Media Dictionary: Arab-Israeli Conflict

A handy dictionary/rules book for anyone writing on the Middle East issues in the mainstream media. To get published as a news journalist, it seems you have to follow these rules.
Source: http://atheonews.blogspot.com/2009/01/media-dictionary-arab-israeli-conflict.html

Definitions:

Caught in the Crossfire: When Palestinian civilians are killed.

Retaliation: When Israeli army or settlers kill Palestinians.

Escalation: Any act of violence or resistance by the Palestinians.

Murdered: When Israeli Civilians are killed.

Brutal/cowardly/ghastly: adjectives describing attacks on Israelis.

Self defense: Any act of violence by Israelis.

Terrorism: Any act of violence by the Palestinians.

Civilians: Armed settlers are civilians when killed. Try to avoid using this term for Palestinians.

Neighborhoods: Areas inhabited by Israeli settlers.

Positions: Any Palestinian towns and villages especially when bombed by helicopter gunships or raked with large caliber machine guns.

Tragedy: Any Israeli death.

Deserved: Any Palestinian death.

Squatters: Palestinian natives.

Democratic ally: Synonym for Israel.

Disputed Areas: Any Palestinian or Arab land occupied by Israel in defiance of International law.

Anti-Semite: Person condemns Israeli violations of Palestinian civil and human rights.

Victims: Any Jewish Israeli.

Attacker: Any Palestinian engaging in any form of resistance.

Targets: Palestinian buildings, homes, offices – What the Israeli military designates as military targets.

Attack/bombing/murder: Acts the Palestinians commit when directed at Israelis.

Clashes: This is a difficult term to understand but is generally used when Palestinians die.

Measures (e.g. Economic measures, security measures) : Any acts the Israelis commit (blockades, collective punishment, shelling neighborhoods, starving a population etc).

Security: Anything the Israeli government chooses to do. This can include land confiscation, extra-judicial killings, home demolitions, destruction of groves, uprooting trees, blockades etc. The term security is reserved for use only with the word Israel or Israeli and must never be applied to Palestinians. Lashing out: A term reserved for Palestinians and acts they commit against Israelis.

Under siege: Again a term for use by the Israelis as in Palestinians have put Israelis under siege. Exact meaning depends on the circumstances. Never use for Palestinian towns or villages.

Rules:

When to use Passive voice: If the violent action is committed by Israelis (e.g. 2 Palestinians were killed, one of them a 9 year old).

When to use active voice: If the action is committed by Palestinians (e.g. Palestinians killed a Jewish child, Palestinians kills teenager).

While reporting about Israelis: “2 Israelis were injured”, while reporting about Palestinian use the verbs claimed, say etc.

“Palestinians say woman dies of teargas inhalation in West Bank” (e.g. Ha’aretz)

Names: Must be included for any Jewish victims, always avoid names for Muslim or Christian victims but use numbers in stead (remember in the passive voice, e.g. 2 Palestinians died in clashes).

When an Israeli is killed: It is important to note his or her profession, where he/she is from and was going, whether or not he/she is religious, and whether or not he/she is an immigrant from the U.S. or Russia. If the dead person is survived by a spouse and children,

this should be noted. If the victim is a youngster, the school they attended should be mentioned, and their friends’ feelings should be noted. in general, people who knew the dead person should testify to their humanity.

When a Palestinian is killed, they should not be personalized in any way.

When an Israeli is killed, it is useful to include graphic descriptions of the death scene – the covered body, the fragments of flesh, the path of flowing blood, etc.

Please ensure that your local media editor/journalist receives this list.

Source

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English/Zionist Dictionary ~ Abdul Alhazred’s blog

Incorrect term …………………………………..Correct term

Peace ……………………………………… Permanent pre-hostility

Unprovoked attack by USA or Israel … Pre-emptive strike

Aggressive war ………………………………… Conflict or dispute

Permanent aggressive war ……………… Protracted conflict

Global aggressive war ……………….. Spreading democracy

Individual resistance to aggressive war ………. Terrorism

Group resistance to aggressive war …………… Insurgency

National resistance to aggressive war ……….. Rogue state

Multi-national resistance to aggressive war ….. Axis of evil

Political leader of resistance to aggression ………. Dictator

Military leader of resistance to aggressive war … Warlord

Any Muslim who questions aggressive war …… al-Qaeda

Any other person who questions aggression …… Militant

Department that engages in aggression …..Dept. of defense

Invasion to promote aggressive war …………….. Incursion

Israeli agents of aggressive war ……. Israeli defense force

Victim of aggressive war …………………… Illegal combatant

Weapons of aggressive war …………… Policy instruments

Massive funding of aggression …. Enhanced force protection

Popular support for aggressive war …………….. Democracy

Genocide ……………………………………. Degrading the enemy

Dead U.S. soldiers …………………. Non-operative personnel

Murder (as a verb) ………………………………………Neutralize

Attack …………………………………………………….Defend

Facts / evidence / objective reality …. Enemy propaganda

Military censorship ………………………. Embedded reporters

Destroying civilian infrastructure …. Asymmetric warfare

Destroying civilians themselves ………… Collateral damage

Imprisonment ……………………………………………….Detention

Prisoner …………………………………………………..Detainee

Torture ………………………………………………..Interrogation

Illegal spying on Americans ……….. Terrorist surveillance

Questioning war ……………………………… Anti-Americanism

Questioning murder ………………………………….. Cut and run

Questioning the government ……………. Lack of patriotism

Mass questioning of the agenda …. Home-grown terrorism

Mass ignorance …………………………… Consumer confidence

Debt ……………………………………………………….. Finances

U.S. Constitution/Geneva Conventions … Quaint documents

We will nuke anyone anytime …. All options are on the table

Human bodies ………………………………….. Soft targets

Apartheid wall ……………………………………….Security fence

Muslim …………………………………. Islamist or

Islamofascist

Islam …………………………………… Anti-American radicalism

Distraction while we prepare to strike again … Peace process

Questioning zionist atrocities ………… Anti-semitism

Questioning Jewish supremacism ………… Anti-semitism

Questioning U.S. funding for israel ……. Anti-semitism

Questioning AIPAC espionage ………….. Anti-semitism

Questioning the ³holocaust² …………… Anti-semitism

Neglect to capitalize ³holocaust² ……… Anti-semitism

³Huh?² ……………………………… Anti-semitism

Massive funding for weapons makers … Supporting the troops

Israelis that violently evict Palestinians from Palestine … Settlers

Multiple victims of aggressive war (the people of Gaza) … Enemy entity

Distraction while we prepare to strike again … Peace process

A child who got blinded / maimed / blown to bits when she

accidentally got in the way of our aggression ……. Human shield

Who cares if rag-heads get wasted? ……………………………There is no moral equivalence between terrorists and security forces