Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’

Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’
Rick Steves

I’ve been duped. Do you know the frustration you feel when you believed in something strongly and then you realize that the information that made you believe was from a source with an agenda to deceive? … My understanding of the struggles in the Middle East has been skewed by most of our mainstream media. I saw how coverage of the Israeli/Palestinian problem is brilliantly controlled and shaped. I pride myself in understanding how the media works … and I find I’ve been bamboozled … Most of the time we only hear one viewpoint when it comes to the interminable struggle in the Holy Land.

‘I’ve Been Duped’: Travel Guide Rick Steves Says US Media Blacks Out Israeli Occupation
Annie Robbins – Mondoweiss

Rick Steves watched “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land” and had an epiphany, he has seen the light. If you happen to be one of the 3.5 people in America who have never heard of Rick Steves watch this “60 Minutes” episode. He’s huge, the only famous American tour guide … Can’t get much more mainstream than that. He’s the all-American boy (that’s how he strikes this California girl anyway). So imagine my surprise when I read his recent article on Huffington Post, “Reflections on Israel and Palestine.”

Peace, Propaganda, And The Promised Land
Media Education Foundation – Video

Through the voices of scholars, media critics, peace activists, religious figures, and Middle East experts, “Peace, Propaganda, & the Promised Land: U.S. Media and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict ,” carefully analyzes and explains how — through the use of language, framing and context — the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza remains hidden in the news media, and Israeli colonization of the occupied territories appears to be a defensive move rather than an offensive one. This 2003 video presentation shows how American public perceptions about the Middle East are manipulated. Runtime: 79 mins.


Valentino’s Ghost (new documentary about US media coverage of the Arab/Muslim world):


Ralph Nader on Gaza: The World’s Largest Open-Air Gulag

The (Israeli) General’s Son:

Israeli General Son’s Speech for Palestine Awareness Week at SDSU:
Has The Zionist Inquisition Come to These Shores? By Miko Peled
 Take Action: House Vote as Early as Tomorrow to Expand U.S.-Israeli Military Ties

Speech by the General himself:

Matti Peled in San Francisco May 1992


Faith in Action:Israel walls off Lebanon, Egypt

 Why children are the first casualties of war in Gaza
Israel Attacks Gaza, Silence from Mainstream Media about Israeli Violations of International Law
Israel’s Attempt to Arrest 2 year old Palestinian Child

Palestinian Prisoners Launch Massive Hunger Strike in Israeli Jails

Some 1,200 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have reportedly begun an open-ended hunger strike. An additional 2,300 declared they would not eat for one day as Palestinians mark Prisoners’ Day. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports the hunger strikers are protesting against what they call “humiliating” measures in Israeli prisons, including strip searches of visiting family members and night searches of prison cells, as well as the jailing of many prisoners without trial. Several Palestinians are already on extended hunger strikes, including Tair Halala and Balal Diab who have not eaten for 48 days. Khader Adnan, a Palestinian who ended a 66-day hunger strike in February, is due to be released from prison today.

Israeli interrogators ‘in Iraq

Jeff Halper: Is the Two-State Solution Dead?:

Let’s say it clearly and categorically: the two-state solution is dead. If the possibility ever genuinely existed—a subject historians are welcome to debate—it is gone as a political option. We should even stop talking about it because constant reference to an irrelevant “solution” only confuses the more:

US is the only nation to vote against a UN probe of Israeli settlements


Paul Findley Commentary: A fundamental change in who we are

“60 Minutes” exposes the real problem, Israel
Such support for Israel’s brutal oppression of the Palestinians got the US tragically attacked on 9/11 (and earlier at the World Trade Center in 1993 as James Bamford conveys in his ‘A Pretext for War’ book – simply look up ‘Israel as a terrorist’s motivation’ in the index):
What Motivated the 9/11 Hijackers? See testimony most didn’t!:
Read Los Angeles Times article near top of
9/11 Motive and Media Betrayal:

Surprises in the Israeli-Iranian Duel
By Patrick Seale

Listen to former Israel minister mention how the ‘anti-Semitic trick’ is used in following video:

“It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)

6 Responses to “Reflections on Israel and Palestine: ‘I’ve Been Duped’”

  • Ron says:

    Calling people anti-semitic is not a trick, I would not classify it as a trick, but more of a shield to hide their nasty little ways of doing things. They are calling the USS Liberty survivors anti-semitic. and some of us who are survivors were among the most trusted in the U S Navy, carrying Top Secret clearances which were not given away to just anyone. This is how low our government has sunk, and so if I am anti-semitic then I must hate myself. I don’t think so.

    Never forget, ” A nation that forgets its warriors, will soon be forgotten itself”. We are entering that catagory without a doubt.

  • Patriot says:

    Ron, that is exactly what the former Israeli minister is conveying via that youtube linked above and below again for your reference!:

    “It’s a Trick, We Always Use It.” (calling people “anti-Semitic”)

    Just saw the following youtube of you too:

    A Survivor of the USS Liberty Speaks Out – Ron Kukal

    Following ‘Russia Today’ (RT) segment by friend Jihan Hafiz is a must watch as well (won’t see any segment like that in US media):

    USS Liberty Israeli’s Forgotten Crime

    Even Cindy McCain (who bills herself as being such a stauch supporter of US military veterans via which she is associated with as well doesn’t care about Israel murdering/maiming American sailors and marines on the USS Liberty apparent because her husband and his admiral Father have been involved with the cover-up as conveyed via the links at the following URL):

    Cindy McCain on the USS LIBERTY COVERUP: “I don’t care about this issue.”

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