Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics by Amahl A. Bishara

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By Amahl A. Bishara

Few themes within the information are extra hotly contested than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and information assurance itself is often an issue of dialogue. yet infrequently do those debates include an on-the-ground standpoint of what and who newsmaking involves. learning how newshounds paintings in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Nablus, and at the stressful roads that attach those towns, Amahl Bishara demonstrates how the creation of U.S. information approximately Palestinians depends upon multifaceted collaborations, commonly invisible to Western readers. She specializes in the paintings that Palestinian reporters do behind the curtain and under the bylines—as fixers, photojournalists, camerapeople, journalists, and producers—to give you the information that american citizens learn, see, and listen to each day.

Ultimately, this booklet demonstrates how Palestinians play imperative roles in generating U.S. information and the way U.S. journalism in flip shapes Palestinian politics. U.S. objectivity is in Palestinian journalists' fingers, and Palestinian self-determination can't be absolutely understood with no cognizance to the journalist status off to the facet, quietly taking notes. again tales examines information tales enormous and small—Yassir Arafat's funeral, girl suicide bombers, protests opposed to the separation barrier, an all-but-unnoticed killing of a mentally disabled man—to examine pressing questions on objectivity, violence, the country, and the creation of information in today's information. This publication reaches past the headlines into the lives of Palestinians in the course of the moment intifada to offer readers a brand new vantage aspect on either Palestinians and journalism.

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S. and other Western news institutions had on Palestinian politics and society. What was the importance of journalism in Palestinian society during the second Intifada that qualified Mazen, a journalist slain in Iraq, to be regarded as a martyr for the Palestinian national cause? How are journalists, especially those who work for foreign news organizations, regarded in Palestinian society? Are they professionals or political activists, both or neither? Why did Mazen’s brothers and wife and nieces and nephews do so much for a young American documentary maker they had never met before?

Israeli leaders—and Osama bin Laden, too—did their best to equate Palestinians’ struggle against occupation with Al-Qaeda’s militarized and global take on jihad. Still, Palestinians were behind the news that Americans read every day, even at a time when distrust of Arabs was heightening, and though this news itself did not regularly portray Palestinians in a sympathetic light. The intensity of the second Intifada has waned, as has coverage of the occupied Palestinian territories. S. foreign correspondents and Palestinian journalists— remain effective.

Many non-Anglo European journalists conduct their work in E ­ nglish. The “front person” for many foreign correspondents or international news organizations—often a fixer, producer, translator, reporter, or photojournalist with whom a story’s subject would interact—is, generally, Palestinian, except in the rare instances when a journalist speaks Arabic or an interviewee is speaking ­English or another language. Protesters who see a group of photojournalists covering a demonstration likely assume that they work for a variety of Western, Arab, and Palestinian news organizations.

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