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Bummer by Robert Kahn

Please TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW and send your letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.

In “straight news reporting” the reporter and her editors are not supposed to “take a side.” That’s why, for instance, in news stories about the genocide being carried out today by the governments of Myanmar, China, India and Israel, reporters and editors at responsible newspapers include statements from the governments of Myanmar, China, India, Israel and the United States that no such thing is happening — though it is.

Let’s not get into the question of whether reporting like this is actually “straight news.”

In a slower, more honest age, editors might have been allowed to give reporters a bit of time to examine the genocidal governments’ statements. But not today. Now we throw in the bullshit to show that we’re trying to “report both sides.”

Continue reading at https://www.courthousenews.com/bummer-2/

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Sheikh Jarrah: Western media outlets are whitewashing Israeli colonialism by Denijal Jegic

Please TAKE ACTION RIGHT NOW and send your letter to the UN Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the International Criminal Court Prosecutor.

The terms “Jews” and “Israelis” as well as “Palestinians” and “Arabs” are used as interchangeable synonyms. As a consequence, the colonial dimensions are obscured because Palestinians are not referred to as indigenous people and Israel is not identified as a colonial power. 

…The latest Israeli airstrikes on Gaza were as well portrayed as a “response” to Hamas which is depicted as “an Islamic group sworn to Israel’s destruction.” That Israel is sworn to the destruction of Hamas and to Palestine as such is not part of the discourse. In fact, settler-colonial expansion is genocidal as such and necessitates the removal of the indigenous people. 

Continue reading at https://www.trtworld.com/opinion/sheikh-jarrah-western-media-outlets-are-whitewashing-israeli-colonialism-46593

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