Crossposted with permission from Jewish Peace News
Jewish Peace News
Jan 7, 2009
1) Media coverage: NY Times article
2) Media coverage: FAIR report
3) Amira Hass on the collapse of the infrastructure
4) The Times of London on Israel’s use of white phosphorus shells
As the death toll approaches 700, the Israeli military continues to defy an Israeli Supreme Court ruling that foreign correspondents must be allowed into Gaza. As the New York Times reports (first piece below), foreign journalists are barred from seeing the scenes of carnage inside Gaza, while being given full access to Israeli government propaganda as well as guided tours of sites where Palestinian missiles have fallen.
The success of the Israeli government’s concerted efforts to monopolize the narrative are apparent – the media watchdog group, FAIR, has issued a report criticizing coverage of the fighting (second piece below) and in particular the tendency of the press to blame the conflict on missile attacks by Hamas, often even while citing facts that put into question this deceptive chronology.