On Arab TV, the images from Gaza are of dead women and children
A glance at the Arab TV channels shows horrific images, so much so that Al Jazeera warned viewers about content.
Samir, a 35-year-old Gazan journalist, maintains a calm tone in our daily phone calls. He usually even offers a joke at the expense of some Palestinian politician. But on Saturday he sounded agitated. "Have you all gone mad? What happened to you," he asked. "It's one thing if you only hit gunmen. But look at the pictures - they're all children, women. What is this madness? You have turned insanity into an art form."
A glance at the Arab television channels makes his comments clear. The images are horrific, so much so that Al Jazeera warned viewers about the content.
A shell has hit the kitchen of the Asliyeh family in Jebel Al-Kashf, east of Jabalya. A TV crew bursts into the room, together with the family. When the dust clears we see a small, charred body. Only the hair identifies it as a little girl. The men in the room scream "Samah, Samah." The victim is Samah, 12. Her mother runs in, screaming her name. The men hurry her out to keep her from seeing. The screaming continues.
Samah's sister, Salwa Asliyeh, 17, was also killed. The medics search for body parts in the rubble. Their brothers and sisters wait outside, wailing.
Another Israel Defense Forces missile has landed on a street in Jebal Al-Kashf. The camera focuses on a body with a severed hand that passersby take to the hospital and pans to a young man; who appears to be severely injured, his face covered with blood and dust. A teenager approaches him: "Say 'La Ilaha Illa Allah' [There is no God but Allah]," he demands.
Kamal Adwan Hospital, in the northern Gaza Strip: An ambulance stops at the emergency room entrance. The medic rushes a two-month-old baby inside. The infant's clothes are bloody and he seems to be in shock. The doctors place him on a stretcher and begin removing his clothing. He wakes up and begins to cry; he appears to be OK, only his clothes are bloody.
The Jabalya refugee camp. From a rooftop, an Al-Jazeera camera covers the events in and around Jebal Al-Kashf. There are explosions almost every minute; smoke billows between the houses. A helicopter fires in bursts. The reporter updates viewers on the numbers of dead. The studio anchorwoman, in Doha, asks angrily whether a residential neighborhood is under fire. The reporter confirms it, not bothering to add that Hamas militants are fighting IDF soldiers in the alleyways.
Former Knesset Member Azmi Bishara is on air, in his new role as political commentator. He focuses his criticism on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Saturday in Gaza, everyone spoke the language of Hamas.