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Look at the Photos, Netanyahu

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The reality in the occupied territories is conveyed to the citizens of Israel almost exclusively via the Israeli army spokesman. But photographs and video clips of confrontations between the Israeli army and Palestinians make it possible to demonstrate the horrifying discrepancy between the statements that the army feeds Israelis in shaping their consciousness of the situation, and the actual reality.

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The source of the discrepancy is not necessarily the result of lies disseminated by the army, but rather the paucity of the vocabulary used to describe the ongoing friction between the army and the civilian population under occupation. The Israeli ear is already inured to reports about what is happening in the territories, and apparently the aim of the army spokesman’s descriptions is to perpetuate that apathy.

Take, for example, this statement from the spokesman: “Last Thursday, there was a........

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