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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hiding behind patriotism

Daniel Dor, The Suppression of Guilt, Pluto Press, 2005:

"...The common denominator [of the Israeli media], the foundational basis, lies in the portrayal of Israel - its government, its military, its people - as an agent without intentions, an innocent society that has been pushed into the operation, just as it was pushed into the entire Intifada, by the sheer force of Palestinian violence, with no agenda of its own except self-defence."

Dor's work paints a generally compliant Israeli media more than willing to offer uncritical support for the government and military in "times of war."

I read this fascinating short book today while flying to and from Melbourne. I was taping an interview for SBS television on the current issues in Israel and the racially exclusionary ideology of Zionism. The episode of the program - Speaking in Tongues - will screen next Monday, January 16. More on this in the days ahead.

6 Comments:

Blogger Melanie said...

"in times of war?" - you mean continually?
here is a piece you should report
http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1136361038491&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:02:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

Ah yes, more mewling for the Muslims. Whatever will be next? A Nobel Prize? chuckle chuckle.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:33:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

AL

I find Ha'aretz and The Jerusalem Post to be among the finest media on the planet. Got any goodies from Saudi Arabia, Iran, any of the Towlies?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 1:52:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

I actually find Ha'aretz generally very infomrative and in spite of being an Israerli publication, suprisingly fair.

Than again, I also find Al Jazeera and Pravda equally interesting reads. Often getting a different perspective (biased or otherwise) is sufficient to get a broader view of events. Bias is innevitable, but it doesn't always mean getting things wrong.

Thursday, January 12, 2006 3:01:00 am  
Blogger neoleftychick said...

addamo

Due to being lingusistically-challenged I cannot access the wisdom of those media, but it seems to me that Ha'aretz publishes a great, great deal of anti-Zionist and anti-Israeli government stuff.

I have read many articles by Ilan Pappe, Avi Shlaim, the Kalidis, Said, Chomsky, and on and on. Am I STILL in the dark? Oh wise one, please point me in the direction of the light!

Thursday, January 12, 2006 11:58:00 am  
Blogger Wombat said...

Neo,

There are english translations of Pravda of course.

As for Ha'aretz, didn;t you say "I find Ha'aretz and The Jerusalem Post to be among the finest media on the planet." or were you being facetious?

Thursday, January 12, 2006 12:54:00 pm  

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