Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land

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Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land
Directed bySut Jhally
Bathsheba Ratzkoff
Written bySut Jhally
Bathsheba Ratzkoff
StarringNoam Chomsky
Robert Jensen
Hanan Ashrawi
Robert Fisk
Distributed byMedia Education Foundation
Release date
  • 2004 (2004)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States

Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land is a 2004 documentary by Sut Jhally and Bathsheba Ratzkoff which—according to the film's official website—"provides a striking comparison of U.S. and international media coverage of the crisis in the Middle East, zeroing in on how structural distortions in U.S. coverage have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict" and which "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".[1][2] The film argues that the influence of pro-Israel media watchdog groups, such as CAMERA and Honest Reporting, has led to distorted and pro-Israel media reports.[3] It features Noam Chomsky, Robert Jensen, Hanan Ashrawi, Sam Husseini, and Robert Fisk, among others.[1][3]

In its response to the movie, the pro-Israel Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) criticized the film for not discussing the influence of "the numerous pro‐Palestinian media watchdog groups, including FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, which describes itself as 'A National Media Watch Group'), whose spokesperson played a prominent role in the film".[4]

A review in The New York Times by Ned Martel found that the film "largely ignores Palestinian leadership, which has surely played a part in the conflict's broken vows and broken hearts. And such a lack of dispassion weakens the one-sided film's bold and detailed argument".[5]

See also[edit]

The media
The conflict
Documentaries from the Israeli viewpoint


  1. ^ a b Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land Archived 2008-06-04 at the Wayback Machine. by the Media Education Foundation (Official website)
  2. ^ "Peace, Propaganda & the Promised Land (2004)", at IMDB
  3. ^ a b Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land Archived 2008-03-14 at the Wayback Machine. on Google Video
  4. ^ "Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land: A Critical Review and Analysis" (PDF). JCRC. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 10, 2006. Retrieved October 10, 2006.
  5. ^ Ned Martel, "Eager to Place the Blame for a Never-Ending Conflict" (review), The New York Times, January 28, 2005.