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Stand With Us is a youth-oriented pro-Israel group. It is sponsoring an international conference for student journalists at Ben Gurion University in the Negev this summer called “Scoop Israel.” The title and ink-stained logo seem to play off Evelyn Waugh’s famous satire of Abyssinia foreign coverage, which, as I remember was steeped in racism (The Daily Beast got its name from the newspaper in that book). I wonder how many Arab journalists will be at this conference?

we are offering you a unique opportunity to get a glimpse into some of the most complicated and debated issues of conflict journalism.

The news we report can be destructive for a community, by promoting fear and violence. Or our news reports can be constructive, by making citizens better informed, and possibly safer, by also reporting on efforts to promote conflict reduction. This is conflict sensitive journalism. A conflict sensitive journalist takes no sides, but is engaged in the search for solutions. Conflict sensitive journalists choose their words carefully.

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  1. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    May 31, 2013, 10:17 am

    A conflict sensitive journalist takes no sides

    What, like taking pointers from a group that calls itself Stand With Us?

    • jon s
      jon s
      May 31, 2013, 10:44 am

      Hey, right here at BGU, maybe I’ll check it out …
      Alas, Phil, the program posted doesn’t name the participants, at least not yet:
      http://scoopisrael.com/schedule.html

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        May 31, 2013, 11:30 am

        Jon,
        You’re just teasing, right?
        The programme reads like a Birthright tour:

        Tour of a Kibbutz
        See and learn about
        the unique Socialist
        way of life

        Sunset hike,
        dinner &
        authentic
        Bedouin
        hospitality

      • piotr
        piotr
        May 31, 2013, 12:21 pm

        Day three: the second visit to the Beduin village, this time with bulldozers.

      • jon s
        jon s
        May 31, 2013, 1:02 pm

        Right, I’m too old and too skeptical for that stuff.

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        May 31, 2013, 3:49 pm

        “Right, I’m too old and too skeptical for that stuff.”

        Yeah, right. As you live in your ethnically-cleansed land…

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      May 31, 2013, 11:23 am

      In light of recent criticism of the IRS as a tool of partisan politics, StandWithUs, also known as the Israel Emergency Alliance, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your gift to StandWithUs is fully tax deductible to the extent provided by law.

  2. talknic
    talknic
    May 31, 2013, 10:43 am

    Hilarious stuff.

  3. DSisken
    DSisken
    May 31, 2013, 11:01 am

    Reminds me of ads I’ve heard on the radio in the DC area for the right-wing Washington Times: “fearless reporting, American values.” Right…….

  4. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    May 31, 2013, 11:22 am

    Henry Miller, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh. Who’s the next (conveniently) dead scribbler Phil will conjure in order to flog Israel?

    • philweiss
      philweiss
      May 31, 2013, 2:26 pm

      work with me, Obsidian; I need some marquee names

      • Hostage
        Hostage
        May 31, 2013, 4:09 pm

        Henry Miller, George Orwell, Evelyn Waugh. Who’s the next (conveniently) dead scribbler Phil will conjure in order to flog Israel?

        When it comes to flogging Israel, no one beats the ancient prophets. After all, they invented the Jeremiad for that very purpose.

        There’s a long list of dead scribblers who criticized Zionism or Israel, like Norman Mailer, Gore Vidal, Walter Benjamin, Bertrand Russell, George Bernard Shaw, Maxime Rodinson, Elmer Berger, Tony Judt, and Christopher Hitchins.

        It would be nice if you could step-up the quality of diatribes you employ to flog Palestine. Some of your scribblers would be better off dead if all they can look forward to is recycling rubbish about the former Mufti of Jerusalem or Nasser.

    • Qualtrough
      Qualtrough
      May 31, 2013, 10:17 pm

      Although I am a Yank, years of working with Brits and living overseas has seen me absorbing their use of ‘flog’ in the sense of to sell or promote, e.g. He was flogging newspapers for a living.’ I am sure I am not the first reader to wonder why someone was accusing Phil of promoting Israel!

  5. Darcha
    Darcha
    May 31, 2013, 11:30 am

    ‘The news we report can be destructive for a community, by promoting fear and violence. Or our news reports can be constructive, by making citizens better informed…’

    Will there also be a seminar on proofreading and sentence mechanics?

  6. David Doppler
    David Doppler
    May 31, 2013, 11:35 am

    Hey Phil,

    Check out this Israeli-Palestinian billionaires’ peace initiative. http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/israeli-and-palestinian-tycoons-push-for-peace/2013/05/30/5680a218-c899-11e2-9cd9-3b9a22a4000a_story.html

    The concluding paragraph talks about risk to younger people (these old tycoons just want to see peace before they die), and I think credit is owed to Mondoweiss for working to reduce that risk. It also suggests that Obama’s peace initiative has many hidden parts, working beneath the surface of his sycophancy.

    • bintbiba
      bintbiba
      May 31, 2013, 1:09 pm

      Justice comes before Peace and before economic development. The rest is corrupting bribery and baseless.

    • MHughes976
      MHughes976
      May 31, 2013, 1:15 pm

      The hidden parts remain for me fully concealed underneath their fig leaf. What would they be?

      • David Doppler
        David Doppler
        May 31, 2013, 5:03 pm

        These two billionaires just got together on their own? Or were they introduced, encouraged, or otherwise facilitated by those working with Obama and Kerry? Since Obama arrived in Israel earlier this year, to reassure Israel that he wouldn’t hold Netanyahu’s open hostility and contempt against our ally, but would guarantee security and would play the sycophancy card in spades, we learned that he’d persuaded Israel to move to restore relations with Turkey, Kerry has thrown himself into what everyone assumes will be just another failure, the War with Iran seems to have been backed off from, and now two billionaires show up promoting peace. I tell you, I see the hand of the Obama administration and its non-AIPAC aligned Jewish American supporters – those offended by Netanyahu’s blundering bullyism – in all of these surprises. Are there others? How did they each happen?

  7. Hostage
    Hostage
    May 31, 2013, 12:58 pm

    The news we report can be destructive for a community, by promoting fear and violence.

    LOL! But for more than a century the Hebrew press has been, hands-down, the world’s largest purveyor of fear, violence, and existential threats. Let’s not kid ourselves, Stand With Us isn’t listening to “a still small voice”, they are an echo chamber for the propaganda ministers of the Zionist state.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    DICKERSON3870
    May 31, 2013, 4:18 pm

    RE: “A conflict sensitive journalist takes no sides, but is engaged in the search for solutions. Conflict sensitive journalists choose their words carefully.” ~ Stand With Us

    LOOSELY TRANSLATED: Using words like “apartheid”, “occupation” or “occupied” is strictly verboten (i.e., forbidden)! ! ! See the Wikipedia article on “Gleichschaltung”.

    P.S. URI AVNERY ON THE SORRY STATE OF THE ISRAELI MEDIA/PRESS: “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]
    All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
    [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
    . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
    . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
    If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
    This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
    The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
    , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
    How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying.
    If peace is impossible, why think about it? Why even mention it in the election campaign? Why not go back 44 years to Golda Meir’s days and pretend that the Palestinians don’t exist? (“There is no such thing as a Palestinian people…It is not as though there was a Palestinian people and we came and threw them out and took their country away. They did not exist.” – Golda Meir, June 13, 1969) . . .

    ENTIRE COMMENTARY – http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/01/04/israels-weird-elections/

  9. PilgrimSoul
    PilgrimSoul
    June 1, 2013, 4:14 pm

    “Conflict sensitive journalists choose their words carefully.” My God.

    There’s a sensational comic novel there! Who, who will be the modern Waugh, sans prejudice and snobbery, to give the Israel Lobby the full satiric treatment? I can think of so many titles, of which STONED BY US and SENSITIVE CONFLICTS IN THE PROMISED LAND are only two…

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