The Wallkeepers: Monitoring the Israeli-Arab Conflict

Dan Caspi with Danny Rubinstein

in The Impacts of Lasting Occupation

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199862184
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979950 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

The Wallkeepers: Monitoring the Israeli-Arab Conflict

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The chapter describes the way in which the mass media have handled the occupation. It suggests that Israel has concentrated on building an “Information Wall” that separates between the Arab and the Israeli societies, blocking information on what is happening in Palestinian society in particular – and thus perpetuating reciprocal stereotypes. The “Information Wall” grew higher as the physical distance between the rival populations decreased, remaining stable and effective after occupation of the territories. The Wallkeepers are developing immanent interests in perpetuating the “Information Wall” which is far more difficult to topple than a physical wall.

Keywords: Arab world; Mass media; Israel; Closure; Censorship; Stereotypes; Image

Chapter.  11327 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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