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Rolling Coverage: Documenting the conflict in Gaza

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One week ago today, at 7 AM AEST the situation in Gaza was at breaking point, with the United Nations warning that the violence may turn into a “full scale war”.

Ahmed Abu Hameeda

At this time, militants in Gaza had fired over 1,000 rockets into Israel, with airlines either suspending or diverting planes over fears they would be shot down.

103 Palestinians and seven Israelis had been killed, as Israel’s military moved troops towards the border and prepared for “all eventualities”.

SITUATION ESCALATES

At 7:22 AM, news began to break that Israel had officially invaded Gaza, after a tweet was posted by the country’s defence force saying that its air and ground troops had been deployed, and were attacking the Gaza Strip.

At 8:30 AM, Ticker News launched into rolling coverage as we tried to make sense of the situation in the Middle East and provide our viewers with comprehensive updates.

We would later find out that Israel had, in fact, not invaded the Gaza Strip. Nevertheless, the country was still launching intensive attacks from the border. A breakdown in communication was to blame for the confusion.

EXPERT WEIGHS IN

At 10 AM AEST, we were joined by Andray Domise from McLean’s Magazine who was reporting on the unfolding crisis from Canada.

Demise was calling on US President Joe Biden to step in and take immediate action to prevent a war from errupting.

Demise said the events the world was witnessing in the Gaza region were reminiscent to those during the Intifada Rebellion.

The Intifada Rebellion was an uprising of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with the aim of challenging Israel’s control.

ONE WEEK LATER

This morning, at 9:00 AM AEST (2:00 AM local time), a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas was officially enacted, bringing an end to the violence.

Footage flooded social media showing residents in Gaza taking to the streets and cheering with joy as a sense of calm was restored in the Middle East.

But despite the halting of rocket fire, tensions in and around the Gaza Strip remain at an all-time high.

So what’s next? Andray Demise joined us again and argued peace won’t be restored in the region until Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and his government leave politics.

AS THE DUST SETTLES

But as the dust settles and the ceasefire continues to do its job, it is important to reflect on the 11 days of violence which saw thousands of rockets fired, numerous citizens displaced and many people killed.

The impact of the conflict has been described as the worst in decades. It began on May 10, with tensions brought to a head when worshipers clashed at a holy site revered by both Muslims and Jews.

At least 232 people have lost their lives in Gaza, 100 of whom were women and children. 12 Israelis also died.

Around 4,000 rockets were fired by Hamas militants into Israeli territory, many of which were stopped by Israel’s so-called “Iron Dome”.

Israel’s Security Council says the ceasefire agreement was proposed by Egypt is equal and will be “unconditional”.

World leaders continue to offer their support, including US President Joe Biden who says his administration will offer “quiet, relentless diplomacy”.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Big tech caught in political drama

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Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.

 

The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture

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U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?

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The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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