Monday, August 20, 2007

The longer it lasts, the harder it will be to stop

Uri Avnery lets the cat out of the bag:

"The most grievous expression of the situation in the occupied territories under Olmert and Barak is the daily killing. Almost no day passes without a new atrocity. A pupil is run over, his injuries are critical, he is kept at the roadblock over an hour until he dies. The army issues a laconic statement: he was on the list of those "forbidden to enter Israel". Five soldiers seize a boy waiting at a bus stop and beat him to death. A sick woman arrives at a roadblock and is detained there for no apparent reason until she dies.

Such stories have become routine and no longer cause a ripple. Two or three journalists do still get upset and report them, the rest just ignore them. Senses have been blunted. It's not news."

It's tough to change this when they become automatic. They don't even warrant a news story, and if so, it's buried in the back pages or given fifteen seconds of air time.

Palestinians only real hope is the international community to say enough is enough. But with the media inured to what has been a forty year debacle, its just another day of the occupation.

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