The United Nations has removed any doubts about objectivity on the “peace process” and has asked the media, whose function it is to report the news objectively, to become active to save the “peace process” while placing all the blame on Israel for its failure.
“There is enormous potential for culture and media to further contribute to building peace on the ground through inter-personal contacts,” Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told an international seminar on Middle East peace.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon added, “You gather at a pivotal time in the peace process. The continuing impasse in peace negotiations is a matter of concern.”
The international body has been trying for more than 40 years to force Israel to surrender most of the country’s land, comprising of parts of Jerusalem, the strategic Golan Heights and all of Judea and Samaria. Nearly 600,000 Jews – more than 10 percent of Israel’s Jewish population – live on the land that the United Nations wants to be given to the Palestinian Authority and Syria.
Israel has formally annexed the Golan Heights and all of Jerusalem, but most mainstream media usually dateline their stories “from the occupied West Bank" or "Occupied Golan Heights.”
Aksaka placed all the blame on Israel for the failure, without even a hint that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has refused to talk with Israel without pre-conditions. He said, “Israeli-Palestinian talks have been stalled since late September following Israel’s refusal to extend a 10-month freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory.
He wants the media to show a stronger bias for the diplomatic process, although mainstream media lately have begun to ridicule the “peace process” as a failure. Akaska told the conference, “Writers, musicians and filmmakers are crafting a new narrative that reflects the shared experiences and common destiny of peoples on both sides.”