Israeli Journalists have a Huge Responsibility to Get it Right, No?

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  1. Richard says:

    Israel is a politicized society: when it comes to voicing your opinion rather than the facts the Left allows itself infractions that it would hound the right with. Be it in the courts and the justice apparatus, police, army and the media there is a political litmus test to everything. Part of this failure lies with the Likud under Netanyahu which never effectively used it’s majority in the Knesset to introduce balance, still the blame really is that of the journalists, jurists, and bureaucrats who failed to act ethically.

  2. Israel P. says:

    Problem is that often the context is complex and by the time you have laid it out, you have used up half of your allotted space.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      I think that is an excuse. When space is limited, they can use links to articles that do make context clear. Then it is the responsibility of the reader to open the links but at least the writer provided them.

  3. David Israel says:

    David Israel Responds:

    1. The use of the term “captured territories” was done in the context of the 1981 decision to establish Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. Using a more “patriotic” term would have diminished the message I was trying to deliver regarding the bureaucratic, soulless origins of the cabal that decides the fate of hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives in Judea and Samaria.

    2. In my reporting for the Jewish Press I have used the term “liberated territories” countless times, especially regarding the sovereignty movement – because it belongs there.

    3. Over the years I have covered “ad nauseum” the misinterpretation of the Geneva Convention article 49 in its application to the 1967 war and the passage of ownership from one internationally unrecognized occupier (Jordan) to another internationally unrecognized occupier (Israel), said territories having been effectively turned a no man’s land following the British retreat of May, 1948. Our job would have been much easier had a succession of left and right Israeli governments had the guts to annex these territories, but they haven’t. Nevertheless, Israel did not capture the West Bank and the Gaza Strip from a legitimate sovereign but rather captured unclaimed territories. Therefore, Israel did not commit any war crimes, because none of the stipulations of Geneva 49 apply in this case.

    4. I was 12 when Israel captured the West Bank and the Gaza Strip (I was 2 when we captured the Sinai peninsula in 1956). I was 19 when I and my generation defended these territories and the rest of our country in the 1973 Yom Kippur war. I was with the Arik Sharon paratroopers when they captured Faid on the African side of the Suez Canal. I can assure you authoritatively, we didn’t liberate those reeds, we captured them.

    5. Joshua Bin-Nun captured the land of Canaan. He didn’t liberate it. He was the greatest conqueror in Jewish history, he occupied lands on the east and the west banks of the Jordan River. Do you want to start up with Joshua?

    6. Lifting passages from Wiki is something all of us do, especially those of us who need to generate 40 to 50 articles a week to nourish our loyal readers. This reporter verifies and usually keeps those lifts to two or three lines. Incidentally, those lines have initially been lifted from newspaper articles, and this reporter checks the source. But the lift in this case was a simple geographical notation. Dumping on a writer for this minor a violation is needlessly persnickety and unpropitious. One gets the impression the author wanted to score one on me. I can empathize. This woman in the parking lot outside the Ra’anana supermarket screamed at me this afternoon and said I scratched her door, so I showed her that my door couldn’t physically reach the location of her scratch, so she said I was retarded. I know, it’s so hot outside, and I’m such a clear target. Mostly because I don’t lie. and I refuse to give up whole parts of my vocabulary to appease some nouveau Zionists. I will use “captured” when it’s appropriate, “West Bank” when the context calls for it, and “liberated” when that makes sense.

    7. Finally, the phrase I found most unacceptable in this attack was the final, patronizing, pishen-shemen-zeyis conclusion: “The Israeli press has an almost insurmountable challenge in fighting the propaganda against our nation and needs to be sure it is not adding more fuel to the fires of hate.” No, we don’t. We have the responsibility to report the truth. Most goyim will continue to hate us regardless of what words we’re using, because, as as the late great R’ Shimon Bar Yochai put it: “It is known that Esau hates Jacob.” Jew-hatred is part of nature, like the sun and the rain and the fragrance of the jasmine flowers in the summer nights. I don’t write for goyim and I don’t care about what goyim write about me. If anything, our media, our government, and everyone in between would do well to just stop thinking about goyim. They don’t matter.

    8. Shabbat shalom, and I’d love to chat, I loved your depiction of yourself as a “Retired trauma therapist, now critiquing academic articles that lie about Israel under cover of seemingly scholarly writings.” Like anyone else in this region, I could use a trauma therapist.

    • Sheri Oz says:

      Thank-you so much for your detailed response to my criticism. I agree I am sometimes very nitpicky. It is a combination of my being a Virgo and having a scientific background. For me, details is important, language is important. I agree with you about not caring what the goyim write or think about us.

      I am sure my readers will find your comments helpful in sorting out what they, themselves, think and I have no problem with them disagreeing with me and seeing me as being overly nitpicky as well.

      I do appreciate your respectful response as you are a writer I have frequently read and I appreciate.

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