Israel and the Media

Americans who have looked at Israel from the perspective of the Palestinians realize that for their whole lives they have been only partially informed by the mass media. What's going on with that?

D.G.

Grace Halsell, author of Journey to Jerusalem, contends that many Americans support Israel without really knowing why. She describes how her own ideas about Israel and the Palestinians have evolved, and how criticism of Israel can be and has been censored.

Filmaker Tom Hayes describes the pathos of filming the realities of Palestinian life in Israel and the Occupied Territories, and then the ordeal of getting the resulting film, People and The Land, aired on PBS. In Israel and the U. S., this documentary filmaker met a variety of road blocks.

Journalist Andrea Write tells how news editors supportive of Israel can maintain Israel's positive image by discriminating against journalists who criticize Israeli policies and actions. After writing articles critical of Israel, she was told that she wouldn't be a "good fit" at the San Antonio Light.

Two former University of Michigan students write about the tactics used by Zionist groups to silence criticism of Israel at the campus newspaper, the Michigan Daily. They describe how they were pressured by local newspapers, radio stations, ad hoc student groups, and the B'nai B'rith, many of whom tried to deflect editorial attacks on Israeli policies by equating them with anti-semitism.

Activist Alison Weir writes about current attempts to criminalize criticism of Israeli policies by defining it as a form of anti-semitism. She describes a multi-pronged assault on freedom of speech in Europe and the United States aimed at equating criticism of Israel with racism and anti-semitism.

Former Congressman Paul Findley notes that among the myriad conspiracy theories related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy that have been countenanced by the news media, one reasonable possibility has been conspicuously ignored: Israel's Mossad.