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WATCH: Where are the Palestinian Journalists in Israeli media?

Twenty percent of Israel’s citizens are Palestinian but they are covered in only 2 percent of prime time news. Part of the reason why lies in who reports the news.

By Lia Tarachansky/The Real News

Lia Tarachansky is an Israeli-Canadian filmmaker and journalist with the The Real News Network.

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    1. bob wisby

      The obverse holds true perhaps in the US, where Jews represent only 2.2% of the population yet play,oh, let’s say a substantial part in US media.

      In Israel, non-Jewish participation in media will definitely increase eventually, when hell freezes over. Having said this, I did see either an Eritrean or Somali reporter broadcasting live yesterday for Channel 2, covering the Haradi protests in Jerusalem. So it’s not all bad.

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    2. When a culture of unnotice has prevailed for decades, how can those not knowing the silenced life report on it?

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      • Ginger Eis

        Mr. Greg Pollock, your own country has a far worse record than Israel on this- or any other human rights issue. What have you done for “the silenced life” in YOUR OWN (or any other) country lately (or at any other time)? How did you develop this compulsive behavior towards Israel? What is the source of this manic urge to rant incomprehensible stuff against Israel – on a daily basis?

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        • winston smith

          He might be suffering from that well- accredited pathology which nobody can explain called, by the leading psychologists, ‘anti-semitism’. Ginger. There’s not much you can do to help the sufferers. They are just blinded by 3000 years of testimony from Ancient Rome until the present day.

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          • Empiricon

            Wow, first we have Ginger with the intellectually bankrupt defelction of “ignore my brother the mugger ’cause your dad was one too” followed immediately by Winston playing the the “Anti-Semitism” card. No better tell that you hold no cards of intellectual or moral substance in your hands.

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          • Pat Kittle

            Oy, how you suffer! Always the victim, never the perp.

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    3. BaladiAkka 1948

      Good reporting as always by Lia Tarachansky & the Real News.

      Just one question: she states, talking about Palestinians in the Israeli media that “in the printed press there is only one journalist, Jack Khoury, Haaretz”

      What about Khaled Abu Toameh at the Jerusalem Post ? Is he not considered a journalist (but a scribe for his Zionist masters) ? Or maybe a Honorary Jew, just as Apartheid South Africa granted Japanese and other Asians the status of “Honorary Whites” ?

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      • Shoshana

        JPost is not Hebrew press. It’s an English-only paper.

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      • Joel

        Ray Hanania, an Arab-American Palestinian Christian journalist,is a featured writer for the Jerusalem Post.

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        • bob wisby

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          • Joel

            @Bob Wisby

            Ray Hanania already has a job, which is more than we can say for you.

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          • pete shekelman

            Luckily, Joel, bob’s a multi-millionaire and doesn’t actually need a job.

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      • Ginger Eis

        Mr. BaladiAkka, becoming successful is tough for everyone including Israeli Jews! The media market is (a) free (b) competitive and (c) based on meritocracy. Said market is neither the Israeli Ministry of Welfare nor allows for anyone to impose quotas on it. Of the total world population, all Israelis belong to the top 20% that has access to good education. The government of Israel pays for-/subsidizes the education of all Israelis (Muslims, Christians, Druze, Jews, etc.) who can’t afford their education until after graduation! Here is the solution to your problem: (1) get off your ass, (2) make use of the opportunities granted to you and get some education, enter the market and COMPETE with your peers; OR (3) stay home, (4) wait for handouts from the Israeli government and (5) continue with the silly rants you produce ad nauseam on this site, such as the one above; OR (6) pack your bags and get out of Israel. Try Saudi Arabia, Norway or Sweden.

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        • intact male

          “Of the total world population, all Israelis belong to the top 20% that has access to good education.”

          Does this mean Israel has no proletariat, or does it mean Israel’s proletariat is considerably richer than that of any other nation?

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          • Ginger Eis

            It means that the child of the poorest Israeli Christian/Jew/Muslim/Druze, etc. has as much chance to get a university degree as the child of the richest Israeli Christian/Jew/Muslim/Druze, etc. Said degree more than meets the standard set by the EU for EU-countries and is equivalent to Dutch- or German University degrees.

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        • BaladiAkka 1948

          We know by now that you’re just a propagandist filling up space here. And you apparently didn’t bother seeing the video….

          “Continue with the silly rants you produce ad nauseam on this site”
          Yeah, everything is in the eyes of the beholder.

          Don’t worry, I don’t live in the “State of the Jews” (if you understood even a minimum of Arabic my pen name gives you a hint…). I’ll be back when it’s gone. In the meantime I comment on this site just as I feel like.

          PS. And if you could skip the “Mr”.

          @ Shoshana
          The question was not “Hebrew press”, but Israeli press. You’re saying that JPost isn’t an Israeli newspaper ?

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          • Ginger Eis

            “I don’t live in the “State of the Jews” (…). I’ll be back when it’s gone”.

            Right! Like your godfathers Yasser Arafat et al. also decleared.

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    4. The Trespasser

      Since “Palestinian Israelis” do not exist, there can be no “Palestinian Israeli journalists.”

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    5. Yair

      This report fails to mention veteran journalist Rafiq Halabi, for many years the head of the news department of channel 1. Halabi is a very interesting story which also shows that the problem is not this or that journalist or editor.

      Another issue is readership. Newspapers report on issues that matter for their readership. Palestinian citizens are a small minority among Israeli readership (below their percentage). Therefore it is difficult for a Jewish editor to make a case for giving more voice to Palestinians. In the same way that other “minority” sectors are not reported in a representative manner in Israeli society (Haredim etc). The Israeli media in general caters to a certain audience which buys its news and this audience by and large is uninterested if not hostile to “others”.

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    6. Ginger Eis

      With over 30 different daily newspapers Israel has the highest number of newspapers per capita in the world. Over twenty of said newspapers are printed in foreign languages (including several Arabic dailies and periodicals), while all sections of the Israeli society are proportionally represented. Arab media outlets employ exclusively Arab journalists, while Hebrew media outlets also employ Arab journalists who have good command of Hebrew. On the whole the impression created by the authors of the video-clip is not only false, but amounts to propaganda and the usual Arab self-pity that is based on fantasy. Oh, cry me a river!

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    7. ivan boesky

      I didn’t know Israel had so many newspapers, Ginger, which begs the question: how come the Israeli public is so totally ignorant about what’s happening in their name?

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      • Joel

        Ivan Boesky?

        Your pseudonym is as dated as your anti-Semitism.

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    8. john holmes

      “..self-pity that is based on fantasy. Oh, cry me a river!”

      Yes, I can see how that sort of mind-set could be dangerous.

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    9. Ginger Eis

      TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF +972mag.com

      SUGGESTION: Require posters/commenters here to register FIRST before posting/commenting.

      REASON: There is at least ONE individual here posting under multiple/different names and as multiple/different individuals (with the goal of disrupting substantive discussions). I will not name names, but if you run a check, you would come to the same conclusion.

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