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The far right infiltration of Israel’s media is blinding the public to the truth about Gaza | Etan Nechin

The far right infiltration of Israel’s media is blinding the public to the truth about Gaza | Etan Nechin

Since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war, Israelis have been glued to their TV sets and scrolling through news and social media. The ordinarily news-obsessed public has become even more engrossed, and the war has seen the propagation of a point of view that for much of Israel’s media history has been marginal, but has now reached its apex: that of the settler far right. The settlement movement, originating as a small vanguard of religious Zionists, has expanded exponentially since Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza after the 1967 six-day war. Once perceived as bearded, outsider men patrolling the Hebron hills with Uzis, settlers have significantly increased their influence, becoming key political players. Recent elections have elevated some of the movement’s most extreme figures, such as Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich, to high positions in government. This didn’t happen overnight. A significant reason for the settlers’ success is a sustained effort, in collaboration with the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to infiltrate mainstream media and create media outlets devoted to settler goals, so reshaping …

Like Tal Mitnick, I refused to serve Israel as a soldier. It’s important to understand why | Etan Nechin

Like Tal Mitnick, I refused to serve Israel as a soldier. It’s important to understand why | Etan Nechin

Last week, 18-year-old Tal Mitnick was jailed for 30 days for refusing Israel Defense Forces enlistment, becoming the first conscientious objector imprisoned since the Israel-Hamas war began. “I refuse to believe that more violence will bring security. I refuse to take part in a war of revenge,” Mitnick wrote in a statement. Military conscription is a unifying cornerstone in Israeli society. It is hard to completely trust the IDF figures due to a lack of transparency, but its official numbers show that 69% of men and 56% of women are conscripted for service at 18. This makes the military uniform an emblem of collective national identity, perhaps even more important than the flag, epitomised by the Israeli maxim: “A nation building an army is a nation building itself.” The military is so ingrained in the fabric of society, the service is as much a sociological phenomenon as an ideological duty. Most soldiers aren’t fighters. They have roles from cooks, to radio DJs, to teachers. The army has learned to absorb groups it dismissed in the …