I enhver krig, sies det, er sannheten det første offer.
Kvinner i Gaza lærer å redigere kortfilmer.
Pressen har langt friere vilkår i Israel enn i den arabiske verden. Men heller ikke israelske medier, sier journalisten Lisa Goldman, klarer å dekke Gaza-konflikten på en balansert måte.
Goldman bor i Tel Aviv og var med på protestdemonstrasjonen lørdag 3. januar.
– to the astonishment of everyone I know who was at that demonstration (which included former combat soldiers and those who identify firmly with the Zionist left) the Israeli media either ignored it, buried it or dismissed it. …
Når konfliktene kommer for nær, trekkes også pressen med. Den faglige profesjonaliteten hos redaktører og journalister blir svekket.
In fact – and to my chagrin – the only accurate and neutrally worded report I found is on Al Jazeera’s English website. …
Det offentlige rommet blir trangere og trangere. Men den digitale offentligheten lar seg ikke stenge inne. Bloggerne fortsetter å spre sine synspunkter – i alle tenkelige varianter.
Deltaker og tilskuer
Det jeg reagerer mest på i de norske mediene, er ikke den politiske uenigheten, men den personlige avstanden til det hele. Når norske politikere uttaler seg om Israel og Gazakonflikten, har de fortsatt neste Stortingsvalg i bakhodet. Siv Jensen er mer opptatt av Mads Gilberts partitilhørighet enn av blodet på operasjonsbordet. Den første rødfargen sperrer for den andre.
Demokratiet forutsetter offentlige samtaler. Offentligheten fungerer bare når folk bryr seg om sakene. Problemet med massemedia er at de lett havner for nær makten og pengene. Bloggere som Lisa Goldman gjør det mulig å forstå konflikten fra innsiden – slik vanlige mennesker opplever den.
Både i Palestina og Israel.
Bloggers opposed to the war who write in English
- Freelance journalist Ido Levin (see also this post on the mainstream Israeli media’s largely uncritical coverage of the war);
- Daniella Cheslow, at The Truth Herzl;
- Yohay E., at Things.co.il;
- Yudit Ilany, at OCCUPIED;
- Yuval Ben-Ami, at Everywhere;
- Leila Segal, at The Other Side;
- Bernard Avishai;
- Haim Watzman at South Jerusalem;
- Yishay Mor, at YabaYaba;
- Life Goes on in Gaza and Sderot is co-authored by a Palestinian from Gaza and an Israeli from Sderot. They call themselves Hope Man and Peace Man.
- Jeg oppdaget Lisa Goldman’s blogg via Undercurrent.
- Raising Yousuf and Noor: diary of a Palestinian mother. En blogg fra palestinsk side – via Bård Vegar Solhjell.
Mer fra bloggposten Haniyeh and his sisters:
Here’s the part that seems perfectly normal in Israel, and probably perfectly strange to foreign observers: The Border Police who impassively and non-violently formed a human barrier between the anti-war demonstrators and the racist counter-demonstrators were mostly Druze Arabs. Yup, true. Arab citizens of Israel protected the right of a bunch of thugs to yell racist epithets. …
Indeed, some Hamas militants took time off from their heroic battle against the Zionist enemy to visit Gaza’s Shifa Hospital, where they summarily executed wounded Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel – with a bullet to the brain.
Yes, Hamas is a bunch of fanatic thugs. I remember that they threw Fateh people off of multi-story buildings during the July 2007 coup. I know that they use civilians as human shields. I do understand that Israel has got itself caught in a struggle between Iran, which is funding Hamas, and the Arab states, which hate Hamas and fear Iran.
And yes, Hamas could stop the war if they would just cease firing the rockets. But they will not do that.
So it is up to us: we have it in our power to stop the killing. We can stop the war. And we should stop it, immediately. For their sake and for ours.
This blog is written by 2 friends. One lives in Sajaia refugee camp in Gaza and the other lives in Sderot, a small town near Gaza on the Israeli side. There is ongoing violence between Israel and Gaza which has intensified greatly since October 2000. Many have been killed and many have been injured.
The media coverage on both sides has been extremely biased.
Our Blog is written by 2 real people living and communicating on both sides of the border.
Life must go on in Gaza and Sderot