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Re: Yes it's off topic but who cares right now.
From: "Andrew Metcalf" <prelude () mindspring com>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 14:10:41 -0400

I don't blame them for celebrating, their world is crap right now, and their
perceived oppressors, the Israelis, are largely supported by the US. Those
aren't peace signs, they are victory signs. I don't blame them for not
wanting the media to take advantage of a small amount of people
celebrating...these are people that never have anything to celebrate
normally, forgive them if they go a little overboard. Video of crowds of
people celebrating aren't exactly "proof" that all palestinians are bent on
the US's destruction.

 Remember all those Anti-american rallys we see in Iran every once in a
while? Did you know most of those people are promised food and board in
exchange for being "anti-american" for the camera? Did you know that
Iranians like americans for the most part? That most of them have relatives
here? There is nothing intrinsically truthful about the situation that the
camera shows...Don't be manipulated (more than you can help at least)...

----- Original Message -----
From: "Greg Mirsky" <gmirsky () axiowave com>
To: <nanog () merit edu>
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2001 1:40 PM
Subject: RE: Yes it's off topic but who cares right now.

RE: celebrations


   According to the AP, the Palestinians have been
threatening news organizations and their workers in an
effort to stop the broadcast of video and the
publishing of photographs showing large crowds of
Palestinians in Nablus and Ramallah joyfully
celebrating the deadly terrorist attacks against

   Photographers and stringers (mostly Palestinians
themselves) were forced by Palestinian gunmen to stop
filming the celebrations (see the Agence France Press
report below), and they were threatened with death if
their video were broadcast.

   The news organizations they work for were told that
everyone from their news organization would lose their
access to PA officials and be unable to cover events in
PA territory if they broadcast any video or photos of
the large celebrations. (See reports below for more

   An AP photographer was specifically threatened with
death if his photos were published.

   Here is the real news: THE AP HAS PUBLISHED A REPORT
to publish these photos.

   So far we have only seen videos and photos of small
crowds celebrating in eastern Jerusalem and Lebanon. At
this moment, it looks like the Palestinian intimidation
tactics are working to keep the most damning scenes
from Ramallah and Nablus off American (and worldwide)
television screens and out of the newspapers.

   Please urge AP and other news organizations to
broadcast any video and/or photos they have of
celebrations by Palestinian crowds in Nablus and
Ramallah. Only by exposing and standing up to
intimidation can it be stopped.

   Thank AP for publishing the story about the death
threat to their videographer, but urge them to publish
the photos. By appeasing those who threaten them, they
are only encouraging further censorship and violence
against their staff.


   On a similar note, it is odd indeed that when
Arafat's words of condolence were so widely broadcast
by many in the media, so few in the press made note
that on the very day of the attacks, the PA-controlled
daily newspaper published an article praising suicide
bombers as "the engines of history... the most
honorable among us."

   See below for articles from AP, Agence France Press,
IMRA, the Jerusalem Post, and PMW.

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