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Five Ways of Looking at the KnessetNeve Gordon for Salem-News.com
Neve Gordon examines the balance, or lack of it, in this year's Israeli elections.
(JERUSALEM) - When media joins forces with government, the public is in big trouble. It's no surprise, but that is exactly what is taking place in Israeli media during this year's election. Israeli citizens are not getting the full picture and yet they very much deserve to, now more than ever.
Americans frequently debate the merits of the press, some call it too liberal and others believe that the media largely functions in concert with the needs and ambitions of the U.S. government. Without real, unbiased critical analysis, we are all lost.
This is the way the results of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press:
Centre Left Bloc Right Bloc
Other, perhaps more accurate ways to present the election results:
Left Bloc Right Bloc
Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution?
First published London Review of Books blog
Prof. Neve Gordon
Dept. of Politics and Government
Neve Gordon the author of Israel's Occupation, can be contacted through his website, www.israelsoccupation.info, Neve is an Israeli academic. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and the Watson Institute at Brown University. During the first intifada, he was the director of Physicians for Human Rights – Israel. Gordon is the co-editor of Torture: Human Rights, Medical Ethics and the Case of Israel, the editor of From the Margins of Globalization: Critical Perspectives on Human Rights, and most recently the author of Israel's Occupation. His writings have appeared in numerous scholarly journals as well as in publications like The Washington Post, LA Times, The Guardian, The Nation, Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, Chronicle of Higher Education and The National Catholic Reporter..
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