IRISH MAINSTREAM MEDIA'S DISTORTION OF THE CARNAGE IN JERUSALEM AND GAZA

IAWM PR 14 MAY 2021

IRISH MAINSTREAM MEDIA'S DISTORTED COVERAGE OF EVENTS IN GAZA AND JERUSALEM

A short letter sent to all three Irish broadsheets yesterday. Unpublished of course.

Why is the Irish media clearly distorting the reality in its reportage of the carnage unfolding in Gaza?

Why does it not respect the democratic wishes of the people of Palestine (not just in Gaza) from the 2006 election?

Why do Irish journalists and editors not investigate the complicity of US and EU Governments, in supporting Israel, through massive arms sales?

Dear Editor,

is there any hope that for once we could hear a US President or an Irish Foreign Affairs Minister acknowledge that Palestinians have a right to defend themselves, a right we know exists for the Israeli state because we hear it all the time? An occupied peoples' right to resist is enshrined in international jurisprudence. Is there any chance we could also for once hear our national broadcaster and other media outlets not refer to Hamas members as militants, but instead perhaps as the duly elected Government of Palestine? Remember that election of 2006 which former US President Jimmy Carter described as one of the fairest he had ever witnessed? Is there any hope that when commentators are referring to Israel they will call it as it is - a racist apartheid State that perpetuates a permanent violence on the Palestinian people whose lands they occupy or besiege?

Yours etc.

JIM ROCHE,
PRO Irish Anti-War Movement,
PO Box 9260,
Dublin 1.

SAVE SHEIKH JARRAH, END THE SIEGE OF GAZA! FREE PALESTINE!

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SAVE SHEIKH JARRAH - IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST NOW SANCTION ISRAEL OVER ITS CONTINUED ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE

IRISH ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT

PRESS RELEASE ON ISRAELI ASSAULT ON PALESTINIANS IN JERUSALEM – 11 MAY 2021

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#FreePalestine

• ISRAEL MUST STOP ITS ETHNIC CLEANSING OF JERUSALEM AND ITS HAR-RASSEMENT OF PALESTINIANS
• ACTIONS HAVE POTENTIALLY FOMENTED YET ANOTHER ISRAELI / HAMAS WAR
• ALL MILITARY ACTION MUST CEASE
• IRISH GOVERNMENT MUST NOW SANCTION ISRAEL

The latest violence in occupied Jerusalem is a product of Israel’s decades long continued policy of ethnic cleansing and harassment of indigenous Palestinians.

Israel is threatening to ethnically cleanse Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem. Backed by the state and its discriminatory laws, settler groups have claimed ownership of the land in Sheikh Jarrah and implemented a creeping takeover of Palestinian homes, aided and abetted by Israeli courts and the security forces. The plans to forcibly dispossess the families is part and parcel of Israel's ongoing policy of altering the demographic balance of the city, by ethnically cleansing Palestinians, while simultaneously providing financial and political support for illegal Jewish-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

It is quite understandable and morally justified that Palestinians have protested against this threat as any group so threatened anywhere in the world would do. The Israeli State has responded with fa-miliar brutality attacking both protesters on the streets and worshippers in Islam’s third most sacred shrine, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, injuring hundreds.

World leaders as usual have uttered muted, meaningless responses. Imagine a Christian cathedral in Europe being attacked by military forces in such a discriminatory fashion as was witnessed at Al-Aqsa Mosque yesterday morning. What would the response of world leaders be then?

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Israel is attempting to ethnically cleanse Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem. Four of the Palestinian families face the prospect of being evicted this week.

As Palestinians protest in Jerusalem against these evictions, and Israel's ongoing programme of ethnic cleansing, Israeli forces have responded with brutality, including an assault on worshippers at Al Aqsa Mosque that has wounded hundreds.

Backed by the state and its discriminatory laws, settler groups have claimed ownership of the land in Sheikh Jarrah and implemented a creeping takeover of Palestinian homes, aided and abetted by Israeli courts and the security forces.
The plans to forcibly dispossess the families is part and parcel of Israel's attempt to alter the demographic balance of the city, by ethnically cleansing Palestinians, while simultaneously providing financial and political support for illegal Jewish-only settlements built on stolen Palestinian land.

The UK government must take immediate action and stop allowing Israel to act with impunity. It must demand an end to current proceedings to evict these families, and start holding Israel accountable for all its actions ,which contribute to the crime of apartheid. This includes through implementing sanctions, and banning the import of goods from Israel's illegal settlements.
In the face of Israel's brutal crimes, we can't remain silent! Come together on the streets to demand our government take action.

SAVE SHEIKH JARRAH, FREE PALESTINE!

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