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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004)

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This video shows how the foreign policy interests of American political elites-working in combination with Israeli public relations stratgies-influence US news reporting about the Middle East conflict. Combining American and British TV news clips with observations of analysts, journalists and political activists, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a brief historical overview, a striking media comparison, and an examination of factors that have distorted U.S. media coverage and, in turn, American public opinion. Written by exerpted from Media Education Foundation

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title card: In 1967, following a war between Israel and the countries of Syria, Jordan and Egypt, Israel militarily occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
title card: That year, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 242 calling on Israel to withdraw from the Occupied Territories.
title card: Israel has yet to comply.
title card: Today, 3 million Palestinians live under illegal military occupation.
title card: Today, the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians are plagued by daily violence and insecurity.
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An important film.
8 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film details what most Americans would be able to figure out on their own, if they only thought about it a little bit: Israeli violence is almost always described in the US media as "retaliation," while Palestinian violence is typically portrayed as arising with no direct cause; Israeli victims of violence are often portrayed with biographical information, which conveys the humanity of their loss; Palestinian victims of violence are almost never portrayed with humanizing background information; the fact of Israeli occupation of Palestinian and Syrian territory is often not mentioned at all; the fact of the $4-6 billion per year aid given by the US to Israel, making a state the size of a large city our largest recipient of international aid, is almost invisible in US news media; the fact that most of Israel's major weapons systems are made in the US - which most of the Arab world is acutely aware of - is unheard. And so on.

I was made a little uncomfortable with the film's description of the news media's filtering process. It seemed to lean toward a suggestion that money interests call the shots on coverage of Israel, which is something that I don't think warrants mention, given the world's history of antisemitism. The real fact of the matter, from my own investigations, is that the lack of promotion of contrary views is the biggest matter. If American Muslims, for example, were as energetic in protecting the interests of Palestinians as American Zionists are in promoting Israel, I think there would be very little bias remaining.

There are other aspects of media bias that were not touched on as much as I think they warrant. First and foremost, water in the Occupied Territories. Israel and its agents, both direct and indirect, have gone out of their way to hide the matter of water in the territorial dispute. However, the facts are pretty plain: most of Israel's water comes out of the territories, and the ground water resources are being over-exploited and are disappearing. THAT is most of the ground, so to speak, of the economic aspects of the dispute, and it was only briefly mentioned in this film, albeit it is only mentioned by accident in the mainstream US media.

Also, I have noted a creeping tendency in the media to refer to places in the Occupied Territories as being in Israel, and to include, contrary to official US and UN policy, the occupied Golan Heights as part of Israel on maps in the news; the bias seems to be getting worse rather than getting better.


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