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Disregarding Gaza: How Israeli elections ignored the Palestinians


Why is Gaza not an issue in Israel’s elections? A short documentary (watch above) examines the absence of Gaza and the Palestinians from the Israeli elections.

What kind of information are Israelis getting from their press? What kind of information is missing?  And how does that affect the reality on the ground?

Filmmakers Tamar Glezerman and Arianna LaPenne interview researchers and media watch dogs, and follow activists and independent journalists as they struggle to report the under reported. The exposure sheds light on the Israeli mainstream media scape, and how it shapes public opinion.

Shot during Operation Protective Edge, this film is an examination of what’s missing from the mainstream media.


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Tamar Glezerman and Arianna Lapenne are the directors of the short documentary "Disregarding Gaza."

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10 Responses

  1. just
    March 17, 2015, 11:20 am

    Mere words cannot express my gratitude for this documentary.

    Thank you, Tamar Glezerman and Arianna Lapenne. Thanks also to the interviewees, and to all of the people/survivors of Gaza.

    “Disregarding Gaza” is a perfect name for telling the truth.

    What the west has done wrt the Palestinians is also a crime.

  2. Ageel
    March 17, 2015, 12:01 pm

    Wow!! Thanks for the article and documentary. Do these people really want peace with the Palestinians?

  3. Kris
    March 17, 2015, 12:55 pm

    Great documentary, thank you! Everyone should see this.

  4. amigo
    March 17, 2015, 2:42 pm

    Thank you for this video.Thank you for your bravery in filming it.

  5. JLewisDickerson
    March 17, 2015, 5:21 pm

    RE: “What kind of information are Israelis getting from their press? What kind of information is missing?”

    “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) . . .


  6. JWalters
    March 17, 2015, 6:07 pm

    Gee, that’s exactly the same category of information withheld from Americans by their main news media. It must be just a coincidence though, because we’ve been assured in another thread that there is no “rich guy conspiracy” operating, only the “will of the American majority”.

    No sensible person would imagine such a conspiracy. Only readers of wacko websites that don’t have the benefit of professional editors like those at the New York Times.

  7. Palikari
    March 17, 2015, 8:27 pm

    Seriously guys… You’re always complaining! About anything.

    If the elections are ignoring Palestinians, then you have a problem with that. But if candidates talk about them then you will claim they are using the Palestinians as a political tool and so on.

    How do you want the elections to be? I’m trying but I can’t understand you. Anything Israel does can’t be good, according to your logic.

    • just
      March 17, 2015, 9:54 pm

      Tell me something that Israel has done for Palestinians that is “good”.

      One thing.

      • Palikari
        March 18, 2015, 6:09 am

        A LOT of things” I will tell you two:

        – Give them access to Israeli hospitals.
        – Give them job with very high salaries (in comparison to PA areas salaries).

      • just
        March 18, 2015, 9:10 am

        ” Give them access to Israeli hospitals.”

        How do they get there? They have to be allowed to get there, and the checkpoints and IOF thugs often prevent them getting there. Hell, they can’t even get to their OWN hospitals~ the ones that Israel hasn’t bombed (yet). This excerpt is from last summer~ Israel’s latest massacre:

        “Spending time in St. Joseph Hospital is the first occasion Tarek has had to get to know Palestinians from Gaza. So far 3,106 children have been injured during Operation Protective Edge and an estimated 1,500 have been orphaned, according to the United Nations.

        Tarek is from East Jerusalem and it is forbidden for him to travel to the besieged Mediterranean strip. Likewise, unless catastrophe strikes and they are fortunate enough to receive a medical transfer, the children of Gaza cannot leave. For children like Alaa, this has been her third war.”

        – See more at:

        But Israel does indeed provide care for ISIS fighters………..
        “Give them job with very high salaries (in comparison to PA areas salaries).”

        Israel illegally withholds millions of dollars that belong to the PA, so that the employed Palestinians cannot be paid. Israel uses and abuses its Palestinian “workers”. Israel is a cruel and vindictive Occupation force. Israel has enormous responsibilities under international law for the protection of those that they Occupy~ and they ignore it ALL.

        Have you got anything else?

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