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Sophocles said, “What people believe prevails over truth,”

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is ideal for the arm chair reader who would like a basic grasp of the terms used in the mainstream media’s presentation of the Arab-Israeli situation as is reported today.

This is a book whose time has come. This is a book where the reader gains a working knowledge of the terms being used in shaping the public’s perceptions, while being empowered to develop his or her own opinion.

Beginning with “Apartheid” – A False Charge Against Israel’, Section One of the book takes the reader through an alphabet of terms demonstrating the systematic demonization of Israel in the Western media, both by the usual suspects as well as supposedly neutral parties.

The authors demonstrate, in short, manageable snippets of information the seemingly deliberate misrepresentation, and in some cases blatant fabrication, of information-always to Israel’s detriment.

The strength of Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z is in its ability to take seemingly complex words or phrases and, in a few words, expose how that word is used in misrepresenting Israel.

“The War that Followed Israel’s Creation” – No, it wasn’t. The 1948 war was a multiple-nation Arab invasion whose purpose was to destroy the nascent state of Israel and to forever reject the UN partition plan of November 29, 1947.

Short. To the point. Occasionally jaw-dropping. Always revealing. The possible disadvantage of this approach is that it leaves the reader with many questions.

In a world in which the general assumption is that “If everyone says it, it must be true,” the commonly accepted “truths” of the media are called into question at nearly every sentence.

This book is not a dictator of doctrine, it is a springboard towards further discovery.

Section Two goes into more historical depth, providing clarity on more complicated issues, whose very complexity allow them to be misrepresented with very little outcry.

The book addresses goals of the parties involved in the conflict such as Hamas and Fatah, as expressed in their documents of consequence. Following this background information, for those readers who know of Israel only as a troublesome party in the Middle East, and for those who identity Jerusalem only as a source of world conflict, the book paints a beautiful picture of the Jewish people’s connection, and thus irrevocable commitment, to the places in question. “Jewishness ‘ is more than just a religion.

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z emphasizes that Biblical story which is recounted in the land of Israel provides a narrative to show that the narrative of the Jews happened in Israel, and the Jews never left.

As the British cleric and historian James Parkes put it, “the heroic endurance of those who maintained a Jewish presence in The Land all the centuries, and in spite of every discouragement,” wrote the… “Real title deeds”

The reader may be shocked at the level of audacity exercised by Israel’s “Partners in Peace” in altering the narrative of history.

After all, during the July 2000 Camp David Summit, Yasser Arafat actually informed President Bill Clinton that “Solomon’s Temple was not built in Jerusalem, but Nablus.”

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z correctly concludes that “Israel doesn’t have the resources to counter every imbalanced news article in the Western media.”

This book represents a call to the ordinary media consumer to therefore become more informed on the way in which Israel’s opponents will use subtle or blatant terms in the media, in order to deglitimize Israel.

Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed from A-Z should sit on the coffee table of all consumers of the western mainstream media, to help them question news items that cry out for balance.

This article was originally published by The Times of Israel.

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.

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