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Impossible Witness: Israeli Visuality, Palestinian Testimony and the Gaza War

dc.contributor.author Stein, RL
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-22T18:36:40Z
dc.date.issued 2012-07-01
dc.identifier.issn 1479-7585
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6688
dc.description.abstract This article studies Israeli news coverage (chiefly via newspapers and television) of the Gaza war of 2008-2009, with a focus on what the national media withheld from its consuming publics - namely, depiction of the extent of Israeli-inflicted violence upon Gazan people and infrastructure. At the core of this article is a study of an anomalous instance of Palestinian testimonial which was broadcast live on Israeli national television - this in an Israeli media context in which Palestinian eyewitness accounts were largely occluded from public view. How, the article asks, are we to make sense of this scene of televised Palestinian trauma and the enormous attention it garnered among Israeli publics? The author's reading detours through the work of Israeli cultural theorist Ariella Azoulay with her insistence that the study of images and visuality in the Israeli context be attentive to the inextricable interplay between ways of seeing and national ideologies. In conclusion, the author proffers a reading which folds this scene of televised testimonial back into the hegemonic Israeli field of perception. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
dc.publisher Informa UK Limited
dc.relation.ispartof Journal for Cultural Research
dc.relation.isversionof 10.1080/14797585.2012.647749
dc.title Impossible Witness: Israeli Visuality, Palestinian Testimony and the Gaza War
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Stein, RL|0310682
pubs.begin-page 135
pubs.end-page 153
pubs.issue 2-3
pubs.organisational-group Cultural Anthropology
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 16
dc.identifier.eissn 1740-1666


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