NPR Report on Gaza Fighting
GAZA RADIO REPORT
Greetings to all for the New Year 2009!
My first full length report (nearly eight minutes long, but future ones will be shorter) is now available to be broadcast on over 800 public radio stations scattered all over the United States, many broadcasting from college campuses, with a typical audience of university students and professional working adults. However, I am told that the individual stations are more likely to air the reports if they receive good reviews via the NPR web site, which is also the easiest way for you to hear it if you wish to, since it is available to listen anytime at your convenience. They have an easy five star rating system on the site. All you have to do is click the link provided below, and log in if you are already registered on their site, or set up a free account, which takes only a couple minutes. If you don't want any notices from them on other programs, just leave the box that asks about that unchecked. When the main page comes up, just put my full name in the search engine on the top of the home page and the report is there! A shorter report I did last week is also posted.
Today's report was based on the update that I sent to this e mail list on Saturday evening, as the second week of the war was beginning. Despite the ongoing Israeli army ground campaign which has cut the narrow Gaza Strip in half from east to west (the Mediterranean Sea), and is now moving into heavy fighting in Gaza City-the seat of Hamas government in the small coastal zone-the militant Muslim group is still able to fire dozens of rockets per day at Israeli communities in the vicinity, with two reportedly landing Monday night in the often shelled town of Sderot. Earlier a kindergarten in the port city of Ashdod took a direct rocket hit. Fortunately the government had closed all schools in the city, so there were no casualties. Rockets were also launched once again at the coastal city of Ashkelon. Buildings were damaged there as well. Israeli officials continue to warn that the military operation will be prolonged and difficult, despite growing international calls for an immediate ceasefire.
To hear the full report that I did for National Public Radio, go to this link and follow the simple sign in information: http://www.prx.org/pieces/32314
Thanks if you can take a moment to rate the report, and if you want, you can also clink another link they provide to send it to friends. I think this is an important chance to get a more balanced perspective on the Israeli-Hamas conflict broadcast on an influential American radio network.
DAVID DOLAN is a Jerusalem-based author and journalist who has lived and worked in Israel since 1980.