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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.
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 | Thursday, 4 April, 2002 |


Compiled by the Indymedia News Blast Team

IMC Palestine:

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.


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:

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





* Uncensored continuous coverage on Indymedia sites

* Contacts in Palestine


* 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


* Photos

* Audio

* General


* International solidarity protests

* How can I protest?

6. THE LAUNCH OF IMC-PALESTINE -- innovative coverage of a civil war


* Critiques of corporate media coverage


* Middle-East Media

* Other Alternative Media

* Activist resources




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.



~ Uncensored continuous coverage on Indymedia sites ~

Eyewitness accounts, photos, audio interviews and video:

Jerusalem, Palestine --

Tel Aviv, Israel --

Italy --

New York City --

Washinton, DC --

San Fransisco --

United Kingdom --

~ 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



~ Eyewitness accounts and other reports ~

Life here has stopped

American Woman Shot Dead By Israeli Soldiers

A diary project on Electronic Intifada

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

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

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

News From Sussex Students in Palestine:

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

Invasion planned last summer:

Refugees in our own Land by Muna Hamzeh:

~ Israeli refuseniks ~

~ History and Political Analysis ~

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

Israel's new economy and the intifada:

Detailed maps (high resolution):

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

Crisis in Palestine - by Stephen Shalom

Political articles by Tanya Reinhard (Hebrew & English)

Articles by Edward Said (on Counterpunch)

Links to articles by Israel Shahak

~ International activists in Palestine ~

Statement by Americans in the Palestinian Refugee Camp in Azza

~ International journalists in Palestine under attack ~

Indymedia Journalists Shot at in Deheishe

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

Journalists Under Fire in the Occupied Territories

Soldiers open fire on peace delegates - by Juan Gonzalez

Committee to Protect Journalists

Letter to committee to protect journalists by John Katz

~ Palestinian protests ~

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



~ Photos ~

Photo's from Palestine

Pictures from bombardments & buildings in Deheishe

Pictures from demonstrations, children & buildings in Deheishe

Pictures from a refugee camp

International Peace Activists & soldiers at Deheishe

Various Pictures of people in a refugee camp.

International Activists in Beit Jala

Nightly pictures of tanks in Deheishe

Israeli Army in Deheishe

~ Audio ~

Interviews with an IMC-Palestine member:

Interview with Sam Bahour, an American Palestinian

Rocking the Boat: Update from Bethlehem

Interview with Adam Shapiro

Personal Reports on Israeli Tanks Surrounding Bethlehem

Interview with Trevor Baumgarter of the International Solidarity Movement

Scott Harris' programm "Between the Lines)

U.S. Activists Take Beit Jala Girl To Hospital

Audio on IMC Palestine

Indymedia Israel Radio

Overview of audio files on Palestine

Special Palestine Radio Feature:

~ General ~

IMC Global Website with over 75 locals

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

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

IMC TV (ongoing video coverage from various IMCs)



~ International solidarity actions ~

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

Solidarity demonstration at the embassy in Canada

~ How can I protest? ~

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



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:



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

An introduction to the development of media bias on Palestine:

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

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

and afterwarths mis-identified as "an activist"

On censorship and an appeal on autocensorship in Israeli media

Israel launches 'image management' campaign

Parallax and Palestine

Cut Through the Lies in Palestine

by Justin Podur

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

Institute for Public Accuracy:



~ Middle East Media ~

Palestinian media links:

Corporate media covering the Middle East:

Middle East in Focus with host Don Bustany (Wednesday at 2pm, KPFK Los Angeles 90.7FM)--streamed over the internet at

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

~ activist resources ~

~ other alternative media coverage and analysis ~ (collection of analysis and background links) (another

collection from Red Rock Eater News)



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