Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745322940 Published September 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
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The Suppression of Guilt: The Israeli Media and the Reoccupation of the West Bank

Daniel Dor

The Suppression of Guilt: The Israeli Media and the Reoccupation of the West Bank

Daniel Dor

Distributed for Pluto Press

128 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745322940 Published September 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745322957 Published September 2005 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

In the three years that have passed since Operation Defensive Shield – three years marked by denial, deceit, rage and resentment – one fact remains uncontroversial: never, until the operation, had there been such a wide breach between the Israeli collective consciousness and international public opinion. Israeli scholar Daniel Dor measures this gap and concludes that Israeli society has withdrawn into an unprecedented sense of isolation and victimization – largely because of the role played by the Israeli media.

Different media outlets provided their readers and viewers with significantly different perspectives on the operation, but they all shared a certain emotional attitude, not vis-à-vis the operation itself, but in relations to the global discourse of blame against Israel: they all projected an urgent, desperate, almost obsessive urge to suppress, to dismiss, to fend off guilt.

Dor shows how analysing this type of reporting as an attempt to manufacture consent with the government and the military fails to capture its essential nature. He argues that, at its core, the coverage proposed alternatives for the construction of an Israeli identity. During the operation, all the different media converged around one assertion: being Israeli at this point in time feels like being accused by the entire world of something we are not guilty of. Basing his arguments on detailed analyses of media reports, Dor explores how the Israeli media work within the context of the global media and world opinion, rather than within the classic context of the nation-state -- and what it means for the future of the country.

Contents

1. "Between the Hague and Jerusalem": An Introduction
2. Objective Reality and Intertextual Analysis: The Definition of Bias
3. Commitment, Despair and Confusion: The Newspapers
4. "Live from the Jenin Area": The Television News Broadcasts
5. "The Problem with Sharon's Plans": The Suppression of Intention
6. Manufacturing Identity: Remarks Towards A Conclusion
Notes
Index

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