Video: CNN’s ‘fair-and-balance’ coverage disrupted by Israeli bombs

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Editor’s Note: Mohammed Rabah Suliman who is interviewed by CNN above has been a frequent contributor to Mondoweiss. See his posts

17 Responses

  1. John Smithson
    November 16, 2012, 12:48 pm

    Wow. Clearly an asymmetical situation.
    ‘I just get on my knees and pray…we don’t get fooled again!’
    Calling my congressman now.

  2. Bumblebye
    November 16, 2012, 1:47 pm

    Perhaps Nissim’s pomposity about his fears will be somewhat pricked by hearing the constant explosions so close to Mohammed. Perhaps CNN viewers will begin to understand something of the nature of the Israeli lies. This is Israeli fears contrasted with Gaza’s reality. And let’s not forget, for all Israel’s whining about the bottle rockets, msm very rarely deigns to disclose their retaliatory bombings of Gaza until it ramps up to this level.

    • Walid
      November 17, 2012, 7:52 am

      “This is Israeli fears contrasted with Gaza’s reality. And let’s not forget, for all Israel’s whining about the bottle rockets, msm very rarely deigns to disclose their retaliatory bombings of Gaza until it ramps up to this level.” (Bumblebye)

      During the 2008-2009 Cast Lead war, there was the gimmick of showing Israelis, especially seniors, traumatized by Gaza’s qassams but this time around, Israeli fears are very real, just like in 2006 when a million Israelis relocated to shelters because of Hizbullah’s rockets. Nothing phony about that, but it’s good that Israelis get spooked too; maybe it will make them feel the terror the Palestinians have been experiencing all these years.

      • seafoid
        November 17, 2012, 9:28 am

        It’s only good if they wake up and realise they have been taken for a ride by their leaders.

      • MTd2
        November 17, 2012, 9:36 am

        Sorry Walid, not even with all years of al Qasam together, they cannot even barely meet the quota a month of violence of a typical 3rd world city. Perhaps not even the daily quote of the biggest cities.

    • chinese box
      November 17, 2012, 12:45 pm


      I hope CNN viewers were paying attention…maybe this will change a few minds.

  3. Rizla
    November 16, 2012, 2:15 pm

    Wow. Speaks for itself. How many people who aren’t just killed are getting their eardrums shattered permanently, not to mention getting body parts blown off?

  4. Annie Robbins
    November 16, 2012, 2:19 pm

    i’ve been skyping with a friend of mine in gaza, another contributor here. the bombing is constant and impacting everyone there 24/7. i have to tell you the poise of my friend is at times startling for me. the same determined integrity we can hear in Mohammed’s interview. the sumud of youth in gaza thru this kind of existence, and existence of being the targets of utter destruction is nothing short of a miracle. it is something very hard to comprehend, to see the results of decades of ethnic cleansing produce these youth..there is just no other description other than ‘palestinian’. truly a miracle of humankind. i am blown away.

    take care Mohammed. you make me so proud to know you.

    • Kathleen
      November 16, 2012, 3:12 pm

      I really hope he is ok and that Israeli mans family. Even though the guy was a jerk.

  5. Kathleen
    November 16, 2012, 3:11 pm

    Let’s hope he is ok. That other fella sounded foolish as did Netanyahu demonstrating once again their self consumed arrogance “my children, my wife” as if there are not children, wives, husbands etc on the Palestinian side coming under fire. Children are children are children. That little Palestinian baby that was killed by Israel the other day was not identifying with being Palestinian. You see the pictures of children who are absolutely terrified on both sides. The Israeli man just does not get this or care. That is what I am often hit with when I hear Israeli’s talk about their fears a complete inability to empathize. A complete inability. Can sociopathic behavior be learned. I think so. So so sad.

    The bombing while Mohammed was trying to respond said it all.

    Anyone else notice that map that CNN put up? Enough. Show the real map..the swiss cheese map of the West Bank

  6. MTd2
    November 16, 2012, 3:12 pm

    Wow, the Israeli was blushed, sort of ashamed, speachless! How could he argue without playing the victim game?

    BTW, it was amazingly sad that what terrorizes that Israeli are the Isreali sirens not the bombs themselves!

  7. eGuard
    November 16, 2012, 4:52 pm

    CNN, at 3:27, interviewing a war zone: What was that noise we just heard? Was that coming from outside?

    • thankgodimatheist
      November 16, 2012, 10:57 pm

      “What was that noise we just heard? Was that coming from outside?”
      That was delicious. Couldn’t believe my eyes or ears.

  8. Donald
    November 16, 2012, 6:14 pm

    The Newshour has an Israeli professor and an Arab discussing the Gaza conflict. The Israeli started his presentation off with a lie in the very first sentence, with the claim that there were 1000 rockets raining down on Israel every year until the Gaza War brought the number down–he of course left out the truce in 2008 which Israel violated.

    And the idiot conducting the interview lets this pass, as did the Arab professor. That’s our American press–I don’t even think it’s always bias, though usually it is bias, as it is sheer imcompetence. Almost no American journalist can be bothered to learn the facts and tell the truth.

  9. Les
    November 16, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Can anyone name a single outlet of our major print and broadcast media that opposes US support for Israel’s ethnic cleansing and occupation of the Palestinians? Can you name one that regularly reports on it or incorporates it in their Israel/Palestine stories?

  10. FreddyV
    November 17, 2012, 5:53 am

    Well, that framed the conflict rather well, I thought.

    Israelis scurrying into shelters from a risk of an unguided rocket hitting them, whilst Gazans having the most sophisticated targeting weapons launched at them and nowhere to go.

    • just
      November 17, 2012, 11:49 am

      Exactly my reaction, FreddyV.

      What an incredible waste of lives on both sides, but the disproportionality is grotesque.

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