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Update – 28 May 2007

Dear Advocates,

***DON’T MISS ITAMAR MARCUS FROM PALESTINIAN MEDIA WATCH (PMW) IN HIS ONLY PUBLIC APPEARANCE IN MELBOURNE SPEAKING ON YOM YERUSHALAYIM – TUESDAY 5 JUNE 2007 *** For more, read below the news headlines!!

Today’s Age featured an article with the headline ‘Israel vows more raids on Hamas’. The focus of the article should be that an Israeli was killed yesterday in a Hamas rocket attack on Sderot. This is the second fatality in less than a week. As is usually the case with The Age, the focus is on Israel as the aggressor, on Israel’s air strikes on Gaza, and not on the reason why Israel is striking targets in Gaza. The constant barrage of rocket attacks on Sderot is repeatedly ignored. In an interesting contrast, the headline on the same issue in The Australian reads ‘Olmert pledges to stop Hamas rockets’ . The difference between the two is subtle but important.

I understand that the person who files the report is not the same person who creates the headlines, and that a letter to Editor about a headline might be ineffective, nevertheless, the more letters than come in voicing discontent at deceptive headlines, the less they can be ignored.

I have received two different videos on Sderot which give a bit more insight on the day to day fear of the residents there, and the damage that each rocket does to the city that often does not get portrayed in the news.

Click here for a video from the Sderot Information Center for the Western Negev

Click here to view a video sent via the Press Office of the Embassy of Israel here in Australia

On another note, I wanted to inform you all of a VERY exciting event that is coming up next week, that would be of particular interest to our advocates.

The State Zionist Council together with Hamerkaz HaIsraeli and AIJAC will be presenting a very special evening on Tuesday 5 June at 7:30pm remembering and celebrating the 40th anniversary of a reunified Jerusalem.

   
The event will feature:
   
Special guest Itamar Marcus, founder and Director of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). PMW was established by Itamar Marcus in Jerusalem in 1996, to monitor and document Palestinian societal attitudes, as expressed in the media and by its political leadership and educational institutions.
*** This is Itamar Marcus’ only public appearance in Melbourne ***
   
A live video link up from Jerusalem with Michael B. Oren, author of the best-selling “Six Days of War: June 1967 & the Making of Modern Middle East”, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award
For more information on Michael Oren go to www.michaeloren.com/
   
Yerushalayim “Shira B’tzibur”
***Israeli supper provided ***

Admission: $25
Beth Weizmann Community Centre – 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South.
For catering purposes, please RSVP by Friday 1 June – SZC: 9272 5544

With guest speakers, a video link up with Israel, music and supper, this is going to be an action packed event not to be missed!

Best Wishes,

Emily Chrapot
State Zionist Council of Victoria
9272 5507
www.szcvic.org

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