Should anyone ever need an example of the hopeless ignorance and bias (albeit unintentional perhaps) of the American media on the subject of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, your search is hereby ended.
An Israeli academic forwarded me an e mail from a producer for Katie Couric’s CBS News program. In it, she requested help from the Israel studies faculty at Columbia University for a broadcast on the night the IDF seized the Rachel Corrie:
Columbia Faculty in the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies:
I am sorry to email all of you but I was hoping someone in your department might be able to help. For tonight’s evening news we are trying to make a map of the exclusion zone around Israel. I am wondering if you would have any information – not for attribution of course – just to help us make this map. The embassy and dept of defense etc. haven’t been able to be helpful and I thought you might be able to help even if it is just a point in the right direction.
Thank you for your time and assistance…
CBS Evening News with Katie Couric
In other words, a producer for one of America’s major national news programs doesn’t understand the distinction between Israel and Gaza, and doesn’t realize that the latter isn’t the former. Because she doesn’t understand this she of course will never understand the concept that the Israeli siege is illegal and that Israel has no right to establish an exclusion zone around Gaza. Which means she will never be able to understand much of anything about this conflict except what she understands from the Israeli vantage point. Note too that she turned to Columbia’s Israel studies faculty to answer her question.