to "resist the occupation" even if that meant blowing up children and women on a bus in downtown Jerusalem.
 
I never imagined that I would need police protection while speaking at a university in the U.S. I have been on many Palestinian campuses in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and I cannot recall one case where I felt intimidated or where someone shouted abuse at me.
 
Ironically, many of the Arabs and Muslims I met on the campuses were much more understanding and even welcomed my "even-handed analysis" of the Israeli-Arab conflict. After all, the views I voiced were not much different than those made by the leaderships both in Israel and the Palestinian Authority. These views include support for the two-state solution and the idea of coexistence between Jews and Arabs in this part of the world.
 
The so-called pro-Palestinian "junta" on the campuses has nothing to offer other than hatred and de-legitimization of Israel. If these folks really cared about the Palestinians, they would be campaigning for good government and for the promotion of values of democracy and freedom in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
 
Their hatred for Israel and what it stands for has blinded them to a point where they no longer care about the real interests of the Palestinians, namely the need to end the anarchy and lawlessness, and to dismantle all the armed gangs that are responsible for the death of hundreds of innocent Palestinians over the past few years.
 
The majority of these activists openly admit that they have never visited Israel or the Palestinian territories. They don't know -and don't want to know - that Jews and Arabs here are still doing business together and studying together and meeting with each other on a daily basis because they are destined to live together in this part of the world. They don't want to hear that despite all the problems life continues and that ordinary Arab and Jewish parents who wake up in the morning just want to send their children to school and go to work before returning home safely and happily.
 
What is happening on the U.S. campuses is not about supporting the Palestinians as much as it is about promoting hatred for the Jewish state. It is not really about ending the "occupation" as much as it is about ending the existence of Israel.
 
Many of the Palestinian Authority and Hamas officials I talk to in the context of my work as a journalist sound much more pragmatic than most of the anti-Israel, "pro-Palestinian" folks on the campuses.
 
Over the past 15 years, much has been written and said about the fact that Palestinian school textbooks don't promote peace and coexistence and that the Palestinian media often publishes anti-Israel material.
 
While this may be true, there is no ignoring the fact that the anti-Israel campaign on U.S. campuses is not less dangerous. What is happening on these campuses is not in the frame of freedom of speech. Instead, it is the freedom to disseminate hatred and violence. As such, we should not be surprised if the next generation of jihadists comes not from the Gaza Strip or the mountains and mosques of Pakistan and Afghanistan, but from university campuses across the U.S.
 
 

zaterdag 21 maart 2009

Zijn Britse media geobsedeerd door Israel?

Zijn Britse media geobsedeerd door Israel?

Een discussie die in veel Westerse landen van toepassing is. Johan Remkes (VVD) pleit naar aanleiding van een kritisch rapport over de NOS-berichtgeving in de Gaza Oorlog voor een BBC-model. De BBC is in haar berichtgeving over Israel en de Palestijnen echter waarschijnlijk even eenzijdig als de NOS. Ook op andere onderwerpen wordt haar objectiviteit betwist, er is zelfs een website http://www.bbcbias.co.uk/ 
"BBC bias" (met aanhalingstekens) levert circa 37.800 Google hits op, met Israel in het zoekvernster erbij circa 20.000 (waaronder ook pro-Palestijnen die klagen over een pro-Israel bias bij de BBC...).
 
Wouter
 
"The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It's a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias", Andrew Marr, the Daily Mail, Oct 21st, 2006.
 
Dat is niet "liberaal" zoals de VVD voor ogen staat.
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Event Update
20 March 2009

Just Journalism Discussion Series

On Tuesday, Just Journalism hosted a panel debate addressing the question: Do the British media have an obsession with Israel? Chaired by Jewish Chronicle editor Stephen Pollard, Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow, former Chatham House senior research fellow Robin Shepherd, Daily Mail city editor Alex Brummer and former New Statesman editor Peter Wilby, expressed a range of opinions and prompted lively contributions from an audience of more than 130 people.

Israel reporting: an obsession?

Robin Shepherd argued strongly that the media do have an obsession with Israel. He claimed Israel's treatment by British journalists is irrational and that legitimate criticism has morphed into demonisation. He also described comparisons made between Israel and Nazi Germany or Apartheid South Africa as fundamentally unreasonable, and contended that journalists failed to address Hamas' anti-Semitic ideology.

Channel 4's Jon Snow argued, 'if there were an obsession with this issue, we'd have resolved it by now.' He said that, in fact, the Israeli-Palestinian issue was neglected by the political classes, who were ultimately responsible for breeding hatred in the region. The media, he contended, 'are left to take the can'.

Peter Wilby made a wider point that the contemporary focus on images and casualty figures in news reporting gives the impression that there is a media obsession. He added 'this is an area in which everything is contested', concluding that the media 'can't win' in pleasing sympathisers on both sides of the conflict.

The  practical realities for journalists

Alex Brummer explained how the competitiveness of the news industry places great pressures on journalists reporting from the region. Responding to a question concerning inaccurate reports about an Israeli attack on a UN school in Gaza in January, Jon Snow claimed that the nature of conflict journalism necessitates the difficult task of reporting events as they take place, despite the scarcity of facts at the time. 

Jon Snow also made the point that Israel's decision to ban journalists from Gaza made some inaccurate reporting inevitable.  Robin Shepherd disagreed, drawing a parallel with similar difficulties facing journalists reporting from Chechnya. He maintained that journalistic standards 'must not go out the window' in such conditions.

On the issue of sources used to corroborate reports, raised by Peter Wilby, Robin Shepherd argued against the use of sources exclusively from organisations that are known for holding partial views on Israel.

All the panellists agreed that journalists do not necessarily have a personal agenda to criticise Israel. Robin Shepherd argued that improper reporting is often the result of institutionalised attitudes that perpetuate within news organisations.  

The extent of media accountability
 
Discussion about the recent pressures of reporting from Israel provoked questions about whether the mechanisms for maintaining the media's accountability are adequate. Jon Snow argued that one of the distinctive strengths of Britain's broadcast media was its accessible regulatory framework. He commented: 'I am regulated by it and I bask in it'. Alex Brummer added that editors take the available complaints framework very seriously.

This was the first in a series of discussions hosted by Just Journalism.

Read about the event in this week's Jewish Chronicle.

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vrijdag 20 maart 2009

Fatah erkent Israel nog steeds niet, erkenning door PA dient alleen voor internationale steun


Dit is onthullend, maar misschien niet eens echt verbazingwekkend. Het is duidelijk dat de regering van de Palestijnse Autoriteit Israel vooral erkende en het geweld afwees om taktische redenen, en dat blijkt nu eens te meer. Hoe hol die erkenning is, blijkt overigens ook uit het feit dat de PA regering weigert om Israel als Joodse staat te erkennen. Men is bereid te erkennen dat er een staat bestaat genaamd Israel, maar niet dat dit de staat van het Joodse volk is zoals Palestina de staat van de Palestijnen zal worden. Met flauwe smoezen als dat men geen religieus-Joodse staat kan accepteren en men daarmee de discriminatie van Arabieren in Israel zou goedkeuren, heeft de Palestijnse Autoriteit het principe van twee staten voor twee volken stilletjes aan de kant gezet, en de internationale gemeenschap en media negeren dat, want het verpest het mooie idee dat er een gematigd leiderschap is aan Palestijnse kant waarmee Israel en de rest van de wereld zaken kan doen.
 
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Bulletin March 17, 2009
Palestinian Media Watch

Western funders misled:
Fatah still refuses to recognize Israel,
PA's "recognition" only to receive international aid
by Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook

 
When Western countries met last month to pledge billions of dollars in funding to the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority, they stressed that Hamas would not receive funding until it recognized Israel. However, a senior Fatah leader, Muhammad Dahlan, admitted yesterday on Palestinian Authority television that Fatah - just like Hamas - still does not recognize Israel.

Furthermore, he said that the Palestinian Authority's apparent "recognition" is to make the PA "acceptable" to the international community, and therefore allow it to continue to receive international aid:

"I want to say for the thousandth time, in my own name and in the name of all of my fellow members of the Fatah movement: We do not demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. On the contrary, we demand of the Hamas movement not to recognize Israel, because the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel even today."

It is only the Palestinian Authority government, Dahlan insisted, that must "recognize" Israel - not out of conviction or sincerity, but in order to receive the needed help of the international community. This help would not come, says Dahlan, if the PA government did not "recognize" Israel.

The inherent contradiction between the Fatah, headed by "Chairman" Mahmoud Abbas, not recognizing Israel, and the Palestinian Authority, headed by "President" Mahmoud Abbas, "recognizing" Israel, was not challenged by the interviewer.

This is not merely Dahlan's opinion but apparently official PA ideology. It is nearly identical to the 2006 declaration made by Mahmoud Abbas himself that while PA ministers have to "recognize" Israeli ministers across a negotiating table, for functional purposes, this does not imply political recognition by Fatah of Israel:

"Hamas is not required to recognize Israel... It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel."

The following are the two declarations - yesterday's by Dahlan and the earlier one by Abbas - that Fatah does not recognize Israel.

Interview with Muhammad Dahlan, PA TV March 16, 2009:

Dahlan: "There are many distortions that the Hamas movement tries to attribute to us [Fatah]. For instance, they always say that the Fatah movement wants Hamas to recognize Israel. This is a gross deception. And I want to say for the thousandth time, in my own name and in the name of all of my fellow members of the Fatah movement: We do not demand that the Hamas movement recognize Israel. On the contrary, we demand of the Hamas movement not to recognize Israel, because the Fatah movement does not recognize Israel, even today. [...] Therefore, no one can compete with us. We of the Fatah do not recognize Israel; we recognized [corrects himself] recognize that which the PLO recognized, but that does not obligate us as a Palestinian resistance faction."

It is not being demanded of Hamas that it recognize Israel. The government must deal with people's problems... The entire Palestinian economy is dependent on Israel. The government's role is to manage the day-to-day life of the Palestinian people. I cannot force my thinking and my position [non-recognition of Israel] on the government, and then [were I to do so] - should the Palestinian people pay the price for this position? No. I maintain the position of the Hamas and of the Fatah not to recognize Israel, but the government is required to offer medical treatment, to make education easier and take care of it. It must carry out reconstruction. Do you imagine that Gaza's reconstruction is possible under the shadow of this political bickering between us and the international community?

Moderator: Why must the new government recognize the PLO's commitments?

Dahlan: It's not the political parties [that must recognize]; it's required of the government and not of the parties. It's required of the government but not of Hamas; it's required of the government but not of the Fatah, so that this government will be able to offer the necessary assistance, to carry out the necessary reconstruction, to offer assistance to the sick, to bring relief to needy families... This can be dealt with [only] by a government that has relations with the international community, one that is acceptable to the international community, in order that we can work together and benefit from the international community."


Click to view Dahlan's statement that Fatah does not recognize Israel:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTQ5CNYLoXE

The following interview with Mahmoud Abbas was broadcast on Al-Arabiya [based in Dubai] and Palestinian TV on Oct. 3, 2006:

The host is discussing with Mahmoud Abbas the difference between Hamas and Fatah preventing the establishing of a Palestinian unity government.

Host: "But maybe Hamas is right regarding the fact that it does not want to recognize Israel."

Abbas [snaps]: "Hamas is not required, Hamas is not required to recognize Israel... It is not required of Hamas, or of Fatah, or of the Popular Front to recognize Israel, all right?

"The PLO, in 1993, recognized Israel. As Israel recognized the PLO. Every person has the right to say 'I do not recognize,' okay? It's your right. It is the right of every organization. But the government which will be formed, and which will function opposite the Israelis on a daily basis... every hour and perhaps every second, there will be contact between Palestinian ministers and Israeli ministers. And I ask - how can this government, or these ministers, not recognize their counterparts, and then solve people's problems?" [Abbas then gives an example of $500 million in taxes intended for the Palestinians, but put on hold by Israelis. The Palestinian finance minister has to come to an agreement with the Israeli finance minister regarding the transfer of that money.] "So how can he make an agreement with him if he does not recognize him?"

"So I do not demand of Hamas nor any other [organizations] to recognize Israel. But from the government that works with Israelis in day to day life, yes."

Click to view Abbas's statement:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7ERHWA1Hlo
 
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woensdag 4 maart 2009

Een bezoek aan Gaza geeft een ander beeld dan de media

 
Er komt steeds meer informatie naar voren waaruit blijkt dat wat de media over Gaza berichtten niet klopt. Israel heeft de UNRWA school niet beschoten, maar bijna alle media namen deze lezing van het gebeurde zonder meer over. Er waren geen 40 doden gevallen bij beschietingen in de buurt van de school, maar 12, waarvan het merendeel Hamas strijders. Gaza blijkt niet aan puin geschoten, maar met name Hamas gebouwen zijn getroffen. En de Samouni familie werd waarschijnlijk niet door Israel vermoord. Zoals wel vaker blijken veel aantijgingen van Hamas niet te kloppen, maar ze heben hun werk al gedaan, en de media besteden geen aandacht meer aan de nieuwe feiten.

Zie ook: Onderzoek NOS berichtgeving over Israel en Gaza Oorlog (IMO Blog)

 
I'm a poet, an English Jew and a frequent visitor to Israel. Deeply disturbed by the reports of wanton slaughter and destruction during Operation Cast Lead, I felt I had to see for myself. I flew to Tel Aviv and on Wednesday, January 28, using my press card to cross the Erez checkpoint, I walked across the border into Gaza where I was met by my guide, a Palestinian journalist. He asked if I wanted to meet with Hamas officials. I explained that I'd come to bear witness to the damage and civilian suffering, not to talk politics. 
 

What I saw was that there had been precision attacks made on all of Hamas' infrastructure. Does UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticize the surgical destruction of the explosives cache in the Imad Akhel Mosque, of the National Forces compound, of the Shi Jaya police station, of the Ministry of Prisoners? The Gazans I met weren't mourning the police state. Neither were they radicalized. As Hamas blackshirts menaced the street corners, I witnessed how passersby ignored them.
 
THERE WERE empty beds at Shifa Hospital and a threatening atmosphere. Hamas is reduced to wielding its unchallengeable authority from extensive air raid shelters which, together with the hospital, were built by Israel 30 years ago. Terrorized Gazans used doublespeak when they told me most of the alleged 5,500 wounded were being treated in Egypt and Jordan. They want it known that the figure is a lie, and showed me that the wounded weren't in Gaza. No evidence exists of their presence in foreign hospitals, or of how they might have gotten there.
 
From the mansions of the Abu Ayida family at Jebala Rayes to Tallel Howa (Gaza City's densest residential area), Gazans contradicted allegations that Israel had murderously attacked civilians. They told me again and again that both civilians and Hamas fighters had evacuated safely from areas of Hamas activity in response to Israeli telephone calls, leaflets and megaphone warnings.
 
Seeing Al-Fakhora made it impossible to understand how UN and press reports could ever have alleged that the UNWRA school had been hit by Israeli shells. The school, like most of Gaza, was visibly intact. I was shown where Hamas had been firing from nearby, and the Israeli missile's marks on the road outside the school were unmistakeable. When I met Mona al-Ashkor, one of the 40 people injured running toward Al-Fakhora - rather than inside it as widely and persistently reported - I was told that Israel had warned people not to take shelter in the school because Hamas was operating in the area, and that some people had ignored the warning because UNWRA previously told them that the school would be safe. Press reports that fatalities numbered 40 were denied.
 
I WAS TOLD stories at Samouni Street which contradicted each other, what I saw and later media accounts. Examples of these inconsistencies are that 24, 31, 34 or more members of the Fatah Samouni family had died. That all the deaths occurred when Israel bombed the safe building it had told 160 family members to shelter in; the safe building was pointed out to me but looked externally intact and washing was still hanging on a line on one of its balconies. That some left the safe building and were shot in another house. That one was shot when outside collecting firewood. That there was no resistance - but the top right hand window of the safe building (which appears in a BBC Panorama film Out of the Ruins" aired February 8) has a black mark above it - a sign I was shown all day of weaponry having been fired from inside. That victims were left bleeding for two or three days.
 
I saw large scoured craters and a buckled container which appeared to have been damaged by an internal impact (its external surfaces were undamaged). Media accounts of Samouni Street don't mention these possible indications of explosive caches (although the container is visible on media footage). The Samouni family's elder told me during a taped interview that he had a CD film of the killings. As far as I'm aware, no such film has been made public. He also told me that there are members of his family who have still not been found.
 
The media have manufactured and examined allegations that Israel committed a war crime against the Samounis without mentioning that the family are Fatah and that some of its members are still missing. They have not considered what might flow from those facts: that Hamas might have been active not only in the Samouni killings but in the exertion of force on the Samounis to accuse Israel.
 
THE GAZA I saw was societally intact. There were no homeless, walking wounded, hungry or underdressed people. The streets were busy, shops were hung with embroidered dresses and gigantic cooking pots, the markets were full of fresh meat and beautiful produce - the red radishes were bigger than grapefruits. Mothers accompanied by a 13-year-old boy told me they were bored of leaving home to sit on rubble all day to tell the press how they'd survived. Women graduates I met in Shijaya spoke of education as power as old men watched over them.
 
No one praised their government as they showed me the sites of tunnels where fighters had melted away. No one declared Hamas victorious for creating a forced civilian front line as they showed me the remains of booby trapped homes and schools.
 
From what I saw and was told in Gaza, Operation Cast Lead pinpointed a totalitarian regime's power bases and largely neutralized Hamas's plans to make Israel its tool for the sacrifice of civilian life.
 
Corroboration of my account may be found in tardy and piecemeal retractions of claims concerning the UNWRA school at Al-Fakhora; an isolated acknowledgment that Gaza is substantially intact by The New York Times; Internet media watch corrections; and the unresolved discrepancy between the alleged wounded and their unreported whereabouts.
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The writer is a poet and freelance writer who lives in London. Her collection Boukhara was a 2008 Smith/Doorstop prize winner. She also translates the poetry of Semyon Lipkin, the Russian World War II poet.

zondag 1 maart 2009

NOS Journaal hielt eenzijdige praatjes over Israël-Gaza Oorlog

 
Moet de politiek zich met de inhoud van het NOS journaal bemoeien? Ik zou zeggen van niet. Maar wanneer blijkt dat de NOS zeer suggestief bericht over zaken, is dat wel reden tot zorg. Ook kan men van de NOS, die met gemeenschapsgeld wordt gefinancieerd, een bepaalde kwaliteit verwachten.
Het is goed dat het onderzoek dat Israel Facts en WAAR onlangs deden wordt opgepikt door enkele kranten en een politieke partij, al is dit (vooralsnog) slechts uit streng christelijke hoek. Ik vraag mij af of er meer aandacht voor een onderzoek zou zijn dat tot een tegenovergestelde conclusie zou zijn gekomen. 
Het zou mooi zijn als een en ander tot een bredere discussie over de berichtgeving over het Israelisch-Palestijns conflict zou leiden.
 
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Eenzijdige praatjes
27-02-2009 18:27 | Jan van Klinken
http://www.refdag.nl/artikel/1394661/Eenzijdige+praatjes.html
 
 
SGP'er Van der Vlies heeft minister Plasterk van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap via schriftelijke vragen aan de tand gevoeld over de wijze waarop het NOS Journaal de Israëlische militaire operatie in Gaza heeft verslagen. Het Kamerlid wil dat de bewindsman de omroep op de vingers tikt vanwege het eenzijdige beeld dat de Nederlandse kijker tijdens de drie weken durende oorlog tussen Israël en Hamas kreeg voorgeschoteld.
 
Media beschuldigen van eenzijdigheid is doorgaans een hachelijke onderneming omdat het zo moeilijk is aan te tonen. Maar, dat moet gezegd, de SGP'er komt niet onbeslagen ten ijs. Hij beroept zich op een onderzoek door enkele (kleine) organisaties met een Joodse achtergrond. Zij hebben wekenlang de verslaggeving van het NOS Journaal intensief gevolgd en die vergeleken met de berichtgeving van andere zenders, met name die van het Duitse ZDF en ARD (zeg maar de Duitse NOS).
Nu is het een koud kunstje om zo'n vergelijkend warenonderzoek meteen af te branden. Het is uitgevoerd door sympathisanten van Israël en het kan bijna niet anders of die zijn vooringenomen. Ook is het tamelijk link om vanachter het tv-scherm in een comfortabele huiskamer een verslaggever te velde de maat te nemen. Die wordt overspoeld door tegenstrijdige berichten, maakt voortdurend keuzes met behulp van zijn journalistieke instinct en doet het vervolgens bij een deel van de kijkers altijd verkeerd. Ook op de vergelijking met de Duitse zenders valt wel wat af te dingen. Zowel Duitse politici als journalisten staan erom bekend dat ze hypercorrect tegenover Israël willen handelen. Ze worstelen nog steeds zichtbaar met hun verleden en willen iedere schijn van anti-Joodse sentimenten vermijden. Begrijpelijk, maar goed om in het achterhoofd te houden.
 
Maar wie dat allemaal in rekening brengt, kan toch niet om de bevindingen van de onderzoekers heen. Zo luidt een van hun beschuldigingen aan het adres van de NOS dat de aangerichte verwoestingen in Gaza wekenlang in al hun gruwelijkheid in beeld werden gebracht maar dat voor de vraag waarom Israël tot deze acties was overgegaan, nauwelijks aandacht was. Volgens de NOS-verslaggever hield de oorlog vooral verband met de naderende verkiezingen in Israël en naderhand waren er ook nog wel een paar korte reportages over de situatie in het zuiden van het land, maar daar bleef het bij. Geen uitgebreide cijfers over de regen aan Palestijnse raketten waaronder deze regio al jarenlang gebukt gaat; geen berichtgeving over de inslag van Qassamraketten in -gelukkig op dat moment lege- schoolgebouwen en nauwelijks aandacht voor de bevolking die soms wekenlang in schuilkelders moest doorbrengen. Ter vergelijking: de Duitse ZDF gaf hierover wel veel informatie en had het over psychoterreur.
 
In tegenstelling tot de Duitsers vond de NOS het ook niet nodig om de kijkers uit te leggen met welke tegenstander Israël nu precies van doen had. Zo goed als onvermeld bleef -aldus de onderzoekers- dat Hamas volgens de internationale definitie een terroristische organisatie is die eerst de eigen Palestijnse broeders van Fatah naar de Westelijke Jordaanoever verdreef en bij het begin van de oorlog een deel van de Fatahaanhangers die in Gaza waren gebleven, de dood injoeg of kogels in de benen schoot. Dan konden ze in ieder geval niet collaboreren met Israël. Dat Hamas als belangrijkste doel heeft de Joden uit het Midden-Oosten te verdrijven, vond de NOS evenmin de moeite van het uitlichten waard.
 
Een ander verwijt aan de NOS luidt dat de omroep bij herhaling onjuist informeerde over de slachtoffers. Steeds werd met grote stelligheid gezegd dat de meeste slachtoffers van de militaire operatie burgers waren. De NOS-verslaggever ter plaatse wist dat deze bewering afkomstig was van Palestijnen en dat de informatie van die kant nog onbetrouwbaarder is dan de veertiendaagse weersverwachting. Maar bij de kijker moest kennelijk het beeld worden gevestigd van nietsontziende Israëli's die een ware slachting onder de burgerbevolking aan het aanrichten waren. Nader, vrij nauwkeurig onderzoek van het Israëlische leger heeft intussen aangetoond dat het aantal burgerslachtoffers ongeveer op een derde ligt. Wie bedenkt dat de oorlog werd gevoerd in een uiterst dichtbevolkt gebied, zal op zijn minst moeten erkennen dat de Israëli's niet in het wilde weg aan het schieten en bombarderen zijn geweest.
 
Zo gaat de rapportage nog een tijdje door. De onderzoekers hekelen bijvoorbeeld de gretigheid waarmee de NOS de beschuldigingen overnam dat Israël een VN-school in Gaza vol onschuldige burgers had gebombardeerd. Het nieuws over die aanvallen op weerloze slachtoffers leidde zelfs tot een golf van verontwaardiging.

Inmiddels heeft de VN toegegeven dat die berichtgeving voor geen meter klopte. Er is in de buurt van de school gevochten, wat tot dodelijke slachtoffers heeft geleid. Maar niet in de school. De Israëli's wisten dat al vrij snel want ze beschikten over beelden waarop was te zien dat er vrijwel geen brancards naar de school werden gebracht. Dus ontkende het Israëlische leger de beschuldigingen bij hoog en bij laag. Maar wie geloofde het leger? In ieder geval niet de NOS.
 
Het is een handjevol voorbeelden uit een langere reeks. Voor minister Plasterk lijkt er alle reden te zijn om eens na te gaan of die sloten aan belastinggeld waarop de NOS draait, wel in goede handen zijn. Voor eenzijdige praatjes hebben we immers al de zendtijd voor politieke partijen.