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Journalists call Livni ‘terrorist’ during press conference on Gaza operation

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Press conferences are pretty much stage managed these days. Ever heard of a journalist accusing Bush, Cheney, Rice, Blair etc of being a terrorist? Never. They are cosy freindly spaces. Part of our new world order.

The Iraqi who threw a shoe, last I heard was still in hospital. But that was in a war zone. This is in the USA. It is called damage limitation.

AP, Fox, BBC, Reuters all a very controlled environment. Anyway the message is: the world is angry with Israel, and Israelis need to adjust to that.

Journalists call Livni ‘terrorist’ during press conference on Gaza operation

By Haaretz Service

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni had a testy press conference Friday in Washington, D.C., moments after she signed an agreement with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meant to combat arms smuggling to Gaza.

From the starting moments of the press conference, Livni was beset by a less-than friendly barrage of questions, with a number of journalists asserting that Israel’s military operations in Gaza will only make Middle East peace more distant.

Some journalists went so far as to compare the Israeli government to that of dictator Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe, due to Israel’s decision to bar journalists from Gaza.

One of the more tense moments came when one journalist began to quote at length a Human Rights report on the situation in Gaza, before asking Livni to comment on ‘the murder of innocent civilians in the Strip.’

When the man was asked to finish his question, he yelled ‘you are letting her speak for an hour, and you aren’t allowing us to ask questions. Since when have you hosted terrorists here?’

To her credit, Livni managed to keep her cool, and expressed her desire to answer the question. When he finished, she answered that Israel ‘did not want to get involved in the internal matters of the Palestinian Authority, that’s why we left the Gaza Strip unilaterally, but we got terror in return. We try all we can to avoid harming civilians, but it happens.’

A number of other journalists asked questions that included quotes from the human rights report, asking if Israel needs to be held responsible for the failure of the cease-fire due to the decision to enact a blockade on the Gaza Strip.

While she was speaking inside, a protest was being held outside the building by an anti-war group calling themselves ‘Women in Pink’, who repeatedly chanted ‘there is a war criminal in this building.

Source Haaretz

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Written by morris

January 17, 2009 at 12:40 am

Posted in Gaza, israel

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  1. Dear reader today this post is getting the most views.

    Those journalists have worked for years in the business. They have press cards and clearances to go to state functions and institutions.

    They were instructed on what to do – for public consumption. Maybe Livni will be sacrificed.

    morris

    January 17, 2009 at 11:26 am


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