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The Image of Israel and Israelis in the French, British, and Italian Press During the 1982 Lebanon War

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This chapter assesses how the media representation of Israel was conveyed at a critical moment and turning point in Israel's history: the events in Lebanon of September 1982. It argues that although it encompassed extremely negative features, the image of Israel and "the Israelis" painted during this time was not part of the classic antisemitic discourse. Most scholars and commentators indicate the key role played by the left-wing media in relation to today's antisemitism in Europe. The chapter argues that, although they were more prominent in the left-wing press, the stereotypes concerning Israel were not confined to this perspective but were shared by the press in general. It analyzes the coverage of the events in five major mainstream newspapers from three European countries. The chapter is organized around the chronologic sequence of events, with a view to underlining significant evolutions in the discourse.

Keywords: 1982 Lebanon war; antisemitic discourse; British press; French press; Israel's history; Italian press



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