conflict & communication online, Vol. 9, No. 2, 2010
ISSN 1618-0747




Anat First
Enemies, fellow victims, or the forgotten? News coverage of Israeli Arabs in the 21st century

This study examined Israeli-Arab citizens' representation in Israeli news media as of 2000, when fundamental changes occurred in the political and social realities of both Arab and Jewish citizens. The present examination paid particular attention to coverage of four momentous events – namely, the protests in October 2000, the announcement of a competitive bid for Channel 2 during 2003-4, the Second Lebanon War, and the publication of Future of the Arab Palestinians in Israel at the end of 2006 by the National Committee for the heads of Arab local authorities – by the national television channels and two newspapers. Qualitative and quantitative textual analyses revealed that Arab citizens are mostly symbolically annihilated, but when presented they are identified chiefly as enemies and very seldom as equal citizens.



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On the author:
Prof. Anat First serves as Dean of School of Communication, Netanya College, Israel. Her main fields of research include: Mediated representations of minority groups particularly women and Arabs; multi-culturalism as reflected in various genres on prime-time television; Israeli culture in general,; globalization/Americanization and negotiating national identity. She has published extensively on these subjects.

Address: Netanya Academic College, 1 University St. Kiryat Yizhak Rabin, Netanya, 42365, Israel.