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Obama Sees Opportunity In Mideast Talks:
A Response to NPR
By Timothy Stinson
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 6, 2010
Your coverage of the four Israelis who were killed
in the occupied West Bank once again raises questions not only of American
media’s objectivity in the coverage of this conflict, but in a broader sense
America’s credibility in the region.
The loss of innocent life on
both sides has been tragic and reprehensible however, the term “Terrorist
Attack” is never used by our (U.S) media when Palestinians and those of
other nationalities including several cases Americans, die at the hands of
In the West Bank while fruit trees and other crops are
destroyed, Palestinian homes are torn down to make way for expanding Israeli
settlements (often with Palestinian families still in them) and Palestinians
endure physical both verbal and physical harassment by both settlers and
Israeli forces alike; our media is no where to be found and American
political leaders either remain silent or openly endorse Israel’s actions.
What raises the most serious doubts of America’s ability to serve as
true broker of peace, even more than its coverage of this conflict are its
actions in the region; more specifically those of President Obama whose
performance in this conflict and others that involve Israel, has been
nothing short of pathetic!
While he voiced condemnation of the
attacks on these Israeli citizens, President Obama has chosen to remain
silent on the deaths of international peace activists (including several
Americans) who’ve been killed by Israeli forces.
In addition, he
has taken no substantive action to halt the theft of Palestinian land by
Israeli settlers, nor has he taken any steps to cut the funding of these
settlements, some of which flows from the United States.
which best demonstrates U.S hypocrisy with regard to this conflict is the
Israeli attack on the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara that occurred earlier
After the killing of several peace activists aboard
this ship by Israeli forces, President Obama not only urged the
international community to “act with restraint”, he also worked to water
down the international statement of condemnation in order to run
interference for Israel.
Shamefully, it appears that the U.S news
media (including NPR) and political leadership not only continue to rely on
a misinformed population in order to maintain public support of Israel’s war
crimes but have also determined that Israeli lives carry a greater value
than Arabs or Persians.
Obama Sees Opportunity In Mideast Talks