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Fake News! The View from Israel’s Military Occupation
Thursday, April 18, 2019

This paper studies the impact of new photographic technologies and image-sharingplatforms on the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories. Taking its cuefrom Trumpian political discourse, I focus on the right-wing Jewish Israeli reckoning withthe growing visual archive of Palestinian injury at Israeli state or settler hands – areckoning that occurs through the discourse of “fake news,” or the charge that such imagesare fraudulent or manipulated in some regard to produce the damning portrait of Israel. Iwill trace the long colonial history of repudiation in the Israeli context, its modification inthe digital age, and consider the ways it has become an increasingly standard right-wingresponse to images of state violence believed to damage Israel’s global standing. I willargue that the fraudulence charge is marshalled as a solution to the viral visibility of Israelistate violence -- a charge that works to bring these damning images back in line withdominant Israeli ideology by shifting the narrative from Palestinian injury to Israelivictimhood. The story of the “fake” image of Palestinian injury endeavors to strip the visualfield of its Israeli perpetrators and Palestinian victims, thereby exonerating the state. Orsuch is the fantasy.

Time: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Sponsor: Anthropology Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Experimental Humanities Program; Human Rights Project; Jewish Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins.
E-mail: sstamato@bard.edu
Phone: 845-758-7201

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