Two Minutes with Dr. Yahya: Palestinian Tragedy and Human Rights
Posted by: Hasan A. Yahya, Professor of Sociology.
President of the Arab American Encyclopedia-USA
Part One of Four
Tomorrow is May 15, 2013. The anniversary of Palestinian-Arab defeat in Palestine and the establishment of the Israeli state. Historically, occupation demolish human rights anywhere on earth. In the Palestinian occupied territories, the picture was and still persist by observing the number of refugees camps in several Arab countries as well as inside Palestine. In Diaspora, especially in the United States of America, Human rights violation takes another track under the slogans of Modern political democracy.
According to the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Palestine is an ancient region SW Asia bordering on E coast of the Mediterranean & extending E of Jordan River and a region bordering on the Mediterranean on W & Dead Sea on E; a part of the Ottoman Empire 1516–1917, a British mandate 1923–48; now approx. coextensive with Israel and the West Bank.
Furthermore, historically, Palestine is also defined as a conventional name, among others, for the geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. People live in this geographic region, are Palestinians, Jews, Druze, Christians and others all belong to the proper name of Palestine. The term “Israel State” replaced that name but the place still called Palestine by Palestinians and their allies around the world.
Dr. Yahya brings here some effective pro-human Rights for Palestinians in the Occupied land of Palestine. In this segment he invites readers to share information for more knowledge about the Age tragedy of the Palestinian people since the creation of Israel. The article was initially found in the Palestine Media Watch through an effective site of The Electronic Intifada.
Arabs and Muslims have a long way to go in America!
Colored Democracy or democracy faces or Undemocratic Democracy remains alive in the continuous USA support for the Israeli occupation forces of Palestine. This article is brought here to show the comparative analysis of research on the topic of Israeli and Palestinian voices on the US op-ed pages Patrick O’Connor, Palestine Media Watch, 13 March 2006.
The article is produced to remind world thinkers and lay men of the tragedy of Palestinian human rights in and out Palestine, which is violated on everyday bases in the occupied territories of Palestinian land. Hoping that the tragedy may stopped or settled by agreements between the Israeli occupiers and occupied Palestinian people. However, in the United States of America, media is clear showing the results of research dealing with two categories, Palestinian and Israeli writers.
While few decades back Jews were in Displaced Camps in Europe. In 1945 September 17, GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON described the Jews in a media report reads: “Taking General Eisenhower on a visit to DP (Displaced Persons Camps) camps, he called Jewish inmates “the greatest stinking bunch of humanity” and stating that they have “no sense of human relationships”. Patton had also referred to the Jewish DP’s as “lower than animals”. When attacked for his anti-Semitic remarks, Patton called it a “plot by Jews and Communists” to replace him.”
I wish the Jews of Israel and elsewhere, remember those days and look forward to have peace with the Palestinians who still settled in camps in and out Palestine. (The editor)
I. Executive Summary
In the US media, Palestinians generally aren’t allowed to speak for themselves or to articulate their historical narrative. Israelis, however, are permitted to speak, to explain the Israeli experience and even to explain about Palestinians. As a result, the Israeli story is known in the US while Palestinians are dehumanized.
This report exhaustively details the extent to which Palestinian voices have been silenced in the op-ed pages of major US newspapers for the past five years.
This report compares the number of opinion pieces published by Israeli writers with those published by Palestinian writers between September 29, 2000, and December 31, 2005, in the op-ed pages of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post, the five US newspapers with the greatest circulation.
The analysis reveals the following:
– Over the five year and three month period, the five newspapers published 680 op-eds on Israel/Palestine. 214 were written by Israeli writers and 86 by Palestinian writers, an average of 2.5 Israeli writers for each Palestinian writer.
– The Wall Street Journal has the most lopsided five-year record, averaging 5.1 op-eds by Israelis for every one op-ed by a Palestinian writer.
– The New York Times has been the least balanced over the last three years with anaverage of 4.3 Israeli op-ed writers for every Palestinian.
– The Los Angeles Times published 2.3 Israeli writers for every Palestinian writer.
– The Washington Post (1.4/1) and USA Today (0.8/1) are near parity between Israeli and Palestinian writers.
– The relative balance at The Washington Post and USAToday indicates that a bias towards Israeli writers is not inevitable, but is a result of the choices made by the editors at The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times.
Sources and Notes:
Originally published by the Palestine Media Watch, The Electronic Intifada.
Palestine Media Watch was established in October of 2000 to promote fair and accurate coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine in the US mainstream media.
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