This speech by Matti Friedman, a journalist, explains much about the manipulation by media organisations against Israel.
It is being liberally published and has appeared at Honest Reporting and Quadrant Online.
I doubt it will get published in any mainstream media here, so I will.
Read it and understand how you are being manipulated, particularly over issues concerning Israel. It is quite long but very revealing.
One night several years ago, I came out of Bethlehem after a reporting assignment andÂ crossed through the Israeli military checkpoint between that city and its neighbor,Â Jerusalem, where I live. With me were perhaps a dozen Palestinian men, mostly in theirÂ thirties â€“ my age. No soldiers were visible at the entrance to the checkpoint, aÂ precaution against suicide bombers. We saw only steel and concrete. I followed theÂ other men through a metal detector into a stark corridor and followed instructionsÂ barked from a loudspeaker â€“ Remove your belt! Lift up your shirt! The voice belonged toÂ a soldier watching us on a closed-circuit camera. Exiting the checkpoint, adjusting myÂ belt and clothing with the others, I felt like a being less than entirely human andÂ understood, not for the first time, how a feeling like that would provoke someone toÂ violence.
Consumers of news will recognize this scene as belonging to the Israeli occupation of theÂ West Bank, which keeps the 2.5 million Palestinians in that territory under military rule,Â and has since 1967. The facts of this situation arenâ€™t much in question. This should be anÂ issue of concern to Israelis, whose democracy, military, and society are corroded by theÂ inequality in the West Bank. This, too, isnâ€™t much in question.
The question we must ask, as observers of the world, is why this conflict has come overÂ time to draw more attention than any other, and why it is presented as it is. How haveÂ the doings in a country that constitutes 0.01 percent of the worldâ€™s surface become theÂ focus of angst, loathing, and condemnation more than any other? We must ask howÂ Israelis and Palestinians have become the stylized symbol of conflict, of strong andÂ weak, the parallel bars upon which the intellectual Olympians of the West perform theirÂ tricks â€“ not Turks and Kurds, not Han Chinese and Tibetans, not British soldiers andÂ Iraqi Muslims, not Iraqi Muslims and Iraqi Christians, not Saudi sheikhs and SaudiÂ women, not Indians and Kashmiris, not drug cartel thugs and Mexican villagers.
Questioning why this is the case is in no way an attempt to evade or obscure reality, which is why I opened with the checkpoint leading from Bethlehem. On the contrary â€“ anyone seeking a full understanding of reality canâ€™t avoid this question. My experiences as a journalist provide part of the answer, and also raise pressing questions that go beyond the practice of journalism.
I have been writing from and about Israel for most of the past 20 years, since I movedÂ there from Toronto at age 17. During the five and a half years I spent as part of theÂ international press corps as a reporter for the American news agency The AssociatedÂ Press, between 2006 and 2011, I gradually began to be aware of certain malfunctions inÂ the coverage of the Israel story â€“ recurring omissions, recurring inflations, decisionsÂ made according to considerations that were not journalistic but political, all in theÂ context of a story staffed and reported more than any other international story on earth.Â When I worked in the APâ€™s Jerusalem bureau, the Israel story was covered by more APÂ news staff than China, or India, or all of the fifty-odd countries of sub-Saharan AfricaÂ combined.
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