Is Israel a Monster?
Yarden FranklYarden Frankl is the Executive Director of the Center for Analysis of Media...
Is Israel a monster?
Seriously, if you went by how the Western media reported on Israel, you might get the notion that Israel was one of the worst abusers of human rights in the world, a real monster.
After all, we are constantly reminded that the failure of the peace process is due to Israeli settlement building. We read that Jerusalem is a city that Israel conquered in 1967. We can see account after account of Palestinians living under a brutal occupation.
There are United Nations condemnations which are reported as if they are the ultimate legal conclusions.
Racist graffiti is front page news when it refers to Arabs.
Worst of all are the Israeli military attacks. People referred to as "militants" are mercilessly killed by precision strikes of the Israeli Defense Forces.
What sort of a country would do such things?
A monster indeed.
But the media rarely give you the full picture of what is going on. Either on purpose or because they have been fed misinformation, what comes out in most Western media coverage about Israel misinforms more than it informs.
Here's how it happens: