With Israel’s foreign ministry organising volunteers to flood news websites with pro-Israeli comments, Propaganda 2.0 is here
Canada lives in the unfortunate position of being under the thrall of U.S. media for most its information and cultural relevance. At the same time, its own media, apart from the national broadcast company CBC, is highly centralized under the influence of two media empires (Canwest Global and CTV GlobeMedia) who support the same kind of biased coverage that is provided by the U.S. In sum, Canadians who wish to receive a balanced view of events in the Middle East, Gaza in particular, have to rely on alternate or external media.
Jonathan Cook: In a move signaling a further breakdown in Jewish-Arab relations inside Israel, all the main Jewish parties voted on for the blanket disqualification.
UN diplomats have put the Israeli government under pressure over its role in flouting international law with its deadly military assault on the Gaza Strip.
In July 2005 a huge coalition of Palestinian groups laid out plans to do just that. They called on “people of conscience all over the world to impose broad boycotts and implement divestment initiatives against Israel similar to those applied to South Africa in the apartheid era.” The campaign Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions–BDS for short–was born.
Palestinian doctor Ezzeldeen Abu al-Aish was giving Israel’s Channel 10 his daily account from inside the war zone in Gaza when three of his daughters were killed in an Israeli attack. In his report, he called for help as his house was attacked.
This is a critical juncture for Iraq war resisters in Canada – with a series of deportation orders scheduled to start at the end of the month.
When: 7:00 pm, Saturday, Jan. 17
Where: Conserver House, 180 St. John St.
Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and which analyzes and explains how–through the use of language, framing and context–the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media.
Discussion following film on Canadian media coverage of the Middle East.
Donations will be taken at the film screening for Gaza humanitarian relief efforts. With refreshments.
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