BOULDER, Colo. –
Since Israel ended its attack on Gaza on Jan. 18, the corporate-dominated U.S. mainstream media mostly have lost interest in Gaza.
As a result, there has been little coverage in the U.S. of the ongoing suffering there.
People here are generally unaware that Israel still greatly limits the amount of humanitarian aid getting into Gaza, thus depriving 1.5 million human beings of adequate food and medical supplies.
In addition, Israel continues to bar material for reconstruction from entering Gaza, thus denying Palestinians of clean water and sanitation.
Homes and medical and religious facilities, as well as commercial and public buildings, cannot be repaired or rebuilt. Clearly, through its control of Gaza’s borders, Israel is continuing its 42-year occupation of Gaza.
The U.S. media also have paid little attention to the war crime charges against Israel and, to a much lesser extent, against Hamas.
Beginning on March 19, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz ran a series of articles based on testimony from Israeli soldiers who spoke about the deliberate targeting and killing of civilians. A March 22 article by Amira Hass in Haaretz was headlined “IDF soldiers ordered to shoot at Gaza rescuers.”
These reports reinforce the charges of war crimes made by Richard Falk, the United Nations special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Territories, in his latest report.
Groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also have raised war crime charges while Physicians for Human Rights Israel pointed to Israeli violations of humanitarian law.
British newspaper The Guardian, also provided detailed evidence of alleged Israeli war crimes in its recent in-depth report on the subject.
There also has been minimal coverage in the U.S. of Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank. People here know little of the Palestinians’ non-violent resistance to the theft of their land and to the daily violence of the Israeli soldiers and settlers against Palestinians.
In an attempt to provide information seldom seen in the mainstream media, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is presenting its fourth-annual Middle East Series from through April 10 (see www.rmpjc.org for details).
The series features Palestinian art, several excellent films and highlights some wonderful presenters.
Ron Forthofer, former Green Party candidate for Congress and governor, writes on behalf of the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center.