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Media ignores the suffering in Palestine

Issue No. 2008

The mainstream media has failed to report the real issues behind the Israeli invasion.

Yvonne Ridley of the Islam Channel and Respect told Socialist Worker, “We are witnessing wanton destruction and collective punishment. Unfortunately most of the Western media is ignoring it.

“Under international law Gaza is still occupied. All Israel did last autumn was move its troops out of Gaza, but it can still go in whenever it likes. It still controls Gaza’s borders, airspace and sea.

“It is the occupying power and is therefore responsible for the welfare of the Palestinian people. The fourth Geneva Convention applies.

“But Israel is no respecter of international law. The soldier held hostage by the Palestinians was born in France and is a French passport holder.

“There are British passport holders wearing Israeli army uniforms. This is never mentioned by the media. But dare any Muslims go over to pick olives off trees and they are called terrorists.

“I had Yisroel Weiss, an anti-Zionist New York Rabbi, on my show last week. He condemned Israel’s actions and tore up the Israeli flag in the studio.

“The current Israeli operation is the action of Zionists. Not all Zionists are Jews and not all Jews are Zionists.”

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