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Israel ‘endangers roots of our civilization’

Anti Israel protestAt the outset of the Gaza war, Israel and the IDF were eager to promote their media campaign, which they believed would help preserve Israel’s image abroad, allowing the military to do its job at home.

But that may have been wishful thinking.

As Israel’s third week in Gaza marches on, the media coverage is beginning to go sour.

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Leading the charge is Time magazine, the most recent cover of which prominently features a Star of David behind barbed wire, a startling and disturbing image that seems to suggest a parallel between the Gaza war and the Holocaust, presumably not to Israel’s credit.

Commenting wryly in his blog for Time competitor The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg, a Jewish journalist who has spent time reporting in Gaza, said, “It got me thinking: Which one will last longer – Israel, or Time magazine? I’m betting on Israel.”

Prof. Eytan Gilboa of Bar-Ilan University was less kind.

A media analyst who has specialized in popular American attitudes towards Israel, he was quick to say that Time “has been anti-Semitic for a long time.”

“When [Menachem] Begin won his election in 1977, Time called him a ‘superhawk,’ and compared him to Fagin,” the morally reprehensible Jewish character from Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Gilboa said. Anti-Semitic sentiment, he added, had plagued the magazine ever since.

Speaking of its recent cover art, Gilboa pointed out that Time “likes to use Holocaust imagery that hints that Israel is doing to the Palestinians what the Nazis did to the Jews.”

In his opinion, Time bears responsibility for “a history of not only anti-Semitism, but systematic distortion of what is happening [in Israel].”

But with the current war, the magazine’s sensationalist approach is all but matched by other publications.

The unusual relationship of international media to Israel was described as being subject to “four cardinal sins: obsessiveness, prejudice, condescension and ignorance” by Hanoch Marmari, the former editor of Ha’aretz.

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Source: Jerusalem Post

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