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In some ways, popular media portrayals regarding Israel-Palestine are even more significant than news media reports in forming the public’s impressions on this topic. Hollywood movies and TV shows, in particular, profoundly affect people’s views.

Author Jack Shaheen has demonstrated in his thorough book, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Villifies a People, that Arabs are almost always depicted negatively in Hollywood films.

Hollywood is notorious for the industry’s partiality toward Israel. Below are a few articles that address this bias and, at times, intentional manipulation:

Rule 1: Talk About Anything Political in Hollywood … Except Gaza


“…Cultural affinity and political support for Israel run deep in the entertainment industry, as they have since Israel’s founding in 1948. It’s commonplace for top executives to be on a first-name basis with prominent Israeli politicians and business leaders….” Hollywood Reporter – As casualties mount in Gaza [see here], an uncharacteristic reticence about the conflict has […]

Leaked emails reveal Hollywood execs at work for Israel


“Hollywood has often been accused being the propaganda arm of the Israeli government. These leaked emails appear to confirm that this is indeed the case.” Alastair Sloan, Middle East Monitor – Top Hollywood bosses enjoy a strong relationship with the Israeli government and various pro-Israel lobbying groups across the United States, according to a cache […]

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