> NBC news anchor Brian Williams told viewers that,
>   "After six weeks of relative calm today, a second straight day of
> violence in the Middle East. Another suicide bombing, this time on a
> crowded Tel Aviv bus, that killed five people, injured more than 50.
> As a result, Israeli tanks are once again surrounding Yasir Arafat's
> compound in Ramallah in the West Bank."


Do you know what happened in the US in the last six weeks?


  1. 2,077 AMERICANS were murdered!
  2. 4,846 AMERICANS died in traffic accidents!!
  3. 3,566 AMERICANS committed suicide!!!
  4. 2,890 AMERICANS died of cirrhosis.
  5. 3,592 AMERICANS died of AIDS.
  6. 7,127 AMERICANS died of diabetes.
  7. 9,661 AMERICANS died of the flu and pneumonia.
  8. 62,254 AMERICANS died of cancer.
  9. 84,691 AMERICANS died of heart disease.



Add it up.  This is 180,704 dead AMERICANS.  This is 36,141 TIMES as many dead Americans as dead jews in JUST the last six weeks.


Yet not ONE single one of these 180,704 dead AMERICANS got even one thousandth of a percent of the news coverage as 5 dead jews.


COMBINED, all 180,704 dead AMERICANS got less news coverage than 5 dead jews.




5 dead jews who are CRIMINALS in the eyes of the 151 of 153 nations and 3,000 NGO's at the UN conference in Durban who condemned them as an apartheid, terrorist, racist nation.



5 dead jews who live in a country where 85% of the population want to use nuclear weapons against their "enemies" [read; US], whose religious leaders have ok'd assassination of the parents of "terrorists", who openly and publicly torture anyone they choose, who haven't been able to get along with their own 12 year old neighborhood boys in 4 thousand years http://fathersmanifesto.net/israel.htm


Where's the balance here?


John Knight




----- Original Message -----

From: "earthisnogroundscore" <[email protected]>

To: <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>; <[email protected]>

Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2002 3:03 PM

Subject: [studentsnowar] Fwd: Killings Of Dozens Once Again Called Period Of Calm By US Media by Micha

> --- In [email protected]..., "earthisnogroundscore" <
> [email protected]...> wrote:
> --- In [email protected]..., Morgan <[email protected]...> wrote:
> http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=22&ItemID=2364

> September 20, 2002 The Electronic Intifada
> Killings Of Dozens Once Again Called Period Of Calm By US Media
> by Michael Brown and Ali Abunimah
> Many US media reports were quick to declare that two suicide bombings
> in Israel on September 18 and 19, in which eight Israelis were
> killed, had brought an end to a period of "calm" simply because there
> had been no similar attacks for six weeks and few Israelis had been
> victims of Palestinian violence. In fact, the bombings came at the
> end of a particularly bloody period in which dozens of Palestinians,
> most of them unarmed civilians, and a large number of them children,
> had been killed and injured by Israeli occupation forces. In effect,
> the definition of "calm" or a "lull in violence" inherent in these
> reports is 'only Palestinians are being killed.'
> The Chicago Tribune ran a prominent headline above a report about the
> September 18 bombing in which one Israeli police officer was killed,
> declaring "Bomb breaks 6-week calm" (September 19). The Washington
> Post called the bombings a "flare-up in violence" which broke
> the "relative calm in the Middle East." ("Violent reminder of a
> simmering issue," September 20).
> The Baltimore Sun ran a continuation headline reading "Bombs shatter
> 6 weeks of relative calm" and asserted "a six-week lull in violence
> had given both Israelis and palestinians hope that two years of
> violence might be ending." ("Tel Aviv bus bomb kills five, injures
> 50," September 20).
> NBC news anchor Brian Williams told viewers that,
>   "After six weeks of relative calm today, a second straight day of
> violence in the Middle East. Another suicide bombing, this time on a
> crowded Tel Aviv bus, that killed five people, injured more than 50.
> As a result, Israeli tanks are once again surrounding Yasir Arafat's
> compound in Ramallah in the West Bank."
> Following that introduction, NBC reporter in Tel Aviv, Jim Maceda,
> declared,
>   "Well, after those six weeks with no suicide bombings either in
> Israel proper or the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, some observers here
> believed that they actually saw Palestinians and Israelis inching
> towards a truce, even a peace. But all that was shattered today."
> (The News with Brian Williams, CNBC, September 19, 2002)
> In other words, according to NBC, only suicide bombings, and nothing
> else, fit the definition of violence and if there are no suicide
> bombings, then peace may be at hand. Similarly, on CNN's morning news
> on September 19, Mike Hanna informed viewers that the bombings had
> ended a period of "comparative calm."
> The Los Angeles Times declared that the September 19 bomb in Tel
> Aviv "seemed to burst any illusion that the relative calm of the last
> six weeks was a precursor to peace." Contradicting and making a
> nonsense of its own characterization of the situation, while
> revealing the underlying reality, the same report stated later
>   "Not that the lull has been without violence. Several dozen people -
>  soldiers and civilians - have died on both sides, with the heavier
> toll falling on the Palestinians. Most of the violence has been in
> the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where Palestinians are living under
> Israeli military authority." ("Blast kills Israeli, Ends a lull in
> suicide bombings," September 19, 2002)
> The last few weeks have been anything but a period of "calm" relative
> or otherwise for Palestinians. On September 19, Abdul Salam Sumerin,
> a 9-year-old Palestinian school boy was shot dead when, according to
> Haaretz, Israeli occupation forces "used live fire to disperse a
> crowd of school children challenging the army's attempt to impose a
> curfew on the El Amari refugee camp, in El-Bireh" near Ramallah. (IDF
> kills 9-year old boy in El-Bireh, September 20, 2002). According to
> other reports Israeli forces fired at the children using heavy
> machine guns mounted on armored vehicles.
> Khalid Amayreh writing in the September 13 issue of Middle East
> International reported the following recent attacks against
> Palestinians which would seemingly refute the notion of "comparative"
> or "relative" calm":
> Just after midnight on August 28 four sleeping Palestinian civilians -
> - a mother, her two sons, and a cousin -- were killed in Gaza by an
> Israeli tank firing flechettes, a grisly American-made weapon which
> tears human bodies into unrecognizable fragments of flesh. Eight
> other civilians were injured in that attack. Shortly thereafter an
> Israeli armored vehicle opened fire with heavy machine guns, killing
> a 10-year-old boy and injuring eight other people in Rafah, Gaza.
> Two children aged 8 and 10, two teenagers and a 29-year-old Fatah
> activist were killed in an Israeli missile strike on a civilian car
> and a nearby house in Tubas, near Jenin, on August 31 -- an area
> under full Israeli military occupation. CNN persisted for weeks in
> calling the teens, aged 16 and 17, "bodyguards" despite the fact that
> no credible news agency made the same claim.
> Four Palestinian quarry workers were killed by Israeli soldiers near
> the Israeli settlement of Kiryat Arba on September 1. A witness, who
> survived by hiding in a latrine, said that the soldiers shot his co-
> workers dead one by one. On September 3 in the village of Burin two
> more young men, reportedly uninvolved in resistance activity, were
> killed by Israeli shells.
> Between September 6 and 10 five more Palestinians, three of them
> civilians, being killed by Israeli forces.
> On September 3 an Israeli army bulldozer almost crushed an entire
> family in Rafah in their home. Several homes were bulldozed there on
> September 1 and hundreds of palm and fruit trees in central Gaza were
> bulldozed between September 8 and 9. Just a day before the apparent
> resumption of suicide bombings, eight Palestinian children were
> injured when a bomb, that Israeli authorities suspect was planted by
> Jewish settlers, exploded in their West Bank school.
> Amayreh cites Haaretz's Amira Hass reporting on September 2 that at
> least 39 Palestinian civilians were killed from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1,
> including seven children, 15 teenagers, and two women.
> In addition to dozens of killings and injuries of Palestinians,
> Israeli occupation forces have carried out countless invasions of
> towns and villages, often with columns of twenty tanks or more. These
> invasions leave widespread destruction and terror in their wake. Such
> attacks can hardly be characterized as being an aspect of "calm."
> According to Amayreh, Israeli journalist Danny Rubinstein wrote in
> Haaretz on September 2:
>   "The Palestinian media is full of horrific photos of children
> wounded or killed by IDF fire. Hundreds of photos of the dead and
> wounded, elderly and women, beside tank tracks, fill their pages, as
> do pictures of disabled people in wheelchairs trying to make their
> way over hills, and houses, sometimes entire neighborhoods, reduced
> to rubble."
> Even Israel's president, Moshe Katsav, suggested on September 1 that
> Israeli soldiers had become "trigger-happy," after a weekend in which
> Israeli soldiers killed eleven Palestinians, including six unarmed
> adults and two children. ("Israelis becoming 'trigger happy,'
> President questions army's tactics as 11 die," Daily Telegraph,
> September 2, 2002)
> An Israeli commission looking into three incidents in Gaza, Tubas,
> and Hebron in which Palestinian civilians had been killed determined
> on September 6 that Israeli soldiers had "acted properly in
> accordance with standing orders." CNN's domestic network gave
> significant attention in its coverage to official Israeli expressions
> of regret about killing civilians, but passed over the results of the
> investigation almost entirely.
> These numerous examples demonstrate that there is a widespread
> tendency in the US media to simply ignore or severely underplay
> violence when its victims are Palestinians, while focusing intensely
> on incidents when the victims are Israeli. One of the reasons for the
> disturbing and persistent phenomenon of devaluing Palestinian life
> and death, is a structural geographic bias - most US news
> organizations who have reporters on the ground base them in Tel Aviv
> or west Jerusalem, very far from the places where Palestinians are
> being killed and bombarded on a daily basis.
> But these geographical basing decisions in themselves may reflect an
> underlying calculation that what happens to Israelis is inherently
> more important and newsworthy than anything else in the conflict.
> What it boils down to is that from the perspective of many in the US
> media, Israeli lives are just worth more than those of Palestinians.