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Tyler Hicks photograph of beach massacre that appeared in New York Times

Tyler Hicks photograph of beach massacre that appears on the front page of today’s New York Times

Update: Glenn Greenwald reports that Ayman Mohyeldin has been pulled by NBC from Gaza:

Ayman Mohyeldin… who has received widespread praise for his brave and innovative coverage of the conflict, has been told by NBC executives to leave Gaza immediately. According to an NBC source upset at his treatment, the executives claimed the decision was motivated by “security concerns” as Israel prepares a ground invasion, a claim repeated to me by an NBC executive. But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault.

I’m speculating that the reason for Mohyeldin’s departure might be that he yesterday tweeted implicit criticism of the US State Department, and subsequently removed the tweet from his feed.

Tweet from Ayman Mohyeldin, subsequently removed

Tweet from Ayman Mohyeldin, subsequently removed

Here’s his Facebook post, more explicitly critical, also removed:

Mohyeldin tweet

Mohyeldin tweet


Original post: The killing of the four Palestinian boys on the Gaza beach yesterday is resonating throughout the US mainstream media as few events from the conflict have before. A monstrosity seems to be understood as… a monstrosity.

The New York Times has a riveting account of the slaughter by Tyler Hicks, maker of the photo above– which appears at the top of the front page of the Times — stressing the complete vulnerability of children. NBC News last night was made extremely uncomfortable by the murders. Brian Williams introduced them as part of “a cycle of violence,” and on Hamas’s balance sheet; and there is a controversy over the network’s failure to include an eyewitness report from Ayman Mohyeldin.

Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC witnessed the killings. But he was not featured on the broadcast last night. Jordan Charlton at Mediabistro/TV Newser states the controversy:

We’re hearing the decision to have [Richard] Engel report the story for “Nightly” [from inside Israel] instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers. NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

We have praised Mohyeldin often for his bold coverage. His twitter feed continues to be blunt about atrocities:

The killings have disturbed the D.C. establishment. Khaled Elgindy of the Brookings Institution, again from Ayman Mohyeldin’s twitter feed.

Here is celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain’s tweet, also retweeted by Mohyeldin, and referring to a heartbreaking photo in the NYT by Tyler Hicks:

Hicks has an astonishing report up at the New York Times on making the photograph that so disturbed Anthony Bourdain. Forgive the lengthy excerpt, but this is an exceptional account in the newspaper of record.

By the time I reached the beach, I was winded from running with my heavy armor. I paused; it was too risky to go onto the exposed sand. Imagine what my silhouette, captured by an Israeli drone, might look like as a grainy image on a laptop somewhere in Israel: wearing body armor and a helmet, carrying cameras that could be mistaken for weapons. If children are being killed, what is there to protect me, or anyone else?

I watched as a group of people ran to the children’s aid. I joined them, running with the feeling that I would find safety in numbers, though I understood that feeling could be deceptive: Crowds can make things worse. We arrived at the scene to find lifeless, mangled bodies. The boys were beyond help. They had been killed instantly, and the people who had rushed to them were shocked and distraught.

Earlier in the day, I had photographed the funeral for a man and a 12-year-old boy. They had been killed when a bomb hit the car in which they were riding south of Gaza City, severely injuring an older woman with them.

There is no safe place in Gaza right now. Bombs can land at any time, anywhere.

A small metal shack with no electricity or running water on a jetty in the blazing seaside sun does not seem like the kind of place frequented by Hamas militants, the Israel Defense Forces’ intended targets. Children, maybe four feet tall, dressed in summer clothes, running from an explosion, don’t fit the description of Hamas fighters, either.

Back to NBC. We’ve praised Brian Williams for saying that Palestinians have nowhere to hide in a lopsided conflict in which Palestinian civilians are the victims. Last night he became far more equivocal. He is surely under a lot of pressure. The murders led the broadcast, but here’s how Williams teed it up:

This cycle of violence continues. When Hamas launches rockets from Gaza, Israel hits  back, and today, sadly, our cameras were there when disaster struck, when civilians were hit and killed, including four children.

Engel can’t help but describe the matter as a monstrosity.

It was broad daylight, there was no warning, it wasn’t the precision war Israel says it’s fighting.

The footage of the families that Mohyeldin’s crew shot is simply crushing. “A mother asked, where is my son, where is my love?” Here is other video of the killings. Warning, it is highly disturbing.

Engel’s “precision” comment would seem to echo Human Rights Watch, which is quoted deep inside a New York Times story yesterday:

A Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday cited U.N. data showing that, as of Monday, more than three-quarters of the Palestinians killed were civilians, including 36 children, and that approximately 7,500 people had been displaced by the destruction of 1,255 homes. The Human Rights Watch report investigated four Israeli strikes — on the Fun Time Beach cafe in the southern city of Khan Younis; on a car carrying municipal workers in the Bureij refugee camp; and two on homes where victims included a pregnant woman and small children.

“Israel’s rhetoric is all about precision attacks, but attacks with no military target and many civilian deaths can hardly be considered precise,” Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East director of Human Rights Watch, said in the report. “Recent documented cases in Gaza sadly fit Israel’s long record of unlawful airstrikes with high civilian casualties.”

And in the category of Nothing ever changes, here is CNN’s Crossfire, with left and right agreeing that Israel should show “no restraint.” Newt Gingrich says that the U.S. would “annihilate” whoever was firing rockets at us. And the liberal Paul Begala echoes, “You’re exactly right.” Before blaming the Palestinians for electing a terrorist group to govern them.

On the positive side, the other day Jake Tapper said the following to an Israeli official:

TAPPER: [T]he blockade … as you know has resulted in among other things contributing to it a humanitarian crisis in Gaza where it’s tough to get food, it’s impossible to get employment. Isn’t it in the best interest of Israel to lift the blockade over Gaza and to allow some sort of revitalization of that area so that there aren’t millions of Palestinians surrounding your country who see no other option but violence?

No other option but violence. That shows some understanding. The tragic event on the beach yesterday is furthering that understanding in the U.S. mainstream, at tremendous cost to the people of Gaza.

Thanks to Annie Robbins.

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  1. lysias on July 17, 2014, 10:24 am

    Mohyeldin’s report, lasting a few minutes (long for local news), was shown yesterday evening on the News at Six local news show on the NBC broadcast outlet in D.C., right after the first commercial break, so around 6:10 PM.

    The beach story was also the lead item in the news summary that opens PBS’s News Hour last night.

    By the way, Democracy Now! had a long report on the atrocity this morning, with a couple of eyewitness reports, one of which made it clear that the shells were fired from an Israeli gunboat (I have seen reports on line that the firing came from a helicopter gunship — those reports are apparently false; it’s a lot harder to understand how somebody on board a gunboat could have failed to recognize that the children were just children, a fact which probably explains the false reports).

    • lysias on July 17, 2014, 10:36 am

      Something else that one of those eyewitness reports on Democracy Now! made clear is that some 30 seconds passed between the two shells that exploded on the Gaza beach. Plenty of time for whoever was doing and directing the firing to determine that the children were children.

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 11:14 am

      The only two reporters/journalists who are honest in their reporting are Ben Wiedeman/CNN and of course Ayman Mohyeldin/NBC.
      The fact that they are there in Gaza, can see the carnage, destruction and brutality of the Israelis, shows their reporting is first hand information, and they speak directly of the facts, unfiltered and no frills.

  2. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 10:30 am

    Israel’s operations always run into this problem when the vermin כְּנִימָה, מַזִּיק, טַפִּיל שֶׁרֶץ; מישהו דוחה, מרגיז, בזוי they are exterminating are not seen as such in the TV rooms of the West. And not even a special from Regev can rescue the situation.

    It was the same after the Qana massacre, after Sabra and Shatila, after Mohamed Al Dura.

    • tokyobk on July 17, 2014, 10:49 am

      The very opposite of the imagery of terrorist or vermin: kids playing happily on a beach. And soccer no less, just after the world cup made that sport the universal for international harmony and fair play. This one changes things. I am surprised Phil did not go much into the Daily Beast coverage which has been clearly told by edit to tell an even story.

      • lysias on July 17, 2014, 10:51 am

        And just days after Israel killed a bunch of Palestinians watching a World Cup match at a beachfront cafe. (I wonder how close that cafe is/was to the scene of yesterday’s beach atrocity.)

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 11:22 am

        If it hadn’t happened beside the hotel where the journalists were stationed it might not have been a story.
        The sad thing is that the general situation in Gaza is far more serious than this admittedly dreadful human interest story and is being ignored.

      • just on July 17, 2014, 11:24 am

        Sadly, very true.

      • Abierno on July 17, 2014, 11:30 am

        Last night, Nick Clegg, Lib Dem, Deputy Prime Minister of the UK,
        called out Israel for its “disproportionate response”, calling their actions
        “collective punishment” and indicating that they should stop the bombing
        since they had “proved their point.” It would be hard not to believe that
        this incident was the tipping point, after the destruction of the water and sewage infrastructure, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, 100’s of homes
        and civilian deaths which I believe exceed 200 and include women, children, elderly and disabled. This is a courageous act given the power
        of the British equivalent of “AIPAC”.

      • DaBakr on July 17, 2014, 11:45 am

        if you actually knew the % of journalists staying in close proximity to the current round of hostilities in Gaza you would know the possibility of a story NOT being covered is almost nil. On the other hand-while journalists have access to most Israeli towns and cities it is not such an exciting story to film jet-trails from rockets and people running into shelters. Not good TV. Keep waiting though. Eventually a Hamas rocket will strike a target and those who are predisposed to ‘root’ can have their moment.

      • Taxi on July 17, 2014, 4:18 pm


        Are you tryna make us feel guilty over the death of a random jew who hasn’t actually died yet?

        Man, that victim complex sure is something.

      • ckg on July 17, 2014, 6:47 pm
      • ckg on July 17, 2014, 6:49 pm

        @seafoid, Williams says “and today, sadly, our cameras were there when disaster struck…” He is saying that cameras, sadly, were there. A Freudian slip, or perhaps just a fool’s slip.

      • annie on July 17, 2014, 4:56 pm

        And soccer no less, just after the world cup made that sport the universal for international harmony and fair play. This one changes things.

        oh please, israel attacked a kids soccer game in gaza to get their war on in nov 2012 too, or did everybody forget about that, it’s par for the course (for israel).

        the ground invasion has begun. slaughtering children on the beach in broad daylight won’t mean a thing in another week. we’ve only just begun. and the sadists eating popcorn on the hills above gaza are jacking off big time right now, tonight.

      • annie on July 17, 2014, 5:00 pm

        it’s midnight in gaza.

    • bilal a on July 17, 2014, 7:32 pm

      Seems to be a human failing, killing the children of those who are defenseless.


  3. just on July 17, 2014, 10:39 am

    Thanks for the overview of the coverage.

    “The implications of the State Dept’s absolving Israel of any/all responsibility in killing of 4 children in Gaza are simply bone chilling.”

    Not only bone chilling, but monstrous and @ the heart of the crisis– we are RESPONSIBLE for all that Israel does with impunity. Our SD denies that Israel has committed war crimes.

    (Rania Khalek has an article about the reaction of the SD:
    “US State Department blames Hamas for Israel’s murder of Gaza children”)

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 11:21 am

      Utterly disgusting, to say the least. The world will once again be right in it’s assertion that the US aid, abets, protects and supports, Israel’s brutal crimes against unarmed civilians, and that baby killers are accepted by US policies.
      Now if these were white babies, or Jewish babies, that would have met with howls of indignation, and condemnation, from the zio killers and their supporters.

  4. a blah chick on July 17, 2014, 10:40 am

    In a related matter Paris and several other cities in France have banned pro-Palestinian rallies. Not the Zionist ones. This is due to the recent “assaults” on Jews and their places of worship.

    • Sumud on July 17, 2014, 1:36 pm

      I hope that antagonises the French and they protest even more.

      The very idea of seeking to ban a pro-Palestine rally, it’s incredible!

      The poms are out in the streets by the tens of thousand protesting the BBC’s appalling coverage of a Gaza and now Paris tries to ban a rally? Don’t the pro-Israel lobby groups realise they are dangerously close to overplaying their hand?

  5. Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 10:46 am

    I was disgusted to see Wolf Blitzer this morning, obviously doing his masters a favor, trying desperately to prove that Israel is precise in hitting it’s targets, and then goes on to interview some guy from their armed forces, who did not want his face shown, explaining how “careful” they are in hitting civilians. It seems Dermers begging for American Jews to do hasbara for them, was heard by CNN.

    This is nothing but a war crime. This is nothing but the desire to kill all Palestinians, not considering the massacre of innocent children, the usual brutality the world has witnessed for years. I am ashamed that US politicians and the media have the audacity to keep blaming the Palestinians even for their own massacre. I understand we have no leg to stand on, since we ourselves are guilty of massacring civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq. Still at least one would expect some pretense at being concerned for the deaths of innocent children and women, some due to our generous aid, and some by the weapons we have given this violent occupier? We are sending the obvious message to the rest of the world, that whatever Israel does, even if it kills innocent children, we will always give it unwavering support, and never find it responsible. By Israel butchering of civilians, and the US covering it’s ugly butt, Hamas seems to be getting more sympathy from the rest of the world. No wonder Desperate Dermer is begging for hasbara reinforcements. This entire fiasco seems to be backfiring on them, only emphasizing their brutal crimes. No one believes their crappy propaganda anymore.

    Here is a very informative graphic showing data of the number of Palestinian children killed through the years, versus Israeli kids killed, and it is very, very telling.

  6. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 10:51 am

    These images that jar with Israel’s careful hasbara are important because of the generational shift – younger people watching news about Israel in the US don’t see Jewish victimhood- they see Jewish state cruelty (with apologies to Mooser). They see people being shafted by Israel. And they’ll grow up wondering what it is about the nihilism that means there should be no light between the US and Israel.

    • DaBakr on July 17, 2014, 11:38 am

      and what, i wonder, do you think that younger people watching news in the US see when images of dead Syrian babies, or overpacked refugee camps in Jordan or young girls being kidnapped by BokoHarum pop up on the telly? or are you referencing only Jewish American kids (apologizing to the wise-cracking moos, the ‘jokester’ is a joke unto itself)? just clearing up wether Jewish kids would take away something different from media war coverage then say, your average Christian kid?
      wouldn’t it be so much easier if the mass media simply labeled which war imagery was directly, indirectly and not directly related to Zionism and Israel?

      • a blah chick on July 17, 2014, 1:19 pm

        Okay, read these words carefully do you do ‘t get confused. This website is dedicated to discussing Israel and Palestine! What about that is so hard to understand?

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 1:53 pm

        “what, i wonder, do you think that younger people watching news in the US see when images of dead Syrian babies”

        The Syrian war will end at some stage. Like the Lebanon war did.
        Israel will go on moaning into eternity.

        neediness on the part of a country that expects not only to be supported financially and diplomatically, but also understood.”

        Syria isn’t needy. Syrians don’t give a shit about America. Israel depends on it.
        Syria is real. Israel is artificial.
        Israel is special. Real f#cking special. Because it depends on outside powers for its 24/7. Israel needs 29 ovations in congress. Syria doesn’t.

      • tree on July 17, 2014, 2:46 pm


        I don’t see our MSM couching the Syrian conflict as a case of poor Assad being perpetually victimized by violent rebels, or the BokoHarum being excused while US officials insists there is “no light” between the US and the BokoHarum. That’s the difference between what Israel is doing and what is happening in other countries, and that is why the hasbara is failing and that was seafoid’s point.

    • Chu on July 17, 2014, 11:50 am

      They see it and witness it, but the thought police are out in full force regarding Israel. Eddie Vedder at a live show in England.
      What’s good is that he doesn’t apologize for what he said. But the twitter
      trolls are making it an issue.

      • DICKERSON3870 on July 17, 2014, 7:55 pm

        RE: “What’s good is that he [Vetter] doesn’t apologize for what he said. But the twitter trolls are making it an issue.” ~ Chu

        MY COMMENT: Vetter needs to stand tall, like the Dixie Chicks did when the “America: love it or leave it” crowd burned their CDs!
        To borrow from country music [specifically, the one-hit wonder Aaron Tippins], “if he doesn’t stand for something, [then] he’ll fall for anything!”
        Continuing with the country music meme [this time borrowing from Georgia’s own Travis Tritt], when the trolls start whining, he should lackadaisically say (with an ever-so-faint hint of sarcasm): “Here’s a quarter; call someone who cares.” On second thought, perhaps he should update the quarter (of early 90s vintage) to four quarters (or perhaps “a buck”). Or maybe, change it to “here’s a cell phone, call someone who cares”. Or: “Why don’t you borrow (or swipe) a cell phone and call someone who cares.” Oh, oh, oh, I know – or say: “Here’s a pre-paid phone (a/k/a ‘calling’) card [or, are those just in European films], why don’t you call one of your Kahane-worshiping buds in an illegal Israeli settlement who cares.” That one’s kinda long y’all, but sumpin’ like that.

  7. DICKERSON3870 on July 17, 2014, 11:30 am

    RE: “The New York Times has a riveting account of the slaughter by Tyler Hicks, maker of the photo above, that stresses the complete vulnerability of children.”

    MY COMMENT: On a positive note, I am thankful that the actions of Likudnik Israel (along with many other things, including the typo-inducing keyboard I am currently using to type this) makes the prospect of inevitable death (the state of no longer being/existing) really not seem so bad.*
    Always look for the silver lining!
    * Of course, the PROCESS of dying is an absolutely terrifying prospect that I intend to put off for as long as I can, but when my turn eventually comes, the consolation of not having to continue witnessing the endless depredations of Likudnik Israel (in addition to many other despicable things, like the senseless murder of the three teenage settlers) should help to grease the skids.

    P.S. I wonder how much progress Israel has made in the “thorough and transparent investigation” the US State Department said it expects Israel to make** into the videotaped shooting/murder by the Israeli military of the two Palestinian teenagers during the Nakba Day protests outside Ofer prison in the West Bank back on May 15 (more than two months ago).

    ** SEE – “US to Israel: Investigate killing of Palestinian teens”, by Yitzhak Benhorin,, 5/21/14
    Following release of footage documenting killing of two Palestinians near Ramallah, US State Department spokesperson says US expects Israel to ‘conduct a thorough and transparent investigation’.
    LINK –,7340,L-4521979,00.html

    • jenin on July 17, 2014, 1:25 pm

      dickerson–I’m always happy to see the silver lining. the one upside of no longer existing, as you point out, is I won’t have to suffer the constant rage of hearing the world, and especially this country, defend Israel’s indefensible actions.

  8. Marnie on July 17, 2014, 11:45 am

    I blame the US and UN mostly. I really don’t get what they’re afraid of. Israel is a teeny little country telling the US what to do and where to go. I hope these photos are plastered all over the media all the time. I think though that God has hardened the hearts of the new pharoahs (the West, Netanyahu); they won’t listen to reason but will they be able to survive the consequences of that.

  9. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 11:48 am

    This is an interview by the great Jon Snow of Channel 4 News with the odious Mark Regev – real name Mark Freiberg. It’s well worth watching, and is a welcome antidote to the cowardice of most Western ‘journalists’ when it comes to Israel. Regev and Snow have a history of sparring, and every time, Snow has shown Regev up for the lying, heartless bastard he is. Snow’s contempt for Regev drips from every word he speaks:

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 1:09 pm

      MDM that was refreshing. This is how our media should and must interview these war criminals. No soft balls, and letting them get away with bull. Our media will never speak this way to any Israeli officials. In fact Blitzer will feed him the questions, that will allow them to spew the lies and propaganda.
      A must watch. Thank you.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 1:48 pm

        You’re welcome. I do think Snow might have been a bit harder on Regev at the start, and pushed him more on the circumstances surrounding the boys’ deaths, but I loved how he finished by calling Regev a coward, while the latter babbled away incoherently.

        Like I said, Snow and Regev have a bit of a history, and Snow has won hands down, every time. Here’s a classic:

        And this is another interview, done not by Snow, but by his equally no-bullshit Channel 4 colleague Mark Thompson. Here is Regev getting flustered trying to defend the IDF not allowing the Red Cross to reach starving children during ‘Operation Cast Lead’:

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 3:29 pm

        Regev is such a turd. He has so much of the provincialism of Israel as well. And the small mindedness. Like a Daily Mail reader in the service of evil.

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 3:49 pm

        They should wheel in Regev 6 months later to hear how the investigations went . The way he talks about Israel, like it’s a country run on ethics and law

        and he’s such a respected professional

        ” ProjectsBlack7 months ago
        He sounds like a racists South African rather than an Australian. Regev is a master race, Nazi bastard. The only action taken against the IDF on innocent non Jews is a big nothing!”

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 4:25 pm

        If I was Jon Snow or any other interviewer, this is one question I’d ask Regev/Freiburg:

        ”If Israel is such a dangerous country, with its terrified citizens cowering helplessly under the constant deadly barrage of Khamas missiles, why the hell did you leave a prosperous liberal democracy like Australia to take up residence there?”

      • Marnie on July 18, 2014, 3:33 am

        There is an understanding that you never, ever, ever apologize. That’s part of the “culture”. If you catch them red handed (literally, blood all over their hands), the most you’ll get is “It’s a mistake.” Never the words “I’m sorry”. If you say you are sorry, you acknowledge a problem, you’ve done something wrong. Then you have to do something about it, which is a big problem because they’re not really that into you and they just aren’t about that. Everyone else (goyim) must apologize and grovel, beg for forgiveness and express great love and admiration. Go ahead and call me hateful, antisemitic, whatever. I’m not going to say I love the aroma when all I can smell is shit.

      • Marnie on July 18, 2014, 3:15 am

        Regev mentions at about 1:11 the “difficult combat situation in Gaza”. Ya, it’s got to be absolute hell getting into a combat with gradeschool kids. He’s such a lousy prick this guy, looking sideways, not directly at the person he’s talking to and always Hamas this, Hamas that, difficult situation, yes we value the Red Cross (as long as they play ball with us, otherwise fuck ’em), difficult situation, Hamas, terrorists, israeli’s in danger, bomb shelters………
        I love this man interviewing him, will not back down and calls him on bullshit immediately. Then we have the american journalists who were all born without spines apparently. Can someone tell me what they’re so afraid of that they can’t properly question these criminals?

    • adele on July 17, 2014, 11:26 pm

      Thanks for posting that MDM. Most beautiful of all is how it exposes the house of cards Israel is built on, the hasbara doesn’t work when it is openly questioned and with just one puff it comes crashing down. The hasbarists are so used to being coddled and given soft questions by the MSM that they fall apart when presented with the truth. Bravo Jon Snow!

  10. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 12:36 pm

    ”Ayman Mohyeldin of NBC witnessed the killings. But he was not featured on the broadcast last night.”

    Sadly, as I’ve said before, it’s probably only a matter of time before Mohyeldin either ‘moderates’ his coverage or finds that his contract at MSMBC is not renewed, after which he will be shunned by all US networks. An articulate, talented, handsome Arab man who refuses to sugar-coat Israeli monstrosities for the ‘Merkin audience is a mortal danger to hasbara. Which is why I don’t expect him to last long on American screens.

  11. MTd2 on July 17, 2014, 12:42 pm

    So, in simple language, the 4 children were killed by cannon shots.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 1:51 pm

      I said it was only a matter of time, but I didn’t think it would be so little time. NBC will go back to ‘covering’ Gaza by monolingual English speakers in West Jerusalem.

      Mohyeldin will either be shunted to covering the breaking news of cats getting stuck in trees in Idaho, or asked to leave. Not sure why he ever left Al Jazeera, to be honest.

      • Sumud on July 17, 2014, 3:04 pm

        AJE lost some credibility after pushing the pro-rebel side in Syria so hard.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 3:26 pm

        True that. I also got the feeling a while back that they were starting to become more ‘balanced’ on Palestine – ie doing the BBC thing of equating a scraped knee in Sderot with a slaughtered family in Gaza. However, their coverage of this war has been pretty good.

        Another bilingual journalist – who covered Gaza alongside Mohyeldin during ‘cast lead’ – is the excellent Sherine Tadros. She too left AJE recently, and is now with Murdoch’s Sky News. British media isn’t quite as craven as its US counterpart, though still bad enough. I wonder how long she’ll be knocking at AJE’s door again, having been asked to tone it down by Murdoch News?

  12. DaBakr on July 17, 2014, 1:06 pm

    while the idea of a WaPo op-ed may be stomache churning to many here I thought the premise is one that can not be completely ignored. Why does Hamas feel it is in a good position to continue its rocket attacks while its citizens continue to suffer…..

    (just one paragraph from the op-ed):
    “Why would Hamas insist on continuing the fight when it is faring so poorly? The only plausible answer is stomach-turning: The Islamic movement calculates that it can win the concessions it has yet to obtain from Israel and Egypt not by striking Israel but by perpetuating the killing of its own people in Israeli counterattacks. More than 200 people, including a number of children, have already died in Gaza; Hamas probably calculates that more deaths will prompt Western governments to pressure Israel to grant Hamas’s demands.”

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 1:54 pm

      The only thing ‘stomach churning’ about that editorial is that the WP is trying to cover up Israeli atrocities by shifting the blame onto the resistance. Submit and leave yourselves open to the next round of massacres in about 2 years time, or die. That’s the message.

      You and the WP need to do a bit better than that.

  13. Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 1:12 pm

    Part of the plea by Dermer to all American Jews to help with Israel’s losing PR war to Hamas….seems the zionist media answered that call. Ayman out and a zio loving reporter in, soon.
    It is a shame. Ayman was a great reporter.

    Next will be Ben Wiedeman.

  14. richb on July 17, 2014, 1:21 pm

    Richard Engel is Rachel Maddow’s go to guy for foreign policy. This could explain Rachel’s coverage (or lack thereof). If the purported concern is for the reporter’s “safety” then why send a reporter that was recently abducted?

  15. Sumud on July 17, 2014, 1:26 pm

    It’s great to see thousands of Brits protesting at BBC House about their terribly biased coverage of the atrocities in Gaza, now what are you American folks going to do about NBC pulling Ayman M for too much truth-telling???

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 1:38 pm

      Crickets Sumud. Americans are more interested in the goings on with the Kadarshians, rather than feel outraged that free speech has been muzzled again.

  16. American on July 17, 2014, 1:46 pm

    ” Isn’t it in the best interest of Israel to lift the blockade over Gaza and to allow some sort of revitalization of that area so that there aren’t millions of Palestinians surrounding your country who see no other option but violence?….Tapper>>>>

    Puke!….isnt it time to quit framing every question about P/I with “what is good for Israel”?
    They are f’king midget nazis—ask how to stop the nazis— not what is best for them.

  17. Sumud on July 17, 2014, 1:48 pm

    If you haven’t seen it yet here is Ayman Mohyeldin on Andrea Mitchell’s show not long after the killing at the beach:

    I’ll bet this was the report that got him booted, too real, too vivid – too human.

    Richard Engel (AM’s replacement) doesn’t even speak Arabic, bet he won’t be playing soccer with young lads in Gaza.

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 1:59 pm

      The mere fact that a non Arabic person is being sent to this region, simply shows just how keen they are to get the truth about what is happening in Gaza.

      This is a huge push by the zionists, to win the PR battle in the US. Dermer begged and appealed to American Jews, an SOS to save the motherland, to help “win” the PR war apparently Hamas was winning. This is a shameless effort to stifle free speech, and the truth from coming out. Slowly, they will stop the truth from coming out, and pull the wool over the eyes of the American people, plying us with their lies and propaganda.
      The guilty are afraid, and Israel is as guilty as a serial killer, for war crimes.
      Those who profess to be Americans, but still do the hasbara for Israel, and cover it’s crimes, are no patriots, they are doing the American people a great disservice, by lying and covering for one of the most disliked nations in the world, and its on going brutal crimes against civilians, who live in the biggest concentration camp in the area. Amazing that a alien nation is able to stifle free speech in our nation, and our politicians and media are complicit in this crime.

    • Inanna on July 17, 2014, 8:30 pm

      Richard Engel does speak Arabic Sumud. He obviously spent some time in Egypt since his accent is Egyptian and he can also communicate in 3amia (colloquial Arabic). But he still knows which side his bread is buttered on.

      • Sumud on July 17, 2014, 10:46 pm

        Thanks Inanna my bad, I read Glenn Greenwald’s story wrong it is Engel’s producer that doesn’t.

  18. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Hate to say I told you say, but I predicted last week that it was only a matter of time before Mohyledin got the old heave-ho.

    Even I didn’t think it would be quite so little time though. Some pretty strongly-worded telephone calls must have taken place.

    • Kay24 on July 17, 2014, 2:14 pm

      Yes for sure, there would have been a flurry of calls, especially after Dermers appeal for reinforcements for hasbara. They cannot have Hamas winning the PR war, now can they? Never mind their own criminal war crimes brought it on themselves.

  19. American on July 17, 2014, 2:33 pm

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  20. richb on July 17, 2014, 3:04 pm

    Matt Lee said State Dept Spox said #GazaBeach deaths “make clear #Israel must take every possible step 2 meet its standards 4 protecting civilians”

    I confirmed with him that his understanding of the statement was not that Israel should live up with international standards for protecting civilians but rather their own standards.

  21. Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 3:23 pm

    Have NBC made an official statement on this? How will they justify removing an experienced bilingual correspondent, who has covered Gaza for years, in favour of a non-Arabic speaker with no experience in the region?

  22. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 3:24 pm

    So obvious. Hasbara in danger so get Mohyeldin the fuck outta Gaza.
    Israel can’t risk the goys finding out the real story.
    Wait until Gaza becomes unliveable. It’s going to be far beyond Adelson’s capacity to fix.

  23. Kris on July 17, 2014, 3:30 pm

    Or maybe it’s true that there are credible threats to Mohyeldin, and he’s being pulled to save his life? Israel has a history of murdering journalists.

  24. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 3:53 pm

    Ground invasion has started. More human sacrifices for the golden calf YESHA.


    “9:20 P.M. Right-wing demonstrating outside of a “Breaking the Silence” event on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv. Police prevented the demonstrators from approaching a nearby restaurant after someone at the restaurant yelled, calling them “baboons.” Protesters heard shouting “Mohammed is Dead,” and “Let the IDF screw the Arabs.” ”

    Expect record whining about delegitimisation by Halloween.

    • just on July 17, 2014, 3:56 pm

      Filthy, filthy, filthy.

      Wolf is positively rapturous reporting this filth that Israel is doing.

      • lysias on July 17, 2014, 4:12 pm

        Of course Wolf is happy. War is great for CNN ratings.

      • Sumud on July 17, 2014, 4:53 pm

        Wolf is happy as long as there’s a bomb shelter nearby he can report from, de rigeur for the embedded “journalist” – and you don’t ever mention that panel he was on with Norman F in the 80s.

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 4:22 pm

        Zionism has done to Judaism what Cordyceps does to jungle ants

        Infiltrated their bodies and their minds. Utterly disorientated . War is the reason why.

      • just on July 17, 2014, 4:31 pm

        whoa– hadn’t seen that one before. It’s infectious as well.

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 4:47 pm

        Cordyceps evolved to control population explosion in ants and other insects so that the jungle could function without any one dominating. It’s very elegant evolutionary logic.

        One of the problems with Zionism is that it has no predator. So it just gets bigger and sicker. The IDF is way out of scale for a country the size of Israel and it needs a turkey shoot every 18 months.

        A collapse is the most likely end point.

      • just on July 17, 2014, 5:07 pm

        A very good analogy.

    • Walid on July 17, 2014, 4:38 pm

      ThelLast 10 days were tearing Israel apart and Netanyahu had to do something. At this stage it’s looking like a very limited operation of going in for 2 km only to dig the ground for the launching tunnels that are built at over 10 meters deep. This would limit Israel’s losses. 8,000 IDF soldiers are being used for the operation and they just called up an additional 2,000.

      • seafoid on July 17, 2014, 4:52 pm

        The IDF Hospital Brigade (HaHeartless) is back in business.
        No shame whatsoever

        “11:35 P.M. Al Wafa rehabilitation hospital in Gaza City is hit by an Israeli strike, wounding an unknown number of people, Physicians for Human Rights report. Earlier it was reported that there are 17 patients inside the hospital who cannot be evacuated due to their medical condition. ”

        They were also active in Beirut in 1982 shelling hospitals

        Judaism values life above all etc

      • just on July 17, 2014, 4:56 pm

        There is no excuse for this–NONE. Wounding the infirm? These people need healthcare, and where are all the newly maimed supposed to go????????

        War criminals.

  25. just on July 17, 2014, 4:22 pm

    Wedeman just said that he was awakened by loud banging and was told that they had to evacuate the hotel– convenient, eh? He’s predicting this will be “more bloody” than in the past.

    (btw, these robocalls and leaflets are bs)

    (I hope that Wedeman stays put and safe)

    • lysias on July 17, 2014, 4:39 pm

      I guess they’ve made sure Mohyeldin can’t report what goes on during the ground invasion.

      • just on July 17, 2014, 4:49 pm

        Both Wedeman and Moyheldin only report the facts– they don’t promote one side over the other.

        The facts in Gaza are baaaaad. But, I guess NBC doesn’t want the world to know them. They deligitimize themselves.

    • tree on July 17, 2014, 5:29 pm

      Twitter from reporter Peter Stevanovic: Media told by @IDF to leave all beachfront hotels in Gaza, which we are in. Have nowhere else to go. Could be a long night.

      I heard that the IDF at least gave them 30 minutes to evacuate, where the Palestinians get 57 seconds. Same problem though. Where do you go?

      This is why the IDF banned all reporters from Gaza during Cast Lead. Some of them might actually report what is happening there.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 17, 2014, 5:32 pm

        Mohyeldin was there, along with his former AJE colleague Shireen Tadros.

        Now, of course, he’s not. How convenient.

      • lysias on July 17, 2014, 5:33 pm

        If they took refuge in a mosque, they might not be that safe, but they would have an excellent chance of witnessing atrocities, if they did manage to survive.

      • oldgeezer on July 18, 2014, 2:08 am

        Haaretz reports that the army has ordered all foreign journos to stay in their hotels (and it came from journos they say). hmmmm. Israel time.

        11:27 P.M. Foreign journalists in Gaza report that the IDF has told them to remain in their hotels for the duration (Haaretz)

      • annie on July 18, 2014, 2:40 am

        i saw a tweet from rudoren earlier saying they’ve now closed eretz crossing to journos

  26. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 5:05 pm

    They got their man in Cairo
    “Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry attacked Hamas, and blamed the organization for utilizing the current crisis to improve its standing after a drop in its standing with the Palestinians. According to Shoukry, those who opposed the Egyptian cease-fire proposal are responsible for the Palestinian blood being spilled right now.”

    But they’ll never buy respect from the Masri sh’aab by murdering Palestinians

    “I did an awful thing this week. I committed one of Judaism’s three cardinal sins by renouncing my faith.It happened in a second. I was interviewing a young Islamist on the outskirts of Tahrir Square in central Cairo, and when I asked him how his religion shaped his political outlook, he answered, “It is the same for all men of faith. You are a Christian, are you not?” I mumbled for a second and then said yes and we carried on with the interview.
    It has been torturing me ever since. Why did I have to pretend to be anything other than a Jew? I very much doubt that if I had owned up to the faith of my fathers, he or any of his friends would have done anything to harm me, but I just didn’t want to take the risk. And besides, it would have ruined the entire flow of what was quite a promising interview to start going into the fact that I was of the Hebraic persuasion.
    I’m not sure what disturbs me more. The fact that I committed a sin that is not even permissible on pain of death? The fact that I had to stoop to subterfuge to get a few quotes? Or simply a feeling of depression that in the capital of a nation that has been at peace with Israel for 32 years, it still makes sense to hide your origins?”

    that is the great fear of the IDF, that they’ll never be accepted. And they probably won’t, the way they are going.

  27. seafoid on July 17, 2014, 5:27 pm

    “Netanyahu’s statement added: “Israel is committed to act to protect its citizens. The operation will continue until its goals are reached: To bring quiet to the citizens of Israel for a long period of time”

    Reminds me of what Edward Said said
    “The common battle against poverty, injustice and militarism must now be joined seriously, and without the ritual demands for psychological security for Israelis – who if they don’t have it now, never will. ”

    And what the FT said
    “Israeli policy has left the Palestinian Authority toothless and discredited, its land eaten away by the continuing occupation of the West Bank and Arab East Jerusalem. But Israel’s reputation in the world is also eroding, and it is an illusion to think it can remain an oasis of peace and prosperity in a region on fire, so long as the Palestinians have no prospect of a viable state of their own.”

    This is also germane

    And there is also something really weird about Zionism- the insistence on decorum alongside the bloodlust

    “At this point, a peculiar snuffling sound issues from the far side of the room. Schwartz, the alsatian, has deftly lifted a piece of cake from a china plate on the coffee table and thrown it down his throat. Sharon stiffens. He speaks sharply to his assistant in Hebrew. “It’s a terrible thing,” he says. “He never did that before.” The dog is dragged off by the scruff of its neck. “Bad manners,” mutters Sharon furiously”

    Give me a dog over a rabid Zionist every single time.

  28. DICKERSON3870 on July 17, 2014, 9:54 pm

    RE: “But late yesterday, NBC sent another correspondent, Richard Engel, along with an American producer who has never been to Gaza and speaks no Arabic, into Gaza to cover the ongoing Israeli assault.” ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: Richard Engel is the consummate mainstream/corporate “journalist”. It’s no wonder he’s to the liking of NBC/Comcast execs like David L. Cohen. I remember some of Engel’s totally excellent exclusive “imbeds” with U.S. troops in Iraq and/or Afghanistan that were thoroughly nauseating. He can “brown nose” like there’s absolutely noting left to eat but the remnants of already digested food (“if you catch my drift”).
    When Rachel Maddow went embarrassingly “gaga” for Engel five or so years ago, I pretty much lost the considerable respect I had once had for her.
    Shortly thereafter, I “cut the cable”*! That might well have been the best thing I’ve ever done (which might say a bit too much about the ‘sum total’ of what I’ve done).

    * Umphrey’s McGee: Cut the Cable (Studio) [VIDEO, 04:24] –

    * 30db (Brendan Bayliss and Jeff Austin): “Cut The Cable” performed for a drunken audience at the Abbey Pub on 5.9.12 [VIDEO, 03:30] –

    • DICKERSON3870 on July 17, 2014, 11:09 pm


      ERRATA: “Brown nose” apparently should have been “brownnose” or “brown-nose”.

      A BONUS OF ADDITIONAL SELF-DEPRECATION: Oh what a tangled web we weave, When first we practice to deceive impress (i.e. go overboard trying to impress everyone myself).

      I mean, perhaps if I [‘I’ being said with great emphasis] had been privy to highfalutin’, state-of-the-art toilet training, but [insert a ridiculously long, audible sigh* at this point] alas . . .

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love – 2 – Goes Without Saying, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 03:19] –

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love – 5 – Resplendent, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 05:02] –

      * Bill Mallonee And Vigilantes Of Love – 13 – Solar System, from the CD Audible Sigh (1999) [VIDEO, 03:39] –

      ** As the nice ladies (OK, OK . . . and gents) of the ILGWU so sweetly used to sing: Look for the union label!
      Look for the Union Label 1978 ILGWU ad [VIDEO, 01:00] –

  29. traintosiberia on July 17, 2014, 10:14 pm

    US and Russia getting closer and loser to a war . China might play the same role US played in both World Wars . This development seems more likely than ever has it before . That possibility if ever realized will finish Israel . Israel will remain a country but will not have the free ride on the back of western countries any more and no one will step up to the begging bowl of Israel . This lack of free resources and lack of access to myriad other opportunities will force the country to fold ,and the society to fragment .
    In the ancient times more Israelis did trek away looking or better life and opportunity. I see a similar development .

  30. Inanna on July 18, 2014, 12:47 am
  31. iResistDe4iAm on July 18, 2014, 10:37 am

    Ayman Mohyeldin should resign from NBC, go freelance and continue reporting from Gaza. He knows his way around, knows the language and will be well positioned to provide independent reporting from what is likely to be a closed Israeli killing zone.

    Stay safe Ayman.

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