Israel's Mr TV Blasts Occupation

Syxx

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Israel's Mr TV Blasts Occupation

Hi All,

JERUSALEM (AP) - A respected Israeli TV journalist who has delivered the main evening news since 1968, has stepped out from behind the shield of measured neutrality with an angry indictment of Israel's settlement policy and occupation of the Palestinians.

Haim Yavin's five-part documentary - the first part was being broadcast Tuesday - prompted calls from settlers for his dismissal, but could also mark a watershed in how the country views its four-decade rule over Palestinians.

Yavin, 72, has anchored the evening news on Israel's public TV channel since 1968, building an image as a dispassionate reporter, much as Walter Cronkite did in the United States. A founder of Israel's public TV station, Yavin is known as Mr. TV and commands considerable respect.

Rarely have settlers been portrayed as harshly by Israel's mainstream media as in Yavin's documentary, filmed with his hand-held video camera and interspersed with his commentary.

"Since 1967, we have been brutal conquerors, occupiers, suppressing another people," Yavin comments in the first segment after listening to settlers insist God gave them these lands. "We simply don't view the Palestinians as human beings."

Yavin's stand comes at a time of controversy over the settlements Israel built in the West Bank and Gaza Strip after capturing the lands in the 1967 Mideast war.

Jewish settlers, once coddled and feared by Israeli politicians, feel increasingly beleaguered. Their erstwhile patron, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, is determined to withdraw from all 21 Gaza settlements and four in the West Bank this summer, forcing about 9,000 settlers out of their homes.

Tom Segev, an Israeli author and social commentator, said Yavin's middle-of-the-road reputation could sway some Israelis. "He is Mr. Israel, the voice of Israel, the soul of Israel, and if he comes out with this, it means that apparently a lot of people feel the same," Segev said. "But I'm not sure if people will react."

When Cronkite returned from a reporting trip to Vietnam and told his viewers in an editorial comment that the United States could not win the war, then-president Lyndon Johnson observed that if he had lost Cronkite, he had lost middle America.

Yavin said he was able to keep his views out of the many documentaries he made in the past. But when the latest round of fighting with the Palestinians broke out and Palestinian suffering increased, he decided to act.

He said in a telephone interview Tuesday that he didn't believe that he had become more dovish but Israelis had become more hawkish.

"We have to go through a mental revolution," Yavin said. "The Palestinians are a people and we have to share this land ... We have to wake up from our dream."

In his documentary, Yavin repeatedly shows Palestinians suffering at the hands of arrogant settlers and soldiers. In one scene, he filmed a crowded Israeli army roadblock, showing sick women and crying children waiting in the hot sun for hours.

Israel set up the roadblocks at the outbreak of the current round of fighting in 2000, saying they were needed to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers and gunmen from reaching Israel.

At one point, Yavin shifted the camera toward the Israeli soldiers to ask why they weren't letting people through. "I look for danger in these people and I can't find it," Yavin said in the film.

In another scene, settlers chased Palestinian olive pickers out of an orchard, accusing them of planning terror attacks. The scene ended with an elderly Palestinian woman asking: "Is it forbidden for us to pick olives? Isn't it a sin not to let us pick?"

Settlers were outraged over the documentary, which was broadcast by the private Channel Two, rather than by Yavin's station, Israel TV. Israel TV declined to air the documentary, Yavin said, but he claimed the decision was not politically motivated. Fewer than a dozen settlers held a demonstration outside the offices of Israel's Broadcasting Authority, which oversees Israel TV.

A leader of the Settlers' Council, Bentsi Lieberman, demanded Yavin's dismissal in a letter to the authority. "It is unacceptable that Haim Yavin will continue to anchor the news of the national station that professes to be objective," Lieberman wrote.

Authority chairman Uri Porat said Yavin would not be fired since he had not violated his contract.

Source : http://news.yahoo.com/s/cpress/20050531/ca_pr_on_me/israel_tv_anchor

So a well respected Israeli news broadcaster has made a documentary about Israels dismal treatment of the Palestinians. It seems to me whenever a non-jewish person makes such comments they get slammed dunked as being an anti-semanite. Now we have Israeli's very own Mr TV is saying "Since 1967, we have been brutal conquerors, occupiers, suppressing another people".

I wonder what effect this documentary will have ... if any ?

I wonder what Anyee opinion of this documentary is ?

Regards
Syxx
 

Madness

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This is all based around the disengagment plan which will start next week.
Right wing extremists and the illegal settelers have raised a huge struggle against this course of action. For the past few months they have been releasing propoganda, handing out flyers, and demonstrating against the plan.
They have even used violence, such as blocking roads and setting tires on fire. They even flooded Israeli chat rooms and forums on the internet with propoganda, making them unsable.
Some of these demonstrations are legal, some are less. But they have been affective. The plan had a huge majority at first, but now polls are showing a drastic decline in the support of it.

It's about time that the Left wingers fight back. Recently blue strips have been distributed (as opposed to orange ones, the right wingers have been handing out, and which caught on and became very popular), and hopefully, soon they will be seen as often as the orange ones, which make it seem like everyone is against the plan.

Yavin's comment, as I see it, is a vote of support in the plan. I hope that his character, as Mr TV, will make that comment affective.
Supporters of the plan must stop sitting idly and demonstrate for it, even though it is the current course of action.

I just thought I'd give some context.
 

rikstaker

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A daring act to say the least,I wonder whats in store for him & his channel.

I am not Anyee,but my opinion is pretty straightforward,thats pretty much as close to the truth an Israeli source has ever been.

Rik
 

jmervyn

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I haven't been to Israel in decades, and I don't know this Jewish Cronkite, so I don't know the background of this particular issue. I do know that trying to infer that the entire nation of Israel has become more hawkish is a complete snow-job. What certainly could be the case is that the 'right' has become more supportive of the brutality that does occur, and that it the incidents have probably become more frequent thanks to the Intefatah. Sharon would never have been elected if there weren't concerns that the pro-Pal 'left' was ineffective; from what I can pick up, Sharon is sort of an Israeli Pat Buchanan.

At the same time, the pro-Pal 'left' has become more outspoken, and the Pal propaganda machine more effective (only the locals remember the Pal role in the rape of Kuwait, or the widespread support of the 9/11 attacks). Both of these would be the polar ends of the political spectrum, so if this guy really can coerce a large Israeli centrist group, then I see tough times ahead for the Israeli leadership.
 

DrunkPotHead

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rikstaker said:
A daring act to say the least,I wonder whats in store for him & his channel.

I am not Anyee,but my opinion is pretty straightforward,thats pretty much as close to the truth an Israeli source has ever been.

Rik
I visited Israel in January of 2005, and one of the things they made us do was to listen to an argument between a husband and wife. The wife was more leftist, the husband was more rightist.

Husbands point: Palestenians have been committing terrorist acts against Israel for decades, they don't have their own country, and can barely be considered people. I think he might've even called them scum who want to wipe the Jews off the face of the planet. He said giving land to Palestenians is unacceptable because they won't honor the promise of not committing anymore terrorist acts. He also said "Life's a ***** and i married one." while his wife was sitting right next to him. (He did say it as a joke though.)

Wife's Point: We just want peace. Let's give back some land, we are tired of fighting. Palestinians want peace just like us.

My opinion: Settlers should stop moving into disputed lands, they are causing too much trouble.

I'm closer to the wife's point of view although i don't think Israel should just give up the land unless the Palestenians can prove that they can stop the suicide bombings.



This whole thing just reminds me of the thing you mentioned in the other thread. The Israeli's need suicide bombers to continue to take over disputed lands while terrorists need Israel to continue taking over disputed lands so they can have better recruitment.

Here's another story about a similar subject that's very recent.
 

jmervyn

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DrunkPotHead said:
This whole thing just reminds me of the thing you mentioned in the other thread. The Israeli's need suicide bombers to continue to take over disputed lands while terrorists need Israel to continue taking over disputed lands so they can have better recruitment.

Here's another story about a similar subject that's very recent.
Interesting linky, despite the Paris Hilton/Carl's Jr. soft porn. So the Israelis are giving the PA weapons because they can't hurt them? Uhhh... riiiight. This looks to me like a thinly-veiled prop-up of the PA for political/election credit against the other terrorist groups.
 
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