Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The UK media's distorted coverage of Hebron - by Aron White

...There is much more that can be said about how Hebron is misrepresented in the media – for example, the unique situation that exists in Hebron is often conflated with the very different realities in other parts of the West Bank. Basic journalistic standards have been flouted in much of the coverage of Hebron, and it should stop as soon as possible. Hebron is an important city to Israelis and Palestinians, to Jews and to Muslims, and the situation there is complex. The UK media should reflect this complexity, rather than warping a story to fit premade ideological outlooks.

Guest Post: Aron White..
17 January '17..

20 years ago today, on January 17th 1997, Israel and the Palestinian authority signed an agreement dividing control of Hebron. Prime Minister Netanyahu agreed that Israel would pull out of much of Hebron, leaving it under the control of the Palestinian Authority, and Israel would maintain control over a second part of the city. This anniversary is a good time to analyse UK media coverage of Hebron, a city which is often featured in the UK media. Much of the coverage of Hebron in the UK media suffers from serious flaws, and sometimes worse than that.

Ignoring of Palestinian terrorism in Hebron

The first systemic flaw in media coverage of Hebron is that it often overlooks or ignores the history of Palestinian terrorism in Hebron, and the role that has in the situation of the city. To understand this, one has to zoom out from a myopic focus on Hebron’s Jewish population, and look at its Arab residents.

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