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A Villa in the Jungle: The Arab Awakening through the Lens of the Israeli Media

Neve Gordon
Sun, 10/23/2011

In the Israeli media, the message conveyed to Hebrew-speaking audiences has been that the uprisings in the Arab world are clashes between ethnic, religious or tribal groups. This depiction fits well within the representational framework of Israel as an island of civilization surrounded by savages. Th is conceptual framework serves to determine Israel’s regional policies, both with many of its neighboring countries and with the Palestinians. The Israeli media, in other words, has perpetuated an isolationist jungle metaphor, while trying to convince the viewers that the uprisings will have only minor impact on the villa that is Israel.

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