Yesterday night..

..the most incredible mix of images was offered by Al Jazeera Mubasher which is Al Jazeera’s live channel where they broadcast only events -like press conferences, official meetings, etc- live, without any cuttings or comments. Yesterday night the celebrations for the Orthodox Christmas going on in the amazing beautiful church of Bethlhem were live on their screens, without any editing or comments.  It was almost surrealistic, not only because you see all those beatiful celebrations and you think that Bethlhem is only few miles away from what’s happening in Gaza, being also a part of the same Palestinian country. It was surrealistic, too,  because at the bottom of the screen there was a smaller window, where the United Nations conference in New York was about to be broadcasted live, featuring the discussion of the UN Security Council about the Gaza issue. Those two images  put together without any comment and going on parallel -the Bethlhmen church and New York UN office- were just so distant one from each other, either if both being related to the same tragedy happening in Gaza. The Strip was not appearing itself  on the screen ever during this live broadcast but virtually it was everywhere in those Nativity celebrations as it was everywhere spread in the words of the world nations’ diplomats. At the same time, even if being everywhere, its tragic reality of violence and death was still so faraway from those rejoicing people of one side and from those debating people on the other side. Some time TV can make you think even without saying a word. It was a very interesting job what Al Jazeera Mubasher did yesterday.

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