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“Palestinians Have a Right to Defend Themselves” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for Jacobin

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

“Everywhere in the media and in the halls of power, we hear that Israel has a right to self-defense. But when it comes to the question of whether Palestinians suffering under brutal occupation have the right to defend themselves, those same voices are conspicuously silent.”

Read the article here.

“The Weapons Industry Doesn’t Care Who’s President” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for the Nation

Friday, October 30th, 2020

CEOs of arms manufacturers and their investors are confident about their prospects, regardless of which candidate wins the election.

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“The Last Thing Libya Needs Is an Intensification of a U.S. Proxy War” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for In These Times

Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

We must stop our government from treating Libya like its own private battleground.

Read the article here.

“Israel’s Annexation Plan Is the Latest Stage in a Long History of Violent Dispossession” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for Jacobin

Monday, July 20th, 2020
Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has missed its first deadline for annexing part of the West Bank, but this Trump-backed scheme for land theft is still firmly on the table. The goal of Netanyahu and his US sponsors is simple: they want to liquidate Palestinian national aspirations.

Read the article here.

“Do we really want a new Cold War with China? Mainstream media thinks so” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for Salon

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

Corporate media is laying the ideological groundwork for a new cold war with China, presenting the nation as a hostile power that needs to be kept in check.

Read the full article here.

“In Run-Up to Election, Both Parties Blame China and Offer Little” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak interviewed on By Any Means Necessary

Thursday, May 21st, 2020
In this episode of By Any Means Necessary hosts Sean Blackmon and Jacquie Luqman are joined by Greg Shupak, media studies teacher at the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and author of the book, “The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media,” to talk about his new article on FAIR, “Corporate Media Setting Stage for New Cold War With China,” the ongoing attempt by the Trump administration to shift the blame for the pandemic to China and the World Health Organization, and where Mitt Romney’s recent op-ed painting China as “uniquely predatory” fits into the centuries-long history of ‘yellow peril’ racism in the US.

Listen to the full interview here.

“Israel Is Involving Itself in Libya’s Civil War. Why?” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak interviewed on The Real News Network

Monday, May 4th, 2020

“US sanctions are devastating in ordinary times. But with the COVID-19 pandemic raging, they’re killing more people than ever.” — THE WRONG STORY author Greg Shupak writes for Jacobin

Monday, March 30th, 2020

US Sanctions Must End Now

Sanctions are war. They may not instantly shred flesh the way bombs and bullets do, but they kill and maim nonetheless.

Subjecting people to such cruelties is indefensible in ordinary times: in the pre-COVID-19 world, America’s economic warfare was killing cancer patients in Iran, keeping Syrian children with cancer from getting necessary medicines, and, according to an estimate by two US economists, killing perhaps forty thousand Venezuelans. But collectively punishing entire populations during a global pandemic is perhaps an even more ruthless form of barbarism.

Read the full op-ed here.

“Omnipresent are the prison guard towers, the barbed wire, the Israeli soldiers with their massive guns and the separation wall” —Greg Shupak, author of THE WRONG STORY, writing in The Electronic Intifada

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Attacking Palestine’s future

Traveling across Palestine, as I did to give lectures earlier this year, means following a perpetually fresh trail of repression.

Omnipresent are the prison guard towers, the barbed wire, the Israeli soldiers with their massive guns and the separation wall.

The day before an event at which I was speaking in Beit Sahour, a small town adjacent to Bethlehem, residents held a funeral for Sajid Mizher, a 17-year-old volunteer medic Israeli soldiers had just shot dead in Dheisheh refugee camp despite his wearing an identifying vest.

The night before my talk at Birzeit University near Ramallah, a group of undercover Israeli forces broke into its campus and kidnapped three Palestinian students.

Persecuting students in this manner is part of a larger pattern as is Israel’s routine killing and maiming of Palestinian children, 44 of whom it shot on 25 October in Gaza.

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” The Western ruling class both controls the media and is deeply invested in Israeli settler-colonial capitalism but has no comparable interests in Palestinian liberation.”—an excerpt from The Wrong Story by Greg Shupak in Mondoweiss

Monday, August 12th, 2019

News media’s ‘both sides’ framing distorts events in Israel’s favor

The first Times editorial on Protective Edge was on July 7th 2014 and, in assessing responsibility for the violence, it deploys the “both sides” frame. The article discusses the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinians in the West Bank and the subsequent kidnapping and killing of a Palestinian teenager by Israelis. The editors write that these incidents could lead to a full-blown war and that “It is the responsibility of leaders on both sides” to stop that from happening. The editors then assert that the “hostilities and recriminations began with the kidnapping and murder” of the three Israeli teenagers. The claim that this round of antagonisms “began” with the abduction of the Israeli youth is dubious even if one sets aside the broader context of Israeli colonialism in which these events played out.

Read the full excerpt here.

“The repression of BDS shows how the American and Israeli ruling classes are deeply enmeshed” –GREG SHUPAK, author of THE WRONG STORY: PALESTINE, ISRAEL, AND THE MEDIA for In These Times

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Greg Shupak on how the repression of BDS shows just how deeply enmeshed the the American and Israeli ruling classes really are

The first bill to be considered by the 2019 U.S. Senate defends Israel by giving American state and local governments the legal authority to punish U.S. companies that are participating in the Palestinian-led boycott against Israel. According to the legal advocacy organization Palestine Legal, 26 states have adopted anti-boycott measures. The federal bill strengthens the legal basis to defend those Israel-protecting laws from constitutional challenges.

Alarmingly, the bill could be used to punish individuals, given that, as The Intercept recently explained, because “individual contractors often work for state or local governments under the auspices of a sole proprietorship or some other business entity.”

The bill would also codify a 2016 deal between the Obama administration and the Netanyahu government guaranteeing Israel $38 billion in “security” assistance over 10 years, a provision that would undermine any current or future president’s ability to undo the arrangement. Such a move would hamstring what passes for American democracy by obstructing the population’s ability to stop participating in the mass murder of Palestinian civilians should it wish to do so.

Observers could be forgiven for wondering why the U.S. government goes to these lengths to suppress support for Palestinian liberation. In the following essay adapted from my book, The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, & The Media, I explain why the U.S.-Israeli alliance is so deep and durable.

Read the full article here.

“A fake “balance” between Palestinians and Israelis is a “balance” that favors Israel.” – GREG SHUPAK writing in FAIR

Thursday, October 25th, 2018

Since the Palestinians’ Great Return March began on March 30, Israel has killed 217 Palestinians in Gaza, 163 of whom were participating in the demonstrations. Among the dead are 33 children, three paramedics and four people with disabilities; Israel has injured a further 11,155 Palestinians, many of whom will be maimed for life.

Read the full review here.


Monday, October 15th, 2018

In the third segment “By Any Means Necessary” is joined by Dr. Greg Shupak teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto to talk about his new book “The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media”, the reasons why the media is pro-Israel, the biggest fallacies around the Israeli Occupation of Palestine, and the role of US imperialism in advancing Israeli political and economic goals..

Listen to the full interview here.

“An accurate telling of the Israel-Palestine conflict would tell of Israel violently colonizing Palestine with US support.”- read an excerpt from THE WRONG STORY in Jacobin

Monday, October 1st, 2018

To understand why Western news outlets proffer narratives about Palestine-Israel that favor Israel, it is necessary to consider these media outlets’ political function. Joseph Uscinski explains that, “There is no doubt that systemic economic forces such as the need to sell advertising space and manage expenditures, determine the actions of news firms.”

Read the full excerpt here.

“An important book… penetrates the haze of political bombast and corporate bullshit.” – THE WRONG STORY reviewed in ColdType

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

We’ve been swamped by dire warnings about fake news and its threat to democracy over the past couple of years, the phenomenon being variously attributed to alternative web sites, Twitter feeds, and Facebook postings made by dastardly agents employed by Vladimir Putin…

Read the full review here.

“An incisive and in many ways groundbreaking critique of the dominant media narrative.” – THE WRONG STORY reviewed in The Electronic Intifada

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Why is it that the mainstream media in the US and other Western countries consistently frame the Palestinian liberation struggle as a “conflict” in which “both sides” share the blame, particularly because “extremists” undermine “moderates”? Why does this media unfailingly assert Israel’s “right to self-defense” even in the face of unarmed protests such as the recent Great March of Return in Gaza that in some instances pitted rocks and burning kites against modern weaponry?

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“Israeli “self-defense” against Palestinians is logically impossible.” – read an excerpt from THE WRONG STORY at The Electronic Intifada

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

News media outlets frequently present outbreaks of large-scale violence in Palestine-Israel in terms of “Israel’s right to defend itself.” This narrative says that whatever Israel may be guilty of, the state is justified in using military force to respond to Palestinian attacks.

But such media narratives about Israel’s “right to defend itself” mislead readers by ignoring the permanent violence of Israel’s colonization of Palestine and the aggressive pursuit of ethnic supremacy that this colonization entails.

Read the full article here.

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