Conflicting Viewpoints

Recently, there have been incidences where Jews in Jerusalem have been stabbed to death by Palestinians for a very inhumane reason. Fox News discusses a series of Palestinian songs that have been surfacing leading to a lot of tension between Palestinians and Jews. The article takes on the name ‘Stab the Zionist’: Palestinian songs celebrate killing Jews, and just from the title a reader can infer what kind of stance Fox is taking. The names of some of the songs are “Jerusalem is Bleeding,” “Continue the Intifada,” and “Stab the Zionist and say God is Great.” Fox News takes on a more negative and critical stance on the Palestinians. They refer to the actions such as ones of murder and martyrdom. Along with that, the Palestinians themselves are being referred to terrorists. The article is very critical of the Palestinian government as well because instead of trying to put a stop to the violence, they are promoting it through public media outlets such as the radio, social media, tv, and even CD’s. The article contains two videos of which both are examples of the songs being broadcasted to the population through media outlets. Along with the songs there are videos glorifying the violent action that are being done to the Jews. The videos were not put there because Fox News is for the violence, but to show just how terrible they are. The interview included in the article is one stating that UNRWA, an organization for Palestinian refugees, is turning a blind eye towards the incitement against Israel. All together the article is very critical on what is being done to stop the chaos. It portrays many of the Palestinians, including the government, as terrorists and murderers. It is important to realize the stance of Fox News because if a reader reads this given article they will develop a largely negative view on the situation. The article is critical; therefore, it may shape the opinion of the public to critical as well. A consequence of that would be the fact that there might be more to the story that was not mentioned in the article. Some sources may be more biased than others and a reader should not base their opinion from one article.

On the other hand, the New York Times portrays this conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis very differently than does Fox News. The New York Times, a newspaper that is sometimes known to have a more liberal viewpoint, has sympathy towards the Palestinians, describing their peaceful protests. The newspaper says that their protests are only for solidarity and only to promote peace. Unlike Fox News, the New York Times includes many quotes from the Palestinian people. One woman, while watching her kids sing says, “My homeland, glory and beauty, sublime and splendid.” First off, the quote is there to convince readers that Palestine was a great place, and that they are not at fault for this conflict. The author of this article also mentions how kids are in this conflict as well. They sing along with the protesters, making not only the adults part of this conflict, children are too. The author did this on purpose to make the reader sympathize with the victims in this conflict, because kids in danger make people emotional. The article starts off by saying the Palestinian people have a, “call for solidarity with the struggle of the Palestinian people for their freedom and rights.”

The goal of this quote is for the reader to feel emotional towards the Palestinians, hoping that the readers will side with them. At the end of the article, perhaps the most impactful, the author includes a quote from a teenage girl saying, “We need feelings and love, we need people to see us as humans.” The purpose of ending the article like this is to make the reader view the Palestinians in a different way.

Overall, The two sources convey two completely different stories and viewpoints on Palestinians. Fox News calls them terrorists and accuses them of killing Jews. The New York Times wants people to sympathize with the Palestinians by portraying them as innocent and nonviolent people. The impact of these two very conflicting viewpoints leaves the reader confused and unable to distinguish between the facts and the fiction.

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