Media Representations of the Israeli-Palestinian Term Paper

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Four of his movies are still amongst the top 20 earners of all time. Making of Schindler's list and setting up Shoah foundation; which filmed disturbing tales from Holocaust survivors portrayed Spielberg as an ultra Zionist by most. The view after Munich has somewhat changed and most American and Israeli Jews criticized the movie and labeled it as portraying Israeli's as murderers while popular belief amongst Jews is that of retaliation. There is the hit squad, Bombs used in beds, in cars and even in phones with gruesome gun fights and cold blood executions by Mossad operatives representing Jews as killers.

A neutral viewer may argue that the movie lacked details on Palestinian terrorists portrayed only as targets rather than human beings with feelings.

Spielberg managed to deliver what the news media missed. No spice but reality, mistakes and regrets by both sides. He managed to explain what impact this event had on the bystanders during and after the Munich Olympics and how both the parties managed to worsen the situation by being aggressive.

The movie Munich starts off with the Munich massacre, continues with the targeted killings by Mossad operatives while doing so it shows us the changing human behavior of each operative and in the end the human element prevails.

Another major addition to stories told about Munich Olympics 1972 is 1972 Munich Olympic Games, the: Bud Greenspan Remembers. Now where the tales from news media were based on mere hype and biased portray of society and Spielberg's work represents what every character personally involved in the story felt, Greenspan told us what EXACTLY happened there. Greenspan was there in the Olympics for the event coverage where he was caught in the middle of this attack. The work of Greenspan was aired in 2002 and contained the actual footages of people at Munich in 1972. Also it contains the highlights of the Olympics coupled with the interviews of audience there and relatives of people who died. The whole documentary was based on facts with no fiction or hype involved, surrounded around main event, the Olympics, how the disruption occurred and how people reacted to its outcomes. It was a simple piece of work with clean approach.

If we look into the way media around us, has portrayed what happened at Munich Olympics in 1972, substantial differences will be found in every approach. The news contained the hype, juice, suspense, and flawed information rather than truth. Spielberg's work was based on human psychology irrespective of religion and beliefs, whereas Greenspan's work was of documentary nature containing the truth as it happened. Media needs to attend to its responsibility of not playing with its audience and provide them with truth, nothing but truth not subjected to any objective approach, free from bias.

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,917631,00.html?internalid=ACA

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http://www.fair.org/activism/network-retaliation.html

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestine_Media_Watch

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(http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500185_162-520840.html)

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