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Another Israeli Land Dispute

How to write a Mideast trend piece

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Bedouins in Al Araqib.(Rina Castelnuovo for The New York Times)

Yesterday, it was How To Write a Yiddish Trend Piece. Today’s lesson? How To Write a Mideast Trend Piece.

Headline implying this can all mostly be chalked up to the narcissism of small differences: Check.

Opening anecdote involving peaceful practice of benign religious ritual: Check.

“Then the bulldozers arrived at dawn”: Check.

Justify article by noting that this small conflict is in fact microcosmic of the larger one: Check.

Note that yet at the same time this one conflict is unique and idiosyncratic (in this case, the Arabs in question are Israeli Bedouins, not Palestinians): Check.

Quote Israeli spokesperson to the effect that Israel is acting within the law: Check.

Quote esteemed left-wing Israeli professor begrudgingly agreeing but nonetheless disagreeing with Israeli policy: Check.

Buttress that with prominent left-wing Israeli novelist (in this case, Amos Oz): Check.

Close on Jews and Muslims protesting Israeli policy together: Check.

A Test of Wills Over a Patch of Desert [NYT]
Earlier: A Settled Schtick

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Happy and Proud says:

Great! You only forgot to add the section where the ‘rich’ Israelis living nearby are contrasted with the ‘poor, noble, oppressed’ Arabs described in the piece, ignoring facts such as the Israeli village is permanent wheras the Arab settlement is not, the Israelis applied for and eventually received permits (and paid the cost and delay of such), the Israelis have a mortgage of hundreds of thousands of shekels, etc.

Perhaps we should draw up an outline of some other stories – Jews viciously murdered for no reason, farmers having livestock and equipment stolen by Bedouins, etc. and mae an effort to get these published as well.

Vincent Voiture~ Fortune is a great deceiver. She sells very dear the things she seems to give us.


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Another Israeli Land Dispute

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