Monday, January 29, 2007

The tyranny of the subeditor.

'The problem is that Israel defines itself as a "Jewish and democratic state" -- but has not reconciled the apparent contradiction in being both "Jewish" and "democratic." In reality, Israeli Arabs are in many ways seen and treated as second-class citizens. And now, there are signs that a long-simmering tension between Israeli Arabs and Jews may be rising to a boiling point. In December, a broad coalition of Israeli Arab leaders and intellectuals published a document titled "The Future Vision of Palestinian Arabs in Israel," which called for cultural autonomy and the right to veto government decisions concerning Israeli Arabs. It also declared a vision of Israel not as a Jewish state granting them full civil rights, but as a "state of all its citizens." Unsurprisingly, the document was denounced as dangerous and treacherous by many Israeli Jews.'

Note, incidentally (as Medialens have pointed out) how the subeditor 'frames' the piece (which is actually quite good), giving it the headline 'Israel's Arab problem hits home'. Note again ' Israel's Arab Problem.'


At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reminds me when the UK tabloid press prefaces a story with "Fury erupted last night ..." Where, when, who?


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