heard on the lunch time news today (March 14) that
Israeli Occupation Forces had killed another eleven
Palestinians over the past twenty four hours.
was a short report, about twenty to thirty seconds
in length, giving one the impression it was virtually
an afterthought .... a throwaway line, meriting little,
if any, attention.
suicide bombings, which frequently result in fewer
casualties, there was no sense of urgency, no dramatic
film footage, no scenes of devastation or frantic
rescue efforts, no grieving families and friends,
no bleeding bodies carried from the rubble - and not
even one name.
Why such blatant disparity in reporting? Are Palestinians
less "human" than Israelis? Are their deaths
less "important" and, thus, less newsworthy?
And what does it say of our society, indeed, our humanity,
that we unquestionably accept this unbalanced reporting
of the Palestine-Israel "conflict"?
another eleven Palestians killed, to add to the over
200 others ALREADY killed by the Israeli Occupation
Force since Jan. 2003. Only another eleven Palestians
killed, to add to the over 2,500 others ALREADY killed
by the IOF since Jan. 2001.
another eleven Palestinian casualties of Israel's
illegal, inhumanely brutal, 35 years long occupation
of Palestine. An occupation that kills, maims, denies
Palestinian children education, suffocates with continuous
curfews and road blocks, demolishes homes and agricultural
land daily, humiliates and starves - all in contravention
of Human Rights laws, and in breach of about 80 United
it's only Palestinians, so who cares? Well, actually,
I do, as do numerous people like me. It's time for
us to stand up and be counted. Silence is NOT an option
when the annihilation of an entire People is taking
place right in front of our very eyes.
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