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Pulled NBC Reporter Reassigned to Gaza after Protest

by Oui Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 06:03:02 AM EST

In Afghanistan and Iraq we shoot to kill those pesky Al Jazeera reporters, in Egypt coup-president Sisi imprisons local Al Jazeera reporters 7-10 years for mingling with Islamists in Sinai and Msulim Brotherhood leaders, in the United States anno 2014 we just remove them for 'security sake' from the frontlines in Gaza. When Israeli NGO Monitors, MEMRI propaganda or CAMERA reports or IDF insist those journalists are risking Israeli lives. Nationalist fury after the succes of a film about Palestinian plight, nominated for an Oscar as Best Foreign Film. IDF Soldiers Demand Prosecution of 5 Broken Cameras Director for Incitement.

Don't ever refer to Israeli scum as 'scum' while on camera, it'll get you fired - CNN correspondent Diana Magnay  removed after she refers to Israelis as 'scum'.

NBC Reportedly Pulls Reporter Who Witnessed Child Deaths From Gaza

(Business Insider) - NBC News has pulled Ayman Mohyeldin from Gaza after the veteran journalist personally witnessed the death of four Palestinian boys.

"Mohyeldin's reporting has been far more balanced and even-handed than the standard pro-Israel coverage that dominates establishment American press coverage; his reports have provided context to the conflict that is missing from most American reports and he avoids adopting Israeli government talking points as truth. As a result, neocon and 'pro-Israel' websites have repeatedly attacked him as a 'Hamas spokesman' and spouting 'pro-Hamas rants'."

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    Facebook 'photo' of NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin - join the protest
    of Israel's continuoous murder of Palestinians as the world watches

    "Thank you to everyone's support over the past few days," Mohyeldin wrote on his Facebook page. "I'm returning to Gaza to report. Proud of NBC's continued commitment to cover the Palestinian side of this story."

NBC News Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Returning To Gaza

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NBC News Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin Returning To Gaza

(NY Times) - The decision to pull Mr. Mohyeldin off the story, after he witnessed an Israeli air attack that killed four Palestinian children and then posted remarks on Twitter about it, prompted a round of questions, and much criticism of NBC among Internet commenters. Some accused the network of reacting to pressure from the Israeli side of the conflict. Mr. Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American who previously worked for the cable news channel Al Jazeera English.

Other commenters speculated that NBC might have felt that Mr. Mohyeldin showed too much empathy in his social media comments. At one point he wrote, "just spent 45 min see family relative after relative learn that their children have been killed in #Israeli shelling of #Gaza port #horror."

When it removed Mr. Mohyeldin, NBC did not give a reason for its decision, which was first reported by the news sites TVNewser and The Intercept, other than unspecified security concerns.

Innocent and Gone: Israeli Strike on Gaza Kills Four Children by Ayman Mohyeldin and Paul Ziad Nassar

GAZA CITY (NBC News) -  The terrible human toll from the nine-day Gaza conflict was laid bare Wednesday when four Palestinian boys from the same family were killed as they played football on a beach.

Three other children were wounded - one of them critically - in the attack, which appeared to be from Israeli naval shelling near the port area of Gaza City.

There were scenes of anguish at the nearby al-Shifa hospital as the parents of the victims learned of the attack. "My son! My son!" cried the mother of one of the boys.

The attack - and its heartrending aftermath - was witnessed by NBC News. Moments earlier, the boys were playing soccer with journalists on the beach.

Twitter @Ayman Mohyeldin - Moutaz Bakr, 1 of the boys who survived #Israeli shelling, was shaking w a broken army, blood shot eyes, says he saw 3 of his friends killed

The four victims were named as Ahed Atef Bakr and Zakaria Ahed Bakr, both 10 years old, Mohamed Ramez Bakr, 11, and Ismael Mohamed Bakr, 9.

Zakaria's father rushed to the hospital after hearing of the attack only to learn that his son had been killed. "He was my only son ... he died with his cousins, they all died together," he told NBC News.

"We live by the coast. There was a headline on the news that four children were injured ... so we went looking for the kids and we could not find them, so we came here to the hospital to look for them and we found them all, including my son ... oh my God."

'Journalists!' NBC Team Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (NBC News) - Israeli police fired at crowd of Palestinian protesters and four journalists in east Jerusalem on Wednesday, including NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin's team. The police fired rubber bullets and hurled stun grenades at the four who wore protective gear labelled "press" and shouted that they were journalists in Hebrew, English and Arabic. An NBC cameraman was bruised by shrapnel.

Clashes broke out in the Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem after a Palestinian teen was kidnapped and killed. His badly burned body was found overnight. The cousin of a missing boy thought to be the slain teen blamed the killing on Israelis. "It's a clear crime by settlers in revenge for the killing of the three," he said, referring to the abduction and murder of three Israeli teens.

See how unbiased NBC News reports these horrific events in East-Jerusalem, even allowing the Israeli lies and propaganda to be reported:

An Israeli security source told Reuters that it was suspected the youth had been kidnapped and killed, possibly in retribution for the earlier murders. However, the Jerusalem Post reported that police were investigating local family feuds and previous attempts to kidnap a relative of the murdered Arab boy.

Journalist Ayman Mohyeldin biography

Since joining NBC News in September 2011, Mohyeldin has reported on the Arab world, including Egypt, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, Gaza and Lebanon. Inside Syria, Ayman traveled across the country reporting exclusively on the Syrian war, both with opposition rebels and government officials.

Prior to joining NBC, Mohyeldin was a correspondent for Al Jazeera English based in Cairo, where he was at the epicenter of Arab uprisings covering the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. From May 2008 until May 2010, Ayman was the only foreign broadcast journalist based in the Gaza Strip, a period in which he was the only American reporter covering the 2008-09 War on Gaza.

From 2003 to2006, he was based in Baghdad, covering the immediate aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, the daily struggle of ordinary Iraqis and the Iraqi insurgency.

Mohyeldin's reporting has won a Peabody Award, the UK's Cutting Edge Media Award and Argentina's Perfil International Press Freedom Award. He also has received multiple Emmy nominations.


Israel's Continuous Quest to Avoid Peace

CNN Reporter Inside Gaza

(CNN) Jan. 16, 2009 - Earlier, when we caught the last bus from Egypt into Gaza, we spoke to Palestinian passengers, most of whom said they had been arrested in Egypt and abused by police before being deported. Their bitterness toward Egypt, particularly its president, Hosni Mubarak, and other Arab leaders over their perceived failure to provide support was echoed among others we spoke to.

This was matched by anger toward the United States, because most people know it supplies Israel with the warplanes bombarding them.

The attacks have badly affected Gaza's electricity supply. The territory gets its power from Egypt, but lines have been knocked out by explosions, leaving connections intermittent in some areas. Water is also a problem, many areas now without any supply.

[See comments section, only Hamas and Hezbollah are depicted as 'scum' in these wars - Oui]  

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"I just saw a clip of a young Jewish student protesting for Palestinians and being beaten and taken away."

American-Jewish teenager is being harassed, treated unfairly and then arrested - Jerusalem, June 2011

Returning from Hebron Wednesday afternoon, I glanced outside my window, only to see miles and miles of blue and white. Today was Jerusalem Day, and a parade of thousands marched through the streets celebrating, as if in an orgy of nationalistic fervor, the 44th anniversary of the Israeli conquest of East Jerusalem.

What shocked me initially was how eerily monolithic the procession was: it seemed as though the ocean of Israeli flags was meant to blur all distinctions between old and young, boss and worker, women and men, settler and 48er. In light of the events of recent days, I sensed a strong political undertone beneath the cheers and yells of the ecstatic crowds.

Coming on the heels of Netanyahu's defiant speech before Congress, it appeared to me that the marchers streaming down Sultan Suleiman St. that evening sought to echo their PM's bold remarks, that all of Jerusalem was "theirs" forever.

Israeli correspondent Yossi Melman misrepresents the 'radical left' as being supportive of right-wing Likud policy vs Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza. Going into Gaza is the easy part with such military might, what is next? Netanyahu and his right-wing extremist ministers Liberman and Bennett scuffed the efforts by Obama and Kerry to join the peace efforts. Obama and his neocon backers in his White House staff are just lacking courage and fail in leadership to call Israel out on its unrelentless stance on settlement expansion and harassment of the Palestinian people. Might does not make right.

Hamas Has Nothing To Lose -- and Why That's So Dangerous for Israel

(The Forward) - Most Israelis -- even many on the radical left -- share the view that Israel had no choice. It all began when Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the 17 or so renegade pro Islamist groups in Gaza started 4 weeks ago to launch rockets and mortar shells at Israel. This was their response to the fact that IDF and Shin Bet security service arrested 500 Hamas activists in the West Bank as a result of the kidnapping and murder of 3 Israeli yeshiva students by what were assumed to be Hamas activists.

Before the invasion, Israel, led by Netanyahu and Ya'alon, showed great restraint despite right wing pressures. Fourteen hundred rockets were fired, hitting many Israeli cities including Beersheba, Dimona, Jerusalem,Tel Aviv and even Haifa in the north. Four million Israelis experienced a daily routine of running to shelters. And yet Israel responded only by air strikes and agreed to an Egyptian initiative to establish a cease-fire, which was rejected by Hamas.

It seemed that Hamas interpreted the Israeli reluctance to use ground forces as weakness.

Gaza War, Day 12: 303 Palestinian Dead

PS ... and what was the consequence?

I believe Joe Biden is the shadow behind the scenes coordinating Obama's foreign policy in Ukraine and the Middle East. Remembering the words of Robert Gates, nothing is getting fixed, the global turmoil is rapidly increasing towards regional wars that will inundate western Europe in renewed confrontation of evil of their own making with the U.S. doing a bit of bullying. Back one hundred years ago, where peace was not an option. It's about Wall Street and global financial crisis, Rockefeller and Standard Oil, greed posing as philanthropy, suppressing labor and voting rights, moving the empire towards a global war ...

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 07:46:00 AM EST
I imagine the Hamas rockets to be the multiple equivalents of the Tunisian market seller who set himself on fire and started the Arab Spring. It's a jihadi move in a way, we know we are hurting ourselves by firing these rockets, but just being passive recipients of systemized injustice is beneath our pride as humans to accept, ergo we'll take down some of 'them' instead of just watching our peoples' fate being continually degraded, hoping thus to shame Israel for her reactions on the world stage and draw attention to the lines of global power that ensure Israel's regional domination.

Desperate times calling for even more desperate measures. Of course it is never right to rain death on civilians, but how can we judge from outside the situation how we may feel were we born into such a hellish reality?

A truly perfect example of classic Lose-Lose... No happy ending in sight yet :(

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 09:20:21 AM EST
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'radical left'

I didn't realize Israel had such a thing. Who is in it?

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 09:41:56 AM EST
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It took Prof. Cole a while to write about the era after President Morsi of Egypt. I blogged about the regional power change a year ago when Egypt's military took over from a regime favoring the Muslim Brotherhood and the axis Hamas - Qatar - Turkey. This MB axis was exploited by Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration to faciliate the overthrow of Bashar Assad in Syria. A incredible failure in western ME policy, favoring sunni militants funded by Saudi Arabia, UAE and Kuwait. Changing alliances as quickly as moving dunes of the Arabian desert. Also doing Israel's bidding [PNAC policy] to create discord and animosity along etnic and religious lines.

Gaza meets the New Politics of the Middle East: "Islamic State," Egypt, Turkey by Juan Cole    

(Informed Comment) - The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

Hamas is an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, though they are quite separate in policies and leadership. The overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt last summer has positioned the Egyptian government as almost as big an enemy of Hamas as Israel itself. The Egyptian military blames Hamas for radicalizing the Bedouin of the Sinai Peninsula and creating a security problem for Egypt itself (in fact, the depriving of people in Sinai of government services is at the root of much of the resentment).

Indeed, some groups in the Sinai  have proffered their allegiance  to the so-called Islamic State now based in Mosul, Iraq.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt offered a ceasefire but it was unacceptable to Hamas because it did not call for an end of the illegal and creepy Israeli economic blockade of Gaza civilians.

Still, al-Sisi's hostility to movements of political Islam makes him an unlikely mediator for Hamas.

Al-Sisi now backs the secular government of Bashar al-Assad against his opposition, which is now dominated by the al-Qaeda affiliate the Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) and the al-Qaeda offshoot the so-called Islamic State. Al-Sisi has also expressed support for prime minister Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq, largely on the grounds that Baghdad is attempting to fight back against the so-called Islamic State. Jordan's King Abdullah II is also terrified of the so-called Islamic State.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey  got into a shouting match with al-Sisi, accusing him of leaving the Palestinians of Gaza to their fates and dismissing al-Sisi as a "tyrant." Egypt replied that Turkey was breaking the normal protocol among nations (in slamming the president so personally). Turkey's ruling AK Party is mildly oriented to political Islam.

Even the so-called "Islamic State" turns out to be useless to Hamas.

Don't forget, Israel and the Mossad favors independence for the Kurds in Northern Iraq, another dream come true under the lenient Obama administation.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sat Jul 19th, 2014 at 09:53:11 AM EST

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