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Horrors of Israel's Brutality Not Lost on Mideast AnchorsTim King Salem-News.com
"Every time I hear that Israel is America's only friend in the Middle East, I remember that before Israel, America had no enemies in the Middle East." - Comment from a Jesuit
(SALEM, Ore.) - It isn't that we should all sit around crying every day, but the effects of Israel's murder of civilians, particularly during Operation Cast Lead; the murderous attack on Gaza two years ago that left almost 1500 dead and thousand upon thousand injured and maimed... was like dropping a bomb on humanity itself.
One place where the sympathies weren't clouded by the influence of the pro-Israeli lobby, were the news desks of our brother and sister journalists in the Middle east.
In the first clip, we see a dignified Al Jazeera anchor become emotional over the images of the slaughtered.
The Samouni Project is headed by our writer Ken O'Keefe who recently spent six months on the ground in Gaza exploring, researching and documenting this endless tragedy of civilian death from U.S. supplied Israeli weapons which they bear on the civilian population with no distinction between resistance fighter and family.
What is particularly haunting for us, is the fact that the heart breaking footage is of a senior member of the Samouni family, one of the hardest hit in Gaza.
The children of this family were gunned down in a way that senseless and needless barely begin to cover. We have shown you the interviews with the mother of Ahmed Samouni, the tiny boy who was shot twice in the chest by Israeli soldiers but managed to live for hours in his mother's arms.
He could have possibly survived, but the Israeli military (highly documented) blocked ambulance crews from reaching the scene and in fact they used one of the small boys for target practice after slaying him in the middle of the street.
American news anchors are frequently merely robots; in the Middle east however, they are very human.
I once produced a story about the Traveling Vietnam Wall being brought to Las Vegas, Nevada. A man emerged from a building unaware of what he was seeing. It turned out that he was a multi tour Vet who lost many friends.
His tears recorded for my story were absolutely the type of thing that reaches people, and our news anchor that night at KVVU FOX-5, Angelica Urquiho, was crying almost without control as the piece concluded and the camera turned back to her. That is what the unscheduled commercial break is for I guess.
The next video clip shows a female news presenter break down over the gruesome slaughter of a graduating class of Hamas police officers, young men who were trying to serve their fellow citizens by joining the world's law enforcement community.
Two years to the day after this attack started, our Reporter Ken O'Keefe stood at the exact place where all of these young men were cut down by Israeli bombs, many of which were illegal under international standards. Hamas is touted as a terrorist group but in fact they fight terrorists and some of the terrorists they engage, their most bitter enemy, are the Israeli Defence Forces, the 'IDF'.
There is no choice for those born in Gaza. This is their homeland and it is an historic, amazing place by every account, and it is full of terrible stories of attacks on civilians.
By contrast, the 'Hamas rocket attacks' which are still discussed at length by all western media, cost a total of 28 Israeli lives in all time. This is not insignificant in regard to the tragic deaths, but by comparison, the Israelis were killing far more Palestinians during cast lead with single bomb drops.
The worst thing of all is Israel's tendency to urge civilians to collect in particular 'safe areas' and then start dropping bombs on their heads, as the government of Sri Lanka did to the Tamils just two years ago,
When Israel and Sri Lanka are caught and fall under suspicion of having committed war crimes, they both cry 'human shield' to excuse their targeted deaths of civilians.
The YouTube page with this video begins with the following statement.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), said:
"The Muslim Ummah is a unique ummah among the whole of mankind: Their LAND is one, their WAR is one, their PEACE is one, their HONOR is one and their TRUST is one" (Imam Ahmed)
Special thanks to Anna O'Leary in Ireland for alerting Salem-News.com to the existence of these moving videos.
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