While reading about the current problems in Israel in newspapers or magazines seems to be more dispassionate, seeing what is happening through the eyes of a camera is frightening. Perhaps the worst views were of Martin Fletcher, reporting on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, Monday night, April 1. Fletcher reported that his car was shot at by Israeli soldiers, and while he and his camera man were not hit, there were dozens of bullet holes in his car, windshield and car windows. At one point, Fletcher reported, a hail of bullets stopped his car. They had turned on the interior lights, raised their hands, showed press credentials. But, after a few seconds' pause Israeli soldiers fired again. Fletcher stated: "I turned the car into reverse, spun around and we got out of there".
Currently, the headlines are about Yassir Arafat's plight, and complaints that President Bush and the administration are not doing anything to alleviate the situation. In the New York TIMES (April 2) the lead story states that "President Bush, under rising criticism for his handling of the growing violence in the Middle East, expressed frustration today that Yassir Arafat, the Palestinian leader, has failed to denounce what he called 'the constant attacks' of suicide bombers." (Sanger & Gordon 1) The article, however, also reports that Bush has yet to talk directly to Arafat, and has not been in contact with Israeli President Sharon, either.
CNN news this morning, April 2, shows the Arafat compound in Ramallah, with every window blown out or shattered, and several hundred people, including children, surrounded inside. The CNN headline news also reported that Sharon offered Arafat a one-way ticket out, into exile- something Arafat has vehemently refused to accept.
TIME (April 8, 2002) quotes Arafat (p 26) as saying: "They want me as a prisoner, a fugitive, or dead. I want to be a martyr." The same issue features pictures of young Palest...