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What Wasn't On The News & Action Brief

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What Wasn't On The News

Since the morning, a massive propaganda campaign is mounted in the Israeli governmental media covering the army's invasion and re-occupation of the Palestinian city of Tul Karm and its adjacent refugee camps.

Prime time TV audiences were treated to footage of well-behaved soldiers, following strict orders to avoid harm to the civilian population. Such was in particular the tendency of the reportage - if that is the correct term - by Ron Ben Yishai, First Channel TV correspondent who was chosen by the IDF spokesman to accompany the forces enetering Tul-Karm.

In his reportage, in the Nine O'clock News Ben Yishai made a short reference to "armed Palestinians trying to escape in ambulances" - a very criptic reference for ordinary Israelis with no access to alternative sources of information.

Ben Yishai apparently knew about what we heard from Palestinian contacts - the army's shooting at Palestinian ambulances, in two seperate incidents at Tulkarm today, in each case killing medical crew members and wounding others.

At this moment, the Tel-Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights are trying to get the military to let the surviving ambulance crews - and the other wounded Palestinians, to whom the ambulances were trying to get in the first place - evacuated to a hospital where they could get urgently-needed medical help.

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Action brief

Hadash members of the north are tomorrow morning going on a solidarity visit to the Jenin Refugee Camp which was the IFD target a week ago. While the Friday vigils of Women in Black are again spreading over more locations, and soldarity with three jailed refusers is organized by Yesh Gvul, Peace Now is stepping up its weekly protests. A daily vigil from morning until evening will start in front of Sharon's Jerusalem residence, as of Sunday.

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