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Peace, Propoganda and the Promised Land
Added on Jun 22nd, 2008 Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison ofU.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East,zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforcedfalse perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. This pivotaldocumentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American politicalelites–oil, and a need to have a secure military base in the region,among others–work in combination with Israeli public relations strategiesto exercise a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religiousfigures, and Middle East experts, Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Landcarefully analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framingand context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remainshidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupiedterrorities appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one.The documentary also explores the ways that U.S. journalists, for reasonsranging from intimidation to a lack of thorough investigation, have becomecomplicit in carrying out Israel’s PR campaign. At its core, thedocumentary raises questions about the ethics and role of journalism, andthe relationship between media and politics.Interviewees include Seth Ackerman, Mjr. Stav Adivi, Rabbi Arik Ascherman,Hanan Ashrawi, Noam Chomsky, Robert Fisk, Neve Gordon, Toufic Haddad, SamHusseini, Hussein Ibish, Robert Jensen, Rabbi Michael Lerner, KarenPfeifer, Alisa Solomon, and Gila Svirsky.
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