The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Noble Peace Prize this year. Founder of the Israeli Disarmament Movement, one of hundreds of organizations that comprise the campaign, speaks about why nobody in Israel is talking about the prize, and what it will take to achieve disarmament in Israel and beyond. [Editor's note: The headline and introductory text of this article have been changed to clarify who won the Nobel Prize this year. See full correction below.] By Yael Marom The Israeli media all but ignored the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony that took place in Oslo in early December.…Read More... | 3 Comments
By the time I began going to Nabi Saleh, I had spent about four years reporting on what I saw in the West Bank and Gaza, watching detachedly as my politics moved ever leftward. What I witnessed in that small West Bank village was the last straw. A short video of 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapping an Israeli soldier has dominated the Israeli media for the past week, and received prominent coverage internationally as well. Ahed, a Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, makes a big impression with her eye-catching mane of blonde hair, the fierce, intelligent…Read More... | 36 Comments
We are witnessing the emergence of a new kind of media in Israel and Palestine — the kind that truly has the potential to transform how we see this place. We are in the midst of an immense transformation in the media landscape. The way people communicate and consume information and knowledge is being fundamentally altered. It is hard to perceive the scope of this change, because it is still ongoing. The situation right now does not necessarily represent the end point of this process; we are at a rare moment: the future is still malleable, and we can mold it…Read More... | 2 Comments
Whenever members of the Israeli government make outrageous statements or accusations against the Arab or Palestinian population, they are rarely challenged by the press that broadcasts those allegations into homes. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, recently held a conference on the media's role in perpetuating incitement against Arabs in the country.Read More... | 1 Comment
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…Read More... | 1 Comment
From suffering home demolitions to persistent demonization in the media, Israel's Bedouin citizens are frequently the targets of the very attitudes they're accused of. Read more: Israel Supreme Court: Bedouin have no indigenous rights Bedouin town slated for destruction is true test for IsraelisRead More...
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…Read More...
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…Read More... | 2 Comments
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…Read More... | 1 Comment
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…Read More... | 1 Comment
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…Read More...
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…Read More...
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…Read More... | 3 Comments
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