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Defending Israel Against Claims of Excessive Force

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HonestReporting's Digital Diplomat Series: Defending Israel Against Claims of Excessive Force. This slide show examines Israel's media image as an aggressor using excessive force against the …

HonestReporting's Digital Diplomat Series: Defending Israel Against Claims of Excessive Force. This slide show examines Israel's media image as an aggressor using excessive force against the Palestinians.

Too often, the media fails to distinguish between Palestinian aggression and Israeli self-defense. Media coverage often gives the impression that Israel initiated violence when in fact Israel was responding to a Palestinian provocation.

In the slide show, we identify three ways that the media makes Israel appear to be the aggressor in the conflict with the Palestinians:

1. Reporting on events out of order. News headlines often give the impression that Israel initiated violence when in reality, Israel was responding to violence against civilians initiated by Palestinian terrorists.

2. Leaving out context. The media often fails to report essential information that leaves people unable to understand the rationale behind Israel's policy or actions.

3. Framing the news in terms of Israeli aggression. Reporters often speculate about how Israel will respond to violence, placing an aura of aggression around Israel even before Israel acts.

We hope that the information in our slide show will help Israel's Digital Diplomats recognize how the media distorts the news and how to speak out against these distortions whenever they appear.

The Digital Diplomats program provides advocacy training and information to help people become effective advocates for Israel. Please share our materials with anyone who could benefit from them. Thank you from the team at Honestreporting.com.

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  • It remains unfortunate that the terrorist element in Gaza continue to attack
    Israels citizens with new technology in the form of longer range rockets!
    Israel is forced to respond with 'overwhelming' force to protect and defend itself!! Until the message of the response by Israel to these
    attacks is fully comprehended by the terrorist elements, Israel will
    be forced to respond with 'OVERWHELMING' FORCE' to stop this
    aggression!!!
    PITY!!!!
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    • 1. DIGITAL DIPLOMATS SERIES from HonestReporting.com
    • 2. DOES ISRAEL USE EXCESSIVE FORCE?
    • 3. Some people think so. DOES ISRAEL USE EXCESSIVE FORCE?
    • 4. WERE THESE PEOPLE INFLUENCED BY ONE OF THE GREATEST POWERS IN THE WORLD TODAY?
    • 5. (The Mass Media)
    • 6. OK, not direct mind control. But the media does influence – and distort – the way people think.
    • 7. WHEN TERRORISTS ATTACK ISRAELI CIVILIANS THE MEDIA DOWNPLAY THE INITIAL AGGRESSION.
    • 8. WHEN ISRAEL RESPONDS THE MEDIA EMPHASIZE THE RESPONSE AND IGNORE THE TERROR.
    • 9. That process can lead to the media claiming Israel uses excessive force.
    • 10. The media uses three techniques to misrepresent Israel’s actions. 1. Reversing the order of events 2. Leaving out context 3. Using misleading language to distort the conflict
    • 11. News reports put emphasis on Israel’s response to a provocation rather than the provocation itself.
    • 12. The headline incorrectly implies that Israel is solely responsible for the violence.
    • 13. THE FACTS: Israel’s response was self-defense after the initial provocation— mortar bombs launched into Israel. Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip wounded five Hamas security officers and a boy today after militants launched mortar bombs into Israel, lightly injuring two people.
    • 14. after militants fired mortar shells Five Times as many People Read Headlines as Read the Body Copy DAVID OGILVY, MARKETING MAVEN retaliation for
    • 15. WHEN THE TIMELINE IS REVERSED, IT CREATES THE IMPRESSION OF A “CYCLE OF VIOLENCE” AND ALL VIOLENCE IS DEEMED MORALLY EQUAL.
    • 16. In reality, there is no cycle. Terrorists openly declare an intent to kill civilians and Israel tries to protect its citizens.
    • 17. after militants in the Hamas-controlled territory fired rockets into southern Israel. Studies Reveal: Stories that Distort the Timeline are Everywhere HONESTREPORTING
    • 18. The media often leave out key facts that allow readers to make sense of a situation.
    • 19. When you read about Palestinians throwing stones at IDF soldiers...
    • 20. Do you think of this?
    • 21. Or this?
    • 22. The Media Often Report on the Gaza Blockade
    • 23. But it doesn’t tell you the whole story.
    • 24. Does the media ask why there is a blockade in the first place?
    • 25. Because of constant attempts to smuggle weapons into Gaza. March 15th, 2011: Victoria 50 tons of weapons in three containers 60 mm and 120 mm mortar shells C-704 anti-ship missiles Assault rifle ammo ü ü ü ü
    • 26. Nov. 3th, 2009: Francop 36 containers with 500 tons of arms: 9,000 mortar bombs 3,000 Katyusha rockets 3,000 gun shells 20,000 grenades half a million rounds of ammunition ü ü ü ü ü
    • 27. May 21st, 2003: Abu Hasan Carrying a Hezbollah operative specializing in explosives. Cargo: Radio-activation system to detonate bombs Directions on how to carry out terror attacks 5 boxes with rocket fuses 25 Katyusha rocket detonators ü ü ü ü
    • 28. The Free Gaza Movement sent a flotilla to Gaza to break the blockade. The press called it an“aid”mission.
    • 29. That’s not how Free Gaza founder Adam Shapiro described his movement: “Free Gaza is but one tactic of a larger strategy, to transform this conflict from one between Israel and the Palestinians, or Israel and the Arab world... to one between the rest of the world and Israel.”
    • 30. The media said the flotilla brought tons of aid to Gaza. Expired Medicine Unloaded Off Gaza Flotilla
    • 31. It failed to mention it was less aid than Israel delivers to Gaza every two days.
    • 32. The media speculates on Israel’s actions and fabricates facts to make Israel appear aggressive.
    • 33. Just because Israel is accused of something in the press does not mean it happened.
    • 34. During the Gaza War, The Independent“exposed”Israel’s secret uranium bomb.
    • 35. During the Gaza War, The Independent“exposed”Israel’s secret uranium bomb. The U.N. concluded otherwise: “No depleted uranium shrapnel, or other radioactive residue was found.” – UNEP
    • 36. The newspaper has yet to retract the story. “No depleted uranium shrapnel, or other radioactive residue was found.” – UNEP During the Gaza War, The Independent“exposed”Israel’s secret uranium bomb. The U.N. concluded otherwise:
    • 37. Making Israel appear aggressive. The media is often more interested in how Israel might respond to violence than the violence itself...
    • 38. FALSE ACCUSATION: Israel is moving “closer to war”
    • 39. THE FACTS: The article downplays attacks on Israel by speculating about Israel's response. SPECULATION: “It has left pundits wondering if Israel is preparing for a new ground offensive.” SPECULATION: “could provoke Israel into a decisive strike and bring it one step closer to a new Middle East war.”
    • 40. Israel’s image is in your hands. Use the power of the Internet and the media to spread the truth about Israel’s defensive measures.
    • 41. We’ve seen how the media can influence public opinion against Israel.
    • 42. But you can help set the record straight.
    • 43. If journalists misreport Israel’s defensive measures as“excessive force”: 1. Let the newspaper know it is reporting inaccurately 2. Share your views through social media 3. Send the report to HonestReporting
    • 44. Demand: ü Accurate timelines ü Appropriate context ü Factual reports
    • 45. Join the conversation: •  Get weekly media bias alerts at www.honestreporting.com •  Join our network on Facebook and follow us on Twitter •  Watch our films on YouTube A single person can’t make a difference, but a network of thousands can.
    • 46. Don’t let the media distort Israel’s image. Make your voice heard. DIGITAL DIPLOMATS SERIES from HonestReporting.com
    • 47. Thank you for getting involved. DIGITAL DIPLOMATS SERIES from HonestReporting.com All content, unless otherwise noted, is copyright © HonestReporting, and may not be modified or distributed in any form without permission. Images on slides 1, 2, 3, 33, and 47 are © istockphoto. Image Credits: 4. Wikimedia Commons/Domino_effect/Louise 5. Wikimedia Commons/Toppledominos/Enoch Lai 6. Wikimedia Commons/Faules1200/Carles Cañellas 7. Flickr/Robin hood at 90m/cobaltfish 10. Wikim. Commons/Truman_Chicago_Tribune/public domain 11. Flickr/20090213-time_flies/Debbya 14. Flickr/Paper Texture - Torn Edge 3/thousandshipz, Flickr/My Messy Moleskine/Alexandre Dulaunoy 16. Flickr/Protected by/stevensnodgrass 18. Wikimedia Commons/Jigsaw 3D2/Jedudedek 19. Flickr/what’s causing vertigo/gagilas 20. Flickr/6038417591/ismpalestine 23. Flickr/Unloading the Weaponry/idfonline 25. Flickr/Weaponry Found On-Board the“Victoria”/idfonline Flickr/Torn Paper/Playingwithbrushes 26. Flickr/Iranian Arms… Francop 3Nov09 – Crates/IsraelMFA 27. abu hassan/idfspokesperson 29. Adam Shapiro/joefriendly 30. Flickr/Expired Medicine/idfonline 31. Flickr/Goods & gas enter Gaza/idfonline 32. Flickr/Mouth (2)/AlishaV 37. Flickr/checkmate/laerte 40. Flickr/Checkmate/maikel_nai 42. Flickr/setting the record straight/gorriti 46. Flickr/Hand and lens, distortion/j_silla

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