When Foreign Media Outlets Become Israel's Enemy

Palestinian, Israeli or foreign journalists who cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have become an inseparable part of the war, seen not only as representatives of the media outlets that employ them but as members of the rival side

A photo of Dr. Zvi Bar'el.
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Shireen Abu Akleh of Al Jazeera is one more journalist who got caught in the crossfire between rival forces and became “collateral damage.” The way in which she was killed, the Arab and Israeli reactions that immediately followed, the understanding that her killing could prompt a new wave of violence and the speed with which Israeli army Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi announced the convening of an investigative committee – along with the demand to convene an international investigation – are evidence that the killing was one of much greater diplomatic importance than what befell Abu Akleh and her family alone. 

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