Why is Israel so negatively displayed by the media?Because the media only shows one side of the story every time? what are your opinions?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The United States is often accused of siding with Israel. The situation between Israel and Palestine is complicated and has been ongoing for some time. Nonetheless I do think that the media tries to remain objective for the most part in reporting on the conflict.
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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Actually, I think Israel is portrayed in a muhc more positive light in the American media than elsewhere.  For one thing, there are 9 million Jews in the United States, more than are in Israel, so we have cultural ties there.  Secondly, they are one of our strongest allies.  Thirdly, there is a very strong and effective pro-Israel lobbying and public relations system in the US.

There are times, of course, when Israel hinders American efforts at peace or in the Middle East in general, or complicates our dealings with foreign countries.  This is bound to be portrayed in an unflattering light by the media.

Attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, Hamas, Hezbollah and others are covered extensively in US media, as opposed to the daily existence and struggles of non-violent ordinary Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, which receives almost no coverage.  So I guess I don't see the media bias you are referring to.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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To me, claims of bias in the media generally come from a person's own bias.  In other words, I would argue that if you think that Israel is always portrayed badly in the media, it is because you are biased in favor of Israel.  People tend to believe that their own side is treated badly, whether it be in sportswriting or in political writing.

If you go on the assumption that Israel is portrayed negatively, though, I would argue that it is because Israel is not an underdog, at least not in its dealings with the Palestinians.  Israel has the power to go in and do almost whatever it wants to the Palestinians.  The Palestinians can shoot rockets towards Israel, occasionally killing someone.  Israel can respond with modern military weapons and kill lots of people easily.

People rarely respond to the more powerful side in such a conflict.  They see that side as a bunch of bullies while the other side seems like the sympathetic underdog (David and Goliath).  So, if Israel is portrayed only in a negative way (which I would dispute), I would argue that this is the main reason.

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thegamecreator | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) eNoter

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To me, claims of bias in the media generally come from a person's own bias.  In other words, I would argue that if you think that Israel is always portrayed badly in the media, it is because you are biased in favor of Israel.  People tend to believe that their own side is treated badly, whether it be in sportswriting or in political writing.

If you go on the assumption that Israel is portrayed negatively, though, I would argue that it is because Israel is not an underdog, at least not in its dealings with the Palestinians.  Israel has the power to go in and do almost whatever it wants to the Palestinians.  The Palestinians can shoot rockets towards Israel, occasionally killing someone.  Israel can respond with modern military weapons and kill lots of people easily.

People rarely respond to the more powerful side in such a conflict.  They see that side as a bunch of bullies while the other side seems like the sympathetic underdog (David and Goliath).  So, if Israel is portrayed only in a negative way (which I would dispute), I would argue that this is the main reason.

ok, but some people from the gaza strip went and killed a whole family. That was not shown in the news. why may I ask?

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