woensdag 22 november 2006
De Guardian bericht:
'Amir Gissin runs what he calls '"Israel's Explanation Department". Which is why it is surprising to hear him admit that many Israelis think "the whole problem is that we don't explain ourselves correctly".
Last week, as al-Jazeera launched an Arab view of the
world into English-speaking homes worldwide, Gissin was a
man under pressure. At the David Bar Ilan conference on
the media and Middle East, he faced an audience of
Israelis who were unhappy about the way the propaganda
battle with Hizbullah was fought and lost during the war
in the Lebanon. They wanted to know how it could be done
better next time, because most people in Israel seem to
think there will be a next time with Hizbullah soon.
Gissin said the words of his English-speaking spokespeople could not compete with the power of the pictures of civilians killed in the Israeli attack on Lebanese towns like Qana. And the Israeli parliament will not spend the money on an Israeli counterpart to al-Jazeera.
But Gissin was not down-hearted. He declared there to be a
"war on the web" in which Israel had a new weapon, a piece
of computer software called the "internet megaphone".
"During the war we had the opportunity to do some very
nice things with the megaphone community," he revealed at
the conference. Among them, he claimed, was a role in
getting an admission from Reuters that a photograph of
damage to Beirut had been doctored by a Lebanese
photographer to increase the amount of smoke in the
picture. This was first spotted by American blogger
Charles Johnson, who has won an award for "promoting
Israel and Zionism".'
Lees verder: http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1952099,00.htm l
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