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June 12, 2012

"How media condition people to be anti-Israel"

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Writer Steve Apfel's observations on the media's role in promoting anti-Israel propaganda:

A popular and effective media device is to throw Israeli deeds into the pot with Palestinian deeds. What comes out of the pot is a tasty porridge named “cycle of violence.”

Apfel continues:

The melting pot offers two benefits. One, acts of Palestinian barbarism can be softened or hidden altogether; and two, Israelis can be paired with this barbarism to impart the idea of both sides in the slime pot together.

Read the entire article here.

Posted by at June 12, 2012 10:25 AM

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It is too difficult for too many people to accept the gigantic fundamental differences between the cultures and guiding ideologies of the Israelis and the Arabs. It is fashionable and p.c. to loudly proclaim how we (America, Europe, the West) are just like everyone else. This means we understand everyone else as we understand ourselves. This also means we expect everyone else to share our sensibilities. It is easier to castigate Israel for reacting to conduct that we do not understand than it is to revise our understanding of the Arabs to account for their actions.

Posted by: Ben at June 12, 2012 04:11 PM

Interesting article.
I don't consider myself a Jew hater - it's too simplistic and dismissive a label to level at anybody if they don't toe the Israeli line.
But I do consider myself someone who likes to think I have a sense of justice and I do find myself predisposed towards the Palestinian side of the fence. But I spent time in Israel in the 80s, both on a kibbutz, and lodging with in an Arab run hostel in Jerusalem and heard opinions from both sides.
Steve's article certainly highlights subtle prejudices in reporting that in all likelihood I would have missed, but he has to also accept it works the other way too. With little effort I came across a BBC online article of yesterday referring to an "Israeli Strike" (headline and in text), so it either reaffirms his notion that whoever wrote the piece is prejudiced (this time pro-Israeli), or that he is reading to much into some reporting.
There is bias of all kinds to be found, especially in situations of conflict, and all one can do - and in the internet age this isn't so difficult - is find multiple sources for coverage in order to find a balance and hopefully the truth.
In future I hope to be more vigilant in that respect - but Steve perhaps needs to reassess his perspective too.

Posted by: Duncan at June 26, 2012 03:30 PM

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