The Suppression of Guilt

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

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In the three years 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 Israeli scholar Daniel Dor measures this gap and concludes that Israeli society has withdrawn into an unprecedented sense of isolation and victimization - largely because of the role played by the Israeli media.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-a-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.

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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 8.89mm | 167.83g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745322948
  • 9780745322940
  • 832,490

Table of 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


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'With a sober, academic approach, he cuts through the emotional fuzz that distorts the news, and lays bare the collective fears at the root of the Israeli media's biases and self-censorship' -- Ann Keehn, The Jerusalem Post 'A most innovative approach and one that deserves close study in this country' -- Jon Taylor, Chartist 'This fascinating book shows how and why Israel's media supported the Israeli state's 2002 assault on the West Bank' -- Will Podmore, Voice of Unions 'Ample evidence of how Israeli free press easily turned into an instrument of propaganda, geared at backing, justifying and encouraging the escalating military policies of the Israeli governments against the Palestinians' -- Amira Hass, journalist for the Israeli daily Ha'aretz and author of Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land under Siege (2000). 'Brave and non-conventional' -- Dr. Menachem Klein, author of The Jerusalem Problem: The Struggle for Permanent Status
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About Daniel Dor

Daniel Dor is a former journalist, teaching in the Department of Communication,Tel Aviv University. He is the author of Intifada Hits the Headlines (Indiana University Press, 2003) and The Suppression of Guilt (Pluto, 2005).
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