Without explicitly referencing the so-called Dahiya doctrine, Israel accompanied its summer 2014 onslaught against Gaza with a formidable media campaign of vilification and dehumanization, which enabled it to prosecute Operation Protective Edge with minimal criticism. Despite repeatedly violating the norms of international law, Israel portrayed itself as facing a near-existential threat from Palestinians who, in turn, were characterized as irrational actors and blamed for their own deaths. Israel's discursive dominance resulted from the failure of an official Palestinian media strategy and from the news media's reticence to question Israel's actions or challenge its narrative.
Blaming the Victims
Diana Buttu is a Canadian-Palestinian human rights lawyer and analyst based in Palestine. A legal adviser to Palestinian negotiators in 2000–2005, she has also been a joint fellow with both the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center and the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. She is a frequent commentator on Palestinian affairs and has appeared on major international news outlets including BBC, Al Jazeera, and CNN, among others.
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Diana Buttu; Blaming the Victims. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 November 2014; 44 (1): 91–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2014.44.1.91
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