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IMC News Blast : "PALESTINIANS UNDER SIEGE"

IMC NEWS BLAST: a selection of important news summaries, stories, opinions and media found on a variety of the Independent Media Center websites.
IMC NEWS BLAST: a selection of important news summaries, stories, opinions and media found on a variety of the Independent Media Center websites.


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IMC NEWS BLAST | Thursday, 4 April, 2002 | http://www.indymedia.org





"PALESTINIANS UNDER SIEGE"


Compiled by the Indymedia News Blast Team





IMC Palestine: http://jerusalem.indymedia.org


Breaking news - 4 April 2300 GMT:





The week-long siege continues with even more casualties and attacks on civilians and journalists. Six Palestinian citizens of Israel were severely beaten by Israeli police at a protest outside the US Embassy in Israel. Nine injured internationals are missing after leaving in ambulances from the West Bank to meet embassy officials. A group of Italian politicians tried to enter Tel Aviv to put pressure on Israel to let the internationals leave Bethlehem; Israel refused to negotiate and kicked the delegation out of the country. Israel refused a high-level EU delegation from any form of mediation with or without Arafat; but the US envoy will get to meet Arafat on Friday. Israeli helicopters, tanks, and troops fight with armed Palestinians in Nablus. Israel has taken over 1,000 prisoners. Food and water is running out for everyone under the occupation. Corpses are rotting in the streets. A newborn baby died at the Dheishe UN Medical Clinic today because IDF soldiers would not allow the ambulance passage to the hospital. All reporters within the seige are being intentionally targeted by IDF snipers.





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IMC NEWS BLAST: a selection of important news summaries, stories, opinions and media found on a variety of the Independent Media Center websites.





An online version of of this NEWS BLAST is posted here:


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/5007.php





Translations will follow and will be posted as comments to the online version.


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TABLE OF CONTENTS:





1. SUMMARY





2. BREAKING NEWS


* Uncensored continuous coverage on Indymedia sites


* Contacts in Palestine





3. KEY ARTICLES


* Eyewitness accounts and other reports


* Israeli Refuseniks


* History and Political Analysis


* International activists in Palestine


* International journalists in Palestine under attack


* Palestinian protests in the occupied territories





4. IMC COVERAGE


* Photos


* Audio


* General





5. WORLDWIDE SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATIONS


* International solidarity protests


* How can I protest?





6. THE LAUNCH OF IMC-PALESTINE


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org -- innovative coverage of a civil war





7. MEDIA CRITICISM


* Critiques of corporate media coverage





8. KEY RESOURCES


* Middle-East Media


* Other Alternative Media


* Activist resources





9. FEEDBACK





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1. SUMMARY:





Protests erupted when Ariel Sharon, Israel's most agressive military leader, came to power in 2000, and then brought 1000 armed Israeli soldiers to Jerusalem's holiest site. The Israeli military attacked civilians and Palestinian suicide bombers retaliated. The siege against the Palestinian people has been accelerating since the breakdown of the Oslo peace accords two years ago. Over 300 Israeli army officers and troops are refusing to participate in the occupation. Titular Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, is under siege in his office; Egypt has suspended most diplomatic relations with Israel, and other Arab countries might get involved following massive Anti-Israel civilian protests.





Media coverage of the Palestinain-Israeli conflict is shockingly problematic, political, and uneven--especially in the United States. But hundreds of thousands of international readers are depending on Indymedia as a primary source for breaking news -- articles, photographs, audio and video -- from the occupied terroritories. Many of our journalists are being held captive or are under siege, while many other people who have access to the internet continue to publish to the IMC-Palestine site. This newsblast contains essential reading to give those reports context and balance.





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2. BREAKING NEWS





~ Uncensored continuous coverage on Indymedia sites ~


Eyewitness accounts, photos, audio interviews and video:





Jerusalem, Palestine -- http://jerusalem.indymedia.org


Tel Aviv, Israel -- http://indymedia.org.il


Italy -- http://italy.indymedia.org/


New York City -- http://www.nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=21783


Washinton, DC -- http://dc.indymedia.org


San Fransisco -- http://sf.indymedia.org/


United Kingdom -- http://uk.indymedia.org/





~ IMC Journalist Contacts in Palestine ~





(for international dialing drop the 0 before the phone number)


English - Heather 00 972 (0) 67 270 398


English - Georgina 00 972 (0) 55 840 767/ 00 972 (0) 674 5459


English - IMC Palestine 00 972 (0) 2 277 7558


Arabic/English - Bilal 00 972 (0) 52 814 992


Italian - Francesca 00 39 3389 77 3899





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3. KEY ARTICLES





~ Eyewitness accounts and other reports ~





Life here has stopped


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/2472.php


American Woman Shot Dead By Israeli Soldiers


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/3062.php


A diary project on Electronic Intifada


http://www.electronicintifada.net/diaries/archives/


900 of the 1100 arrested palestinians are held in a detention camp inside the Ofra settlement near Nablus.


http://italy.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=45809&group=webcast


Sean Riordan of the Palestine IMC gives an interview to CNN (transcript)


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/3831.php


Two Women's Reports from April 3 Demonstrations at A'Rahm and Calandia Checkpoints


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/4932.php


News From Sussex Students in Palestine:


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/4791.php


Adam Shapiro Ranks As a Mideast Hero and an example of a Jew with a conscience:


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/4806.php


Invasion planned last summer:


http://www.israelinsider.com/channels/security/articles/sec_0057.htm


Refugees in our own Land by Muna Hamzeh:


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/4807.php





~ Israeli refuseniks ~





http://www.seruv.org.il/defaulteng.asp





~ History and Political Analysis ~





An extensive article on the history of the Palestine - Israel conflict


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/3830.php


Israel's new economy and the intifada:


http://csf.colorado.edu/mail/psn/2002/msg00878.html


Detailed maps (high resolution):


http://www.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=162262&group=webcast


http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/cartes/#Proche-Orient


In-depth discussion on Israel / Palestine conflict by Noam Chomsky


http://www.zmag.org/content/Mideast/chomsky_palestine_april2.cfm


Crisis in Palestine - by Stephen Shalom


http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2002-04/03shalom.cfm


Political articles by Tanya Reinhard (Hebrew & English)


http://www.tau.ac.il/~reinhart/political/politicalE.html


Articles by Edward Said (on Counterpunch)


http://www.counterpunch.org/cgi-bin/htsearch?config=conf%2Fcounterpunch.org&words=edward+said&p=search&words=&Search=Search


Links to articles by Israel Shahak


http://www.robotwisdom.com/issues/shahak.html





~ International activists in Palestine ~





Statement by Americans in the Palestinian Refugee Camp in Azza


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/2700.php





~ International journalists in Palestine under attack ~





Indymedia Journalists Shot at in Deheishe


http://sf.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/120401.php


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/2250.php


http://ftp.autistici.org/pub/indy/video_palestina/beit_jala_activists_shot.rm


http://stream.realimpact.org/rihurl.ram?file=webactive/demnow/dn20020401.ra&start=9:34.8


http://www.webactive.com/freespeech/fsrn20020401.html


http://news.bbc.co.uk/olmedia/1905000/video/_1905587_mideast17_guerin_vi.ram





Detailed account of the shooting of the boston globe reporter and of a palestinian journalist hit at the same time.


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/2945.php


Journalists Under Fire in the Occupied Territories


http://www.nyc.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=21949&group=webcast


Soldiers open fire on peace delegates - by Juan Gonzalez


http://www.nydailynews.com


Committee to Protect Journalists


http://www.cpj.org/attacks00/mideast00/Israel.html


Letter to committee to protect journalists by John Katz


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/4314.php





~ Palestinian protests ~





Report on the Israeli-Palestine peace protest at Calandia (and the repression:


http://www.jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/3955.php





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4. IMC COVERAGE





~ Photos ~





Photo's from Palestine


http://argentina.linefeed.org/news/2002/04/1781.php


Pictures from bombardments & buildings in Deheishe


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/01/


Pictures from demonstrations, children & buildings in Deheishe


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/02/


Pictures from a refugee camp


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/02tm/


International Peace Activists & soldiers at Deheishe


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/05/


Various Pictures of people in a refugee camp.


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/06/


International Activists in Beit Jala


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/07/


Nightly pictures of tanks in Deheishe


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/08/


Israeli Army in Deheishe


http://www.indymedia.it/palestina/09/





~ Audio ~





Interviews with an IMC-Palestine member:


http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/madison/bilalimcpalestine040102.mp3


http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/washingtondc/040102_interview_heather_imc-palestine__s.mp3


http://clients.loudeye.com/imc/washingtondc/040202_interview_sean_imc-palestine__s.mp3


Interview with Sam Bahour, an American Palestinian


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4507


Rocking the Boat: Update from Bethlehem


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4515


Interview with Adam Shapiro


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4496


Personal Reports on Israeli Tanks Surrounding Bethlehem


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4501


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4495


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4494


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4493


Interview with Trevor Baumgarter of the International Solidarity Movement


http://radio4all.net/proginfo.php?id=4470


Scott Harris' programm "Between the Lines)


http://www.wpkn.org/wpkn/news/btl041202.ram


U.S. Activists Take Beit Jala Girl To Hospital


http://radio.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=1133&group=webcast


Audio on IMC Palestine


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/?category=&medium=audio


Indymedia Israel Radio


http://www.indymedia.org.il/radio/indymedia.m3u


Overview of audio files on Palestine


http://www.ondarossa.info/sp_palestina.php





Special Palestine Radio Feature:


http://radio.indymedia.org





~ General ~





IMC Global Website with over 75 locals


http://www.indymedia.org





IMC Radio (for special coverage and commentary on recent events):


http://radio.indymedia.org





IMC Print (weekly news summaries in distributable newsletter-flyer format) with a Special Edition Palestine 30 March:


http://print.indymedia.org





IMC TV (ongoing video coverage from various IMCs)


http://www.indymedia.org/video/imc.ram





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5. WORLDWIDE SOLIDARITY DEMONSTRATIONS





~ International solidarity actions ~





A regularly updated overview of solidarity actions worldwide including reports, photo essays, video, and audio recordings:


http://seattle.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=12464&group=webcast





Solidarity demonstration at the embassy in Canada


http://jerusalem.indymedia.org/news/2002/04/3894.php





~ How can I protest? ~





Comprehensive list of things to do to protest the IDF Invasion:


http://www.commondreams.org/views02/0403-03.htm


http://www.rapprochement.org)





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6. THE LAUNCH OF IMC-PALESTINE





The IMC-Palestine website, launched 28 March, 2002, brings Indymedia innovation to the civil war. Using Indymedia's innovative "open-publishing" newswire, journalists and activists on the scene have had the ability to upload articles, images, audio, and video, directly and immediately to the Indymedia newswires, without the filters and controls of most media. With very little publicity, the IMC-Palestine site has had phenomenal traffic, a testament to the poignancy of immediate, and authentic, grassroots reporting.





See site traffic statistics here: http://blackcat.linefeed.org/~joshua/imc-palestine/





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7. MEDIA CRITICISM





Palestine Media Watch monitors Palestine-related news, exposing biases and misinformation.


http://www.pmwatch.org/pmw/main.html


An introduction to the development of media bias on Palestine:


http://www.electronicintifada.net/introduction.html


Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's Middle East page (Including CounterSpin):


http://www.fair.org/international/middle-east.html


On the modus operandi of CNN: interview from CNN with Sean Riordan (of IMC Palestine):


http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0204/03/lt.18.html


and afterwarths mis-identified as "an activist"


http://www.cnn.com/2002/WORLD/meast/04/03/mideast/index.html


On censorship and an appeal on autocensorship in Israeli media


http://lulu.vu/censored.ram


Israel launches 'image management' campaign


http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0402/p07s02-wome.html


Parallax and Palestine


http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20020311&s=guttenplan


Cut Through the Lies in Palestine


by Justin Podur


http://www.zmag.org/sustainers/content/2002-04/02podur.cfm


Criticism on Belgian newspaper "De Morgen"'s coverage of the war in Palestine (Dutch).


http://belgium.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=20333&group=webcast


http://belgium.indymedia.org/front.php3?article_id=20278


Institute for Public Accuracy:


http://www.accuracy.org/press_releases/PR040102.htm


http://www.accuracy.org





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8. KEY RESOURCES





~ Middle East Media ~





http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AAN2


http://www.ahram.org.eg/weekly/


http://www.afgha.com


http://www.afghannews.net/


http://www.alternativenews.org/


http://www.amin.org


http://www.electronicintifada.com


http://www.haaretzdaily.com


http://www.israelinsider.com/index.htm


http://www.jmcc.org


http://www.middleeast.org/mernew.htm


http://www.palestinechronicle.com


http://www.palestinemonitor.org/


http://www.wafa.pna.net/EngText/16-09-2001/page004.htm


http://www.solidarite-palestine.org/





Palestinian media links:


http://www.birzeit.edu/links/nnm.html





Corporate media covering the Middle East:


http://www.amin.org/jourmag/index.html





Middle East in Focus with host Don Bustany (Wednesday at 2pm, KPFK Los Angeles 90.7FM)--streamed over the internet at http://www.kpfk.org


Voice of Palestine (Tuesday at 8pm on Vancouver's Co-op Radio, CFRO 102.7FM)--not streamed (yet)


http://www.coopradio.org





~ activist resources ~





http://www.protest.net


http://www.zmag.org


http://www.batshalom.org


http://www.coalitionofwomen4peace.org


http://www.ccmep.org/


http://www.eff.org


http://www.gush-shalom.org/english/index.html


http://www.igc.org/igc/gt/PeaceNet/


http://www.igc.org/balkans/wib/


http://www.nonviolence.org/


http://www.nowarcollective.com


http://www.peace-action.org/


http://www.peace.protest.net


http://www.warresisters.org/


http://www.womenwagingpeace.net





~ other alternative media coverage and analysis ~





http://www.newsgrist.com (collection of analysis and background links)


http://dlis.gseis.ucla.edu/people/pagre/sofar.html (another


collection from Red Rock Eater News)


http://www.abunimah.org


http://www.alternet.org/?IssueAreaID=28


http://www.btlonline.org


http://www.commondreams.org


http://www.counterpunch.org


http://www.democracynow.org


http://www.fair.org


http://www.fpif.org/indices/regions/mideast.html


http://www.fstv.org


http://www.fsrn.org


http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east


http://argument.independent.co.uk/leading_articles/


http://www.islam-online.net/English/index.shtml


http://www.mediachannel.org


http://www.poynter.org/medianews


http://www.pacifica.org


http://www.radioforall.org


http://www.stratfor.com


http://www.truthout.com


http://www.znet.org





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9. FEEDBACK





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The IMC is a decentralized network of independent media makers, organizers, and activists working to increase democracy and social justice by reporting events and producing information as acts of autonomy, resistance, and liberation. This News Blast was compiled by a working group comprised of


individuals throughout the network.





The IMC was established to cover the WTO protests in Seattle in November, 1999. Hundreds of media activists have since set up nearly sevently independent media centers around the world, including sites in Argentina, Belgium, Brasil, Chiapas, Canada, France, Italy, Nigeria, Palestine, South Africa, Sydney, U.S. and many more.





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