Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Tuesday Updates (from the top) On Israel-Gaza Tragedy

11:30  a.m.  Richard Engel of NBC tweets:  "Gazans telling me all day, they’re desperate, penned in, jobless. War is fast death. Living under Israeli and egyptian closure is a slow one"

10:20 a.m.    Peter Maurer, president of International Committee of Red Cross, tweets on visit to Gaza: "I have a deep feeling of shock at what I've seen and anger that we weren't able to prevent what has happened."

NDTV (that's India) video report seems to show Hamas installing rocket launcher next to hotel, later firing.  But first video showing this date, it seems.

9:30 a.m. ET  Israeli general--there are no innocent civilians in Gaza.  In op-ed he writes, "[T]hey are to blame for this situation just like Germany's residents were to blame for electing Hitler as their leader and paid a heavy price for that, and rightfully so."

BBC report on "staggering" destruction in Gaza. 

Senior Foreign Minister in British gov't resigns, saying she can no longer support policy on Israel. 

8:00 a.m. ET  Ceasefire holding, more or less, so far.

New Gallup survey finds support for Israel's attack holding firm at 42% approval to 38%.  As noted earlier, less than that among those under 50, women, and minorities.  Highest backing from those who get news mainly from TV.

Terrific NYT online-only lengthy "diary" of eight harrowing days in Gaza by novelist/political scientist.   

Classic:  after three days of taking hits on Israeli censorship of story or  stories related to the "capture" of Lt. Goldin--who actually was dead (se below)--the NYT finally posts a full piece about it, by embattled bureau chief Jodi Rudoren.  And...it's behind the NYT "Premier" pay wall!  Note: NYT mentioned at least twice that it was subjected to censorship, in one case even reading part of a story over the phone to Israeli official.  But at least once it deleted a key paragraph, without noting that--perhaps IDF asked and they complied. Rudoren has long been accused of hardly needing a censor to toe Israel's line.   Update:  Here's special link where you should be able to get behind wall to see.  Note that she admits that a key reference to "Hannibal"  was in early version of story, then cut--without explaining why.   Just lets it pass. She also fails to acknowledge that--given the savagery of the Israeli response to the "capture" (killing 200 civilians)--it was important that readers know that one reason for that might have been the soldier's relation to the defense chief.  Which she killed.  She writes she has adopted a "Don’t Ask/Hope They Don’t Tell" atttude and it's too apparent that this is her policy, even if she means it in a different way.

Good piece by NYT's Anne Barnard on psychologist who tries to treat trauma of others in Gaza and ended up a victim himself after shell hit home and killed 6 relatives.

New from Human Rights Watch:  "Gaza: Israeli Soldiers Shoot and Kill Fleeing Civilians."  Some had ordered same people to leave homes.  Some carried white flags.  Not exactly news and limited but still vital....

Yes, there's a new Bomb Gaza video game you can play online but Google finally axed it.  Okay to kill civilians.

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