Monday, September 04, 2006

PEACE, PROPAGANDA & THE PROMISED LAND




Please take the time out to watch this video. It is essential that you do (if you haven't already).

This documentary is 3 years old, and what is happening in Gaza and Westbank now is far worse. While the world's attention (recently) has been focused on Israel's actions in Lebanon, the IDF have been busy attacking Gaza, destroying homes, murdering innocent civilians and arresting people.

The Israeli authorities have taken full advantage of the ignorance, apathy and indifference of the world to the plight of the Palestinians. This is apartheid and ethnic cleansing at its worst.

We become party to it if we remain ignorant, stay silent and dont make the effort of informing others to what is going on.
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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotal documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American political elites--oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region, among others--work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land carefully analyzes and explains how--through the use of language, framing and context--the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied terrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasons ranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have become complicit in carrying out Israel's PR campaign. At its core, the documentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, and the relationship between media and politics.

6 Comments:

Blogger Jaded said...

It's horrifying how with the help of a few choice expressions and an editing scissor in hand to chop and paste things together like an experiment gone wrong, media agencies and governments can mutate the truth to such a degree that it's very anti-thesis is seen and deemed believable.

And seriously painful is the realization that we, despite knowing of it are so ineffectual that we are unable to change it.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Adnan Siddiqi said...

did you ever read them?

http://nkusa.org

5:03 PM  
Blogger the olive ream said...

Jaded, you are absolutely spot on with your analysis. Thanks so much for your comment.

Adnan,
I have read some of the articles and I am familiar with this site. There are several other Jewish organizations in Israel and outside of Israel who continue to strongly condemn the actions of the Israeli government. Thank you so much for highlighting a very important link.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Nasir Aziz said...

Thank you for sharing this video with others. We all know this is brutal. Incidentally I interviewed one of the Jewish Scholars on PAK|CAST where he talks about this too.

PAK|CAST SE.101: Distinguishing between Judaism and Zionism: an interview with Yirmiyahu Cohen
http://www.pakcast.com/

Check it out and keep sharing useful information. Thank you !

7:59 AM  
Blogger BuJ said...

very good post.. i think this is the same film i mentioned at Buj al arab.. but it's great to see more people write (and hopefully read) about it.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Raza Rumi said...

Thanks for this post. I wasn't aware of this video..
Jaded has made a very good point
I fully agree with him.

11:02 PM  

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