Bearing Witness Or Bearing A Higher Moral Ground?

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Bearing Witness or Bearing a Higher Moral Ground? The Paradox of the War and Disaster Journalist of our time Bearing witness in contemporary international journalism ‘’When the people responsible for explaining the world to the world, journalists, cover the Jews’ war as more worthy of attention than any other, when they portray the Jews of Israel as the party obviously in the wrong, when they omit all possible justifications for the Jews’ actions and obscure the true face of their enemies, what they are saying to their readers—whether they intend to or not—is that Jews are the worst people on earth. The Jews are a symbol of the evils that civilized people are taught from an early age to abhor. International press coverage has become a morality play starring a familiar villain.’’ – Matti Friedman (Friedman, 2014) When Chanel 4’s Jon Snow returned to London after bearing witness to the horrific events of June 2014 in Gaza, he recorded an emotionally moving video, giving an account of the massacre he witnessed, and pressing the emotions of the ‘world community’ to ‘act’. In what seemed liked a profound analysis of having born witness to the many young lives that were lost in Gaza, Snow said, ‘’Now of course Hamas, for its part, was throwing rockets into Israel, designed ideally, as they would put it, to kill Israelis. But of course Israel – courtesy of American finance – has invented the most brilliant shield, which is keeping absolutely everything out. And that’s a big

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