Studies show that US coverage is Israeli-centric. The main bureaus for CNN, Associated Press, Time, etc. are located in Israel and often staffed by Israelis. The son of the NY Times bureau chief is in the Israeli army;"pundit" Jeffrey Goldberg served in the IDF; Wolf Blitzer worked for AIPAC. Because the U.S. gives Israel over $8 million/day - more than to any other nation - we feel it is essential that we be fully informed on this region. Below are news reports to augment mainstream coverage.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Gaza fishermen challenge Israeli naval siege; 70,000 livelihoods in peril

Ma’an – Palestinian fishermen are challenging Israeli naval restrictions on how far they can sail off the coast of Gaza.

The Ministry of Agriculture in the Gaza Strip says some fishermen took their ships out six miles from the coast Saturday and Sunday, even though the navy opened fire to send them back.

In a statement, the ministry called for solidarity with the fishermen in their daring move, and insisted the campaign would continue until the fishing limits imposed by Israel are finally lifted.

The fishing industry employs some 3,500 people on 700 boats, according to labor statistics provided by the ministry. The industry supports the livelihoods of some 70,000 Palestinians, it says.