Some Sderot teenagers will be issued camcorders to document the difficulties of living under Palestinian rocket attacks.
Israel's foreign ministry will provide four Sderot teens and two youths from nearby farming communities with camcorders, Yediot Achronot reported Sunday. The teens are being asked to record the anxiety caused by rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, with a view to posting the footage on film-sharing sites such as YouTube.
Given international attention on the Palestinian plight in Gaza, Israel is searching for ways to stir foreign sympathy for its civilians targeted in the almost daily shelling attacks.___________________________________________________________________
But wait a minute, isn't this the same government that is telling the world that the siege of Gaza,
the illegal collective punishment of the entire population of that small strip of land is justified? Now we have to have proof positive of their right to blockade Gaza by documenting THEIR anxiety when the documented SUFFERING of the ENTIRE population of Gaza is their OWN fault?
Isn't Israel telling everyone it is their right to do this and that the people of Gaza DESERVE this blockade and seek in all ways through their Hasbara to say that the Palestinians are either FAKING their misery and even if they aren't "faking" then whatever they "get" is due to their choice in leadership?
When will Israel EVER learn, it is not a question for the world who is turning against them (OUTSIDE the Arab world) and also did the same when Israel invaded and destroyed much of Lebanon in summer 2006, it is a question of looking at Israel's choice in how they react to any given situation and that their "reaction" is always a brutal OVER-REACTION. Israel continues to think that they have the God-given right to commit genocide on the Palestinians who have the audacity to remain on the land they have lived on for millenium. Rather than CHOOSING to live in peace with the Palestinians, they come up with even more ideas of how to RID the land they feel "God gave to them" of it's indigenous population.
That is the bottom line, Israel has NOT chosen to live in peace with its' Palestinian people neither outside OR inside Israel proper.
From the Carter Center:
Carter Center Calls for Ceasefire and Dialogue in Gaza
By admin - Posted on January 27th, 2008
26 January 2008 -- After two years of almost complete isolation, the people of the Gaza Strip breached the iron wall along the border with Egypt, pouring over the border to seek basic supplies, receive needed health care, and some said, to "breathe a breath of freedom." Although Egypt seems poised to close the border again, most Gazans are giving Hamas credit for relieving their misery, even if the relief is temporary.
The current crisis in Gaza underscores the need for immediate action and a new approach by the key actors, including a mutual ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, an end to Israel's blockade of Gaza, and reconciliation between the Palestinian leaders in Fatah and Hamas.
Although some Israeli leaders had expressed hope that the siege in Gaza would lead to an uprising against Hamas, the group enjoys significant popular support among Palestinians, as well as electoral legitimacy from their victory in the parliamentary elections in 2006. As a result, efforts to defeat Hamas militarily or to strangle them economically are unlikely to succeed, while serving to strengthen their image as the leader of the resistance to what most Palestinians see as an illegal occupation of their territory.
The Carter Center strongly condemns the rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza against Israeli civilians, which cannot be justified under any circumstances, and respects the Israeli government's right and duty to take measures to protect the security of its people. At the same time, the Center also condemns Israel's collective punishment of the 1.5 million inhabitants of Gaza, an action that violates international standards of political and humanitarian rights.
The government of Egypt made an appropriate response to the breached wall by allowing the movement of people into its territory to alleviate this humanitarian crisis, though its previous decision to seal the border contributed to the siege and desperation of the people of Gaza. The Center hopes these events prompt a new border agreement between Egypt and Gazans that will allow more regular movement of people and goods.
More broadly, as Israel, Egypt, the United States, and the Palestinian leadership consider how best to proceed in light of the forced opening of the Rafah crossing, the Center strongly urges all sides to seek another road - a road of negotiation, dialogue, and conciliation, rather than of force, punishment, and the continuous ratcheting up of the vicious cycle of violence.
Israel and Hamas should explore without delay a possible agreement for mutual cease fire throughout Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza that would allow citizens of both Israel and Gaza to live free from fear of rocket attacks, air strikes, and military incursions. Such an agreement could be a first step toward a more comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and all of the Palestinians.
The Government of Israel should lift the blockade of the Gaza border crossings and resume not only the regular delivery of electricity, fuel, and humanitarian supplies to Gaza, but also the normal movement of imports and exports necessary to maintain economic life.
Palestinians should act soon to heal the rift that has torn their community apart. As proposed by Egypt, talks should proceed to reach a political solution between President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and Hamas' political leaders. A resolution of the crisis in Gaza, reconciliation among Palestinians, and the viability of any peace agreement between Israel and Abbas are inextricably linked. (source)
Source: Carter Center