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In Arab media, images tell only part of the story.
Arab countries are broadcasting graphic images of the violence in
The end result, however, is the demonizing of an already hated enemy without advancing solutions.
The television a stations’ support for Hamas reflects a larger principle of resistance: The Hamas confrontation is not only seen as a defense of
This reporting serves Iran’s agenda: to win the hearts and minds of the Arab masses (who are very supportive of the Palestinian plight) while de-legitimizing “moderate” Arab states such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan.
Cairo-based Nile News Channel, however, defended the position of the Egyptian government. A Nile reporter noted, "Under the framework of
Egyptian television stations also show graphic images of civilian causalities, especially children, to show the Egyptian government’s solidarity with Palestinians in
For example, a Jan. 5 news report showed an entire family killed by the Israeli bombardment. With subtitles reading, “
The message is that although
Meanwhile, Jordanian television stations defended the position of King Abdullah II. Although
One news report shows the king donating blood to the Palestinians in
Saudi television stations, which showed a segment of images of injured children with music playing in the background and the subtitle, “
Their reporting highlighted the treatment of injured Gazans in Saudi hospitals, showing King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz personally shaking hands with the injured.
This was in part to deflect the Arab world’s criticism of the Saudi government for not taking tangible action – such as its oil boycott in the 1970s – as a way to stop
In contrast, Israeli television stations are refraining from showing graphic images. Instead, they are focusing on the effects of rockets launched by Hamas, and the stories of families of injured and dead Israeli soldiers.
A reporter from Israeli Channel 10 visited a hospital where wounded Israeli soldiers were being treated, saying, "You have to be impressed with the families' motivation because they feel this is a just war." One can read the following subtitles in Hebrew, “War on Hamas.”
However, at least two fathers of injured Israeli soldiers did not share the reporter's point of view. One father told the Israeli channel, "I'm waiting for my son to get out of a coma. This is
The images of graphic violence in
Israeli officials are given air time on such Arab television stations as Al Aarbiya and Al Jazeera English to make their case. The images are so telling, though, that it is difficult to argue for the Israeli side. Israeli officials might be able to get away with their claims in western and Israeli media, but when it comes to Arab TV it is a different story.