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  • The Israeli media has kept us in the dark for 50 years

    Since 1967, the Israeli media has hid the ugly, everyday reality in the occupied territories. But even if they really knew, would Israelis still choose to end 50 years of military rule over the Palestinians? By Yizhar Be'er According to the democratic-liberal-utopian model, let us assume for a moment that every citizens has access to all the information about the reality that surrounds us. In this world, Israelis would know everything about what is being done in their names in the territories occupied in 1967. And what would happen then? [tmwinpost] Over the past few months I have been producing a radiophonic project…

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  • Explained: What’s the story with Netanyahu and the media?

    The editor of Israeli media watchdog The Seventh Eye, Shuki Tausig, explains the current scandals involving Netanyahu and the media, and what they mean for journalism and democracy in Israel. The Israeli media is often lauded by outsiders as fierce and independent, often in order to demonstrate the ostensible strength of the country’s democracy. But a number of public scandals and political dramas over the past few months have exposed a far less flattering picture. [tmwinpost] Most of the story includes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in one way or another. The latest political showdown saw Netanyahu trying to shut down…

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  • By siding with the police, the media incites against Arab citizens

    The majority of Israeli journalists simply copied the official police version of the deadly events in Umm el-Hiran last week, effectively painting 20 percent of Israeli citizens as terrorists. Kudos to the state: the Israeli media is now taking an active part in the government's incitement. [tmwinpost] Last week we were lucky enough to read news reports so ludicrous that they actually posed a danger to the average thinking mind. It was clear that aside from those who were present at Umm el-Hiran when Yaqub Abu Al-Qi'an was shot to death by police, no one actually knows what exactly happened. Thus, the majority of…

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  • Netanyahu scandal exposes corruption in the Israeli press

    The alleged dealing between Netanyahu and the publisher of ‘Yedioth’ reveals the driving force behind Israel’s biggest newspapers — a type of corruption that couldn’t exist in media outlets with truly independent journalists. By Shuki Tausig Israeli media this week revealed secretly recorded conversations between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the publisher of the country’s best-selling newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth. The contents of the conversations, ostensibly negotiations between the two men, once again expose the bitter truth about the world of Israel's media: it is one in which media and journalistic outlets are driven solely by economic interests. They are beholden by…

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  • Right-wing TV station ordered to include Reform, Conservative Judaism

    A public television channel with a right-wing Zionist slant asks for permission to start a nightly newscast. Israel's Communications Ministry says sure, but only if they start including 'every stream of Judaism.' By Raanan Shemesh Forshner Israel’s Council for Cable TV and Satellite Broadcasting (CCSB), part of the Communications Ministry, accepted last week a request from Channel 20 to start broadcasting nightly news programs. The channel in turn accepted the Council’s demand that it join the Israel Press Council. In addition, following the Reform Movement’s opposition to the granting of a license to Channel 20, the council ruled that the…

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  • Netanyahu: Attacking Israeli journalists on Facebook is 'fun'

    Netanyahu tells foreign journalists that using social media to attack local reporters is 'the most entertaining.' Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke honestly, perhaps for the first time, about what has been driving his recent attacks on Israeli journalists during a conference for members of the foreign press in Jerusalem Tuesday evening. During the Q&A session, one reporter asked Netanyahu about whether confrontations with local journalists are the "best strategy" to engage with media outlets critical of him. "I don't know, it's the most entertaining," Netanyahu retorted. "It's fun, I enjoy it." It used to be that there was the media, the media said…

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  • Public campaign to increase Arab voices in the media makes its mark

    A project aimed at increasing Arab representation in the Israeli media has made rapid gains, using public pressure and hard data.  By Edan Ring Regular followers of the news on Israeli television and radio are unlikely to have missed a significant change that has been taking place over the last few months. More and more Arab interviewees are appearing on the screen, in particular pundits who have been invited to speak about their personal and professional expertise. This was, until recently, a rare sight. [tmwinpost] A year ago, Sikkuy — a Jewish-Arab civil rights NGO based in Israel — began a wide-scale…

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  • One week later: Where is the evidence of an 'arson intifada?'

    The police has yet to declare a single wildfire an act of terrorism, the commissioner says arson is a self-fulfilling prophecy, and many cases of suspected terrorism turned out to be nothing more than negligence. This, of course, does not bother Israel's leaders or media. Now that the rain has started pouring, bringing an end to the wildfire season, it is imperative that we stop and look back at just what happened last week — before everything is forgotten. Or worse: before everything that happened is remembered as a story of terrorist attacks by Arab citizens against Jews. Only a week ago did…

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  • 'When the media doesn't talk to Arabs, coverage of them is negative'

    New research finds a direct correlation between negative media coverage of Arab society in Israel and the exclusion of Arab voices and interviewees in that coverage. By Oren Persico The participation of Arab interviewees in Israeli news items relating to Arab society in the country has a  correlation on the content and tone of the reporting, new research published by Israeli NGO Sikkuy last month has concluded. (Full disclosure: The Seventh Eye partnered with Sikkuy for its ‘Representation Index’ project.) The research project, conducted by Edan Ring along with the Ifat Group, examined news coverage of Arab citizens of Israel in the…

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  • Israel's surefire way of keeping its citizens in the dark

    The Israeli establishment used to rely on the IDF Censor to make sure the media didn't ask questions. Nowadays it uses court-sanctioned gag orders. By Shuki Tausig Did you hear about…and about…or what about…how could you have missed that? After all, we are talking about newsworthy events, the kind that open the 8 o'clock news. So how come you didn't hear about them? [tmwinpost] You didn't hear about them because the police/Shin Bet/some other body rushed to ask the court to issue a gag order on the attack/investigation/affair. The courts usually serve as a rubber stamp in these cases, especially in cases when…

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  • The Israeli gov’t must stop threatening to defund media outlets

    +972 Magazine stands in solidarity with our colleagues at Israel Social TV, who are being targeted for political reasons by two government ministries. Israel's Communications Ministry appears to have its crosshairs on “Israel Social TV,” one of a very small number of independent media outlets providing on-the-ground coverage of social and political struggles in Israel and Palestine. [tmwinpost] Communications Ministry Director-General Shlomo Filber said he plans to cut public funding to Social TV, accusing it of "subverting the foundations of the state, and providing a platform for the delegitimization of IDF soldiers." Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel…

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  • WATCH: Palestinians cross Israeli checkpoint into Jerusalem on Ramadan

    Despite Israel revoking tens of thousands of entry permits, some Palestinian worshippers were able to travel from the West Bank to Jerusalem to mark the first Friday of Ramadan. Photos by Ahmad al-Bazz, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Text by Oren Ziv Thousands of Palestinians crossed through Qalandiya Checkpoint in the West Bank to Jerusalem on Friday, to participate in the first Friday prayers of Ramadan, the holy Muslim month of fasting, at Al-Aqsa Mosque. Buses from across the West Bank brought worshippers to the checkpoint, which they then crossed on foot. On the other side of checkpoint were buses that…

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