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Israel in the Australian Media

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Publication Date: January 2005

Publisher(s): Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs

Author(s): Tzvi Fleischer

Series: Jewish Political Studies Review 17:3-4 (Fall 2005)

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)
Media, telecommunications, and information (Press)

Keywords: Community Relations; Antisemitism; Anti-Israel Sentiment; Media

Type: Report


The author argues that the Australian media focuses disproportionately on Israel and particularly on the Arab-Israeli conflict. To explain the derivation of this bias, the author cites trends imported from international sources, especially certain "narrative frames," and from domestic influences within the Australian media. The author also provides examples of the "new anti-Semitism" in the Australian media, including the extreme demonization of Israel, the alleged financial and media power of the Jewish lobby and conspiracy theories about American Jewish neoconservatives.