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Author: MitsouR Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 22651  
Subject: Re: Why Palestinians hate Israel Date: 1/20/2005 1:42 PM
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I have read many of AD's posts and - FWIW - don't personally consider AD an antisemite. I do think that the incessant portrayal in the European press of Israel as a rogue, criminal outlaw state influences every European's view of Israel to some extent. Our media similarly influences our view of lots of countries and events - for good and for bad.

AD compares in no way with, say, C1ickfool, for example, who posts endless negative articles about Israel often with nasty titles. I see AD as reasonably open minded about most things - certainly thoughtful but definitely influenced (like everyone is) by his culture.

The uniform view with which the (non-Jewish) European posters on TMF post about Israel suggests to me a fairly uniform and very negative portrayal of Israel in the European media.

In contrast, Israel gets an extremely positive portrayal in most American media - to the exclusion even of legitimate stories that would show it in a bad light. (Not true of fringe media like Pacifica Radio and some leftists magazines - not that they have much influence at all, really.)

Even people who consider themselves above propaganda can hardly help but be swayed - at least in part - by a certain incessant depiction of something (country, event, person) in a particular light.

FWIW - I think the complete truth about modern day Israel probably can't be found in the American or European press these days. My sympathies for Israel have nothing to do with bad things the Israeli armed forces or government may or may not be doing in the West Bank, Gaza, etc. I try to take the long term view about Israel (with historical perspective) and think that anyone taking the shorter term view is probably going to find themselves skewing anti-Israel.

Just MHO.
MitsouR
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