Monday, January 02, 2006

Is it a wall?

No its a “fence”. And its not “occupied”, its “disputed”. Here is Robert Fisk with more examples of the Semantics of Occupation in use by the media, Telling it like it isn’t.

Then there is the "wall," the massive concrete obstruction whose purpose, according to the Israeli authorities, is to prevent Palestinian suicide bombers from killing innocent Israelis. In this, it seems to have had some success. But it does not follow the line of Israel's 1967 border and cuts deeply into Arab land. And all too often these days, journalists call it a "fence" rather than a "wall." Or a "security barrier," which is what Israel prefers them to say. For some of its length, we are told, it is not a wall at all — so we cannot call it a "wall," even though the vast snake of concrete and steel that runs east of Jerusalem is higher than the old Berlin Wall.

 Toopi Tip: Jews sans frontieres

1 Comments:

At January 05, 2006 8:45 pm, Anonymous Joshua said...

"For some of its length, we are told, it is not a wall at all — so we cannot call it a "wall," even though the vast snake of concrete and steel that runs east of Jerusalem is higher than the old Berlin Wall."

For the very greatest part of its length (approximately 95%), the barrier is purely fence.

 

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