The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and...

"Stephanie Gutmann, who covered the second intifada, documents in her book, 'The Other War,' how Israel, in spite of — or maybe because of — its strength as a democracy nearly always loses the battle for soft and sympathetic minds." — The Washington Times

C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x INTRODUCTION 3 intifada”— which began during the summer of 2000 and ran till the death of Arafat in November 2004, when a tenuous peace took hold. Yasser Arafat was a masterful media manipulator who very effectively used the combat theatre ( the West Bank, Gaza, and inside Israel) as a kind of soundstage. With the knowing and unknowing collusion of a codependent mass media, he reduced a highly com­plex conflict, as the columnist Douglas Davis put it, “ to a mono-chromatic, single- dimensional comic cutout, whose well- worn script feature[ d] a relentlessly brutal, demonically evil Ariel Sharon and a plucky, bumbling, misunderstood Yasser Arafat, the benign father of Palestine, in need of a little TLC ( plus $ 50 million a month) from the West.” Sweeping instances of media distortion— times when the majority of big media, in concert, got an important subject wrong— fascinate me. In 1989, for instance, I wrote about a “ crisis” dubbed “ date rape” that the news media said was “ sweeping campuses.” In 1999 I wrote about the “ Witchhook” phenomenon, the media cov­erage of the rather frat- party- like 1991 Tailhook Convention for U. S. Navy and Marine aviators, which was so overblown that it prompted congressional hearings, firings, demotions, and calls for a “ reform of military culture.” I got interested in the coverage of Israel during the second intifada for the same reason: because there was such a wide schism between reality ( and I do believe there is something called “ reality,” not just “ versions of reality”) and the media creation seen on the world stage. Look, for example, at the way this tiny country began to seem to loom over the globe. As the Israeli columnist Amnon Lord put it in 2002, “ Anyone following the world press, especially the British and European, would reach the inevitable conclusion that the Israelis are the enemies of humanity.” I do not agree with Amnon Lord about a lot of things, but here he was not exaggerating. A survey of the British public commissioned by the Daily Telegraph in 2002 put Israel in the top five “ least democratic countries in the world,” along-side Russia, China, Dubai and Egypt. It was also judged one of the five “ least friendly,” “ least beautiful” and “ least deserving of inter-national respect” ( although, if it is any consolation, the United States was one of the five “ least friendly” countries too). Jewish leaders in Britain were not surprised. A spokesman for an organization of

The Other War: Israelis, Palestinians and the Struggle for Media Supremacy


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Front MatterFront CoverTitle PageCopyright PageCONTENTSINTRODUCTIONONE. WAR: THE REALITY SHOWTWO. “AL-DURA”—A CASE STUDYTHREE. THE LYNCHING— ANOTHER CASE STUDYFOUR. IF IT BLEEDS, IT LEADSFIVE. JENIN AND THE MASSACRE THAT WASN'TSIX. JERUSALEM THE BATTEREDSEVEN. BEHIND THE VEILEIGHT. FIXING THE NEWSNINE. OUTSIDE THE PRESS VAN: TRAVELS WITH FARAJTEN. HIS OWN PRIVATE JIHADELEVEN. FROM OBSERVERS TO PARTICIPANTSACKNOWLEDGMENTSINDEX
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