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Palestinian uprising not fueled by media reports

To the Editor:

In your article "Israel learns to fight a media war" [Feb. 14], Israeli President Chaim Herzog expressed his opinion that television journalists helped to incite violence in the territories, as the leaders of the uprising need the media attention to start riots.

The Palestinian uprising (intifada in Arabic) did not start as a result of the media coverage, nor is it sustained because Palestinians love to appear being shot or beaten to death on television screens. It is rather the result of many years of occupation and oppression by the Israelis. Years of dreams lost and hopes abandoned.

In the same article, the Israeli military spokesman Col. Raanan Gissen complains that the "tunnel vision of television" only shows what is occurring at one place at one time, and does not show what happened 10 minutes after the clip of the film that makes it on the air.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank him for his kind concern. To satisfy his curiosity, in the 10 minutes after a clip was taken, the Palestinian boy who was shot during the clip has probably died, the mother whose daughter or son was snatched away from her arms into the waiting army car is probably crying with anguish, and the family whose house was demolished is probably looking for food and shelter!

No, taking the media away will not end the uprising. Only one thing will: giving the Palestinians their own state. The two states can coexist in peace.

Ala M. Alryyes G->