Rally for Palestine – Nakba70 – Gaza – Jerusalem
Cleveland Peace Action, May 18, 2018
The American news media, especially the so-called liberal media, slants its coverage toward Israel. Israeli deaths are reported more often and in more detail than Palestinian deaths. This must change!!! People gathered here today may not hear anything new in what I’m about to say. But I’d like to address these words to the American news media.
Hey CBS News! Tell us how Israel and Egypt have blockaded Gaza by air, sea, and land since 2007, making it the longest running humanitarian crisis on Earth.
Hey, Washington Post! Tell us how Palestinians are imprisoned and their homes are demolished, without due process of law.
Hey, New York Times! Tell us how people in the West Bank and Gaza enjoy none of the basic human rights that Americans take for granted.
Hey ABC News! Tell us how blockades and endless checkpoints restrict commerce, making daily life an ordeal and prosperity an impossible dream.
Hey Cleveland Plain Dealer! Call Israel-Palestine what it is – an apartheid state.
Hey NBC News! Tell us about the Nakba, 70 years ago this week, when 700,000 Palestinian Arabs fled or were driven from their homes by force of arms, by those who established the state of Israel. This is what we now call ethnic cleansing. Tell us how hundreds of thousands settled in refugee camps, where their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren still live today.
Hey NPR! You told us that, on Monday, the Anniversary of the Nakba, 58 Palestinians were killed by Israeli Defense Forces. Tell us that those soldiers were under orders to shoot to maim and kill. And please tell us the names of the dead. Tell us who they were. Tell us about their families. Tell us about how they’ve suffered under the blockade of Gaza. Make it real for all of us!!!
It’s time for the American news media to wake up. It’s time Americans got a complete picture of what’s going on in Palestine and Israel. It’s time Americans stood up for human rights and democracy, with no exceptions!!!