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“The political and economic assault on Iran, as well as any military attack against it, should one materialize, is not only a war for Iran’s future. It is a war for the entire region.” —Greg Shupak, author of THE WRONG STORY

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Greg Shupak, author of The Wrong Story, in an article for The Electronic Intifada

Reports suggest that the proposal involves the “enshrining of Israeli control of disputed territory” as well as denying Palestinian claims to sovereignty, the right of Palestinian refugees to return and offering Palestinians only non-contiguous territory.

The plan involves trying to bribe sectors of Palestinian society into accepting it with funds that the US is hoping will largely come from the US-allied governments in the region. And the UAE and Saudi Arabia, have been pressuring the Palestinian Authority into accepting the ludicrously unfair deal so that the Palestinian issue will disappear and the anti-Iran axis – bringing together the US, Israel and the Gulf states – can be fully consummated.

Another manifestation of this anti-Iran alliance is Israel’s support for the attack on Yemen by a coalition involving the US, Saudi Arabia, the UK, the UAE and Canada – a war that is ostensibly aimed at Iran’s purported Houthi allies and that has left the country suffering the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

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“ What Israel subjects Palestinians to is permanent violence” —Greg Shupak, author of THE WRONG STORY in an interview for The Ossington Circle

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

Justin Podur interviews Greg Shupak about his book The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media

JUSTIN PODUR: Greg is the author of The Wrong Story: Israel, Palestine, and the Media. It’s a book about the propaganda surrounding the Israel/Palestine conflict, and I’m really excited to have Greg here, so thank you, Greg, for coming.

GREG SHUPAK: I really appreciate your having me.

PODUR:Okay, so let’s just, I wanna know- I know I’ve written about this a lot, you’ve written about this a lot; what motivated you to get- what’s the story of this book, The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media.

SHUPAK: Yeah, well, I started writing some of the, I guess, contours of what would become the chapters during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014, and then, you know I just was able to identify that some of the frames that the media was using to cover the Palestinian issue persisted beyond what happened in the summer of 2014. And so, I thought that it was worth investigating how widespread these misleading media tropes about Palestine are, and then I thought it might be useful to attempt to explain why I think they’re misleading, and debunk them, if you will. I hope that it would be of interest to people who don’t know the subject particularly well, and at the some time I would hope that it offers some insights that people who do know the subject well find revealing and useful analytically, and perhaps even politically.

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“My point is that the problems with the media are institutional and this goes far beyond their misrepresentation of Palestine-Israel.” — Greg Shupak, author of THE WRONG STORY during an interview for Black Agenda Report

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

Greg Shupak discusses THE WRONG STORY in an interview for Black Agenda Report.

ROBERTO SIRVENT: We know readers will learn a lot from your book, but what do you hope readers will un-learn? In other words, is there a particular ideology you’re hoping to dismantle?

GREG SHUPAK: I hope that my book will help readers un-learn the ideologies of imperialism, colonialism, settler-colonialism, and capitalism. I seek to facilitate that by chronicling three commonplace stories about Palestine-Israel that are told in the media and demonstrating that each of these narratives is profoundly flawed: that “both sides” have suffered and are responsible for the absence of peace to comparable extents; that “extremists,” mostly from the Palestinian camp, need to be marginalized so that “moderates” can be empowered; that Israel has a “right to defend itself.” Instead of these approaches, I contend, Palestine-Israel should be presented as a story about one people colonizing another with the assistance of the world’s sole superpower and, prior to that, of its British precursor; given those dynamics, a more accurate accounting of Palestine-Israel would recognize the qualitative differences and causal relationship between mass Israeli violence in pursuit of subjugating Palestinians and stealing their land and Palestinian resistance that sometimes includes armed struggle, the right to which Palestinians are guaranteed under international law. Ideally, the book will encourage readers to think in similar terms about comparable issues that are beyond its immediate scope such as the colonization of the indigenous populations of the Americas.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Greg Shupak, author of “The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media,” joins the show to discuss his book that sharply critiques how establishment and left-of-center media cover the Israeli military occupation.

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“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.

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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..

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“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 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.

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GREG SHUPAK on the closure of the Gaza-Egypt border at Gorilla Radio

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Israel announced Monday it will seal the Kerem Shalom commercial border crossing between Gaza and Egypt. This means Gazans, already suffering a health emergency due to the dozen years-long siege of the refugee enclave, will be subject to even greater privations. Israel’s actions fly in the face of World opinion, and repeated rulings by the United Nations, who released a report last year saying conditions in Gaza are degrading at a rate to make the Strip “unlivable” by 2020.

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GREG SHUPAK discusses mainstream media coverage of Israel’s oppression of the Palestinians on People’s Republic

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

The Democratic Party is attacking Donald Trump’s foreign policy from a position far to the right of Trump’s own “fire and fury” position. Why are the Democrats advocating for nuclear confrontation, and what are the facts on the ground from the Singapore summit? Later, we talk about a new Amnesty International condemnation of the United States’ massive infliction of civilian casualties in Raqqa. We are joined by Walter Smolarek, an analyst for Sputnik News; and Dr. Greg Shupak, author of the book The Wrong Story: Israel, Palestine, and the Media.

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“There’s real support for a binational state in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. You wouldn’t know it from the media” – GREG SHUPAK in Salon

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine — the land that includes Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza — living in one, binational country, where everyone has equal rights and political matters are settled on the basis of one person, one vote. This arrangement differs from the two-state solution, which would partition historic Palestine into two states divided along ethno-religious lines, and contrasts with present conditions, in which Palestinians live as second-class citizens inside Israel, and under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza — the last of which is subject to a merciless siege.

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How the media denies Palestinians their humanity – GREG SHUPAK in Middle East Eye

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Since the Great Return March demonstrations began on 30 March, Israel has killed at least 116 Palestinians in Gaza and injured thousands more while shooting at unarmed protesters.

Israel has used bullets that leave “unusually severe wounds to the lower extremities… [and] an extreme level of destruction to bones and soft tissue”, according to Doctors Without Borders. Israel’s most egregious attacks on unarmed protesters came on 14 May, when its forces killed 62 Palestinians…

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Media Tells Wrong Story About Palestine – GREG SHUPAK interviewed at Talk Nation Radio

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Greg Shupak is the author of The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel, and the Media, which can be purchased on the website of OR Books. He has a PhD in Literary Studies and teaches Media Studies at the University of Guelph in Toronto. His fiction has appeared in a wide range of literary journals and he regularly writes analysis of politics and media for a variety of outlets including Electronic Intifada, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, In These Times, Jacobin, Literary Review of Canada, Middle East Eye, TeleSUR, This Magazine, and Warscapes…

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“Greg Shupak’s book resonates with clarity” – THE WRONG STORY reviewed in Middle East Monitor

Monday, May 28th, 2018

“The stories told about Palestine-Israel are as notable for what they exclude as they are for what they include.” This is an apt introduction to the three main narratives discussed in Greg Shupak’s book, “The Wrong Story. Palestine, Israel and the Media” (OR Books, 2018). It is imbued with meanings and not necessarily as straightforward as one would think upon first reading. Exclusion and inclusion, within the mainstream media context, are not juxtaposed against each other. On the contrary, both exclusion and inclusion operate within the parameters of projection; namely the attribution of violence to Palestinians by eliminating the historical and political framework.

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What’s happening in Gaza? – GREG SHUPAK interviewed at A Correction podcast

Thursday, May 24th, 2018

In this episode Lev speaks with Greg Shupak about the recent events in Gaza. They discuss the goals of the demonstrators and the Israeli government, the economics of Gaza, and what it means to manufacture consent.

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“For seventy years, Israeli violence has permeated every aspect of Palestinians’ lives” – GREG SHUPAK writes for Jacobin

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

n May 14,1948, seventy years ago, Israel issued its “declaration of independence.” Since then, every May 15 has been Nakba Day, when Palestinians mark the ethnic cleansing of their people entailed by the creation of Israel. This Nakba Day will feature the culmination of the Great Return March, when Palestinians will march en masse to the fence Israel erected to separate Gaza and Israel and say that they intend to try to pass through the barrier. As of this writing, Israel has already killed at least 52 Palestinian demonstrators in what Amnesty International has called “an abhorrent violation of international law,” involving “what appear to be willful killings constituting war crimes.”

Like other settler colonial states, Israel aims to asphyxiate the socially reproductive capacities of the indigenous populations it seeks to dominate. That imperative is particularly urgent in the Israeli case, where the Jewish and non-Jewish populations under the state’s control are of comparable size and the land in question is relatively small. This discriminatory denial of rights extends to Palestinians across the globe, whether they live as second-class citizens of Israel, under occupation, in the diaspora or in refugees camps. All are prevented from returning to their homes through the use of violence and with decisive help from the US.

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“Highly relevant and necessary” – THE WRONG STORY: PALESTINE, ISRAEL, & THE MEDIA reviewed at The New Arab

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Greg Shupak is an academic and writer, who’s used to going against the grain, having written for the Electronic Intifada, Jacobin and other alternative media outlets.

It is therefore, no surprise that he seeks to put the record straight on Israel and Palestine and offer an alternative account to the one you might find in the mainstream media.

Shupak says that the story we are fed by the corporate media of today is “the wrong story”, which is exactly what the book, published by OR Books, is called’ ‘The Wrong Story: Palestine, Israel and the Media’.

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GREG SHUPAK, author of THE WRONG STORY on the media’s bizarre focus on Palestinian ‘violence’ at FAIR

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Corporate media help set the terms of debate about the issues they cover by pointing toward specific sets of questions and ignoring others. When news outlets highlight particular points of contention, they encourage audiences to see these as the central aspects of the story and discourage consideration of other facets of the topic. Recent reporting on the Palestinians’ Great Return March offers a case study in how news media establish truncated, distorted parameters of discussion.

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“The US is not at all interested in the welfare of the Syrian people ”: GREG SHUPAK interviewed at FAIR Counterspin

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

Janine Jackson: Talking about Syria, it seems, is not so much having a conversation as occupying a narrative. Either Syria’s president, Bashar al-Assad, is the sole source of Syria’s pain, those who oppose him represent the true will of the Syrian people and critical outsiders are benighted; or Assad, though flawed, represents the people’s will, the rebels are if anything more cruel, and backed by foreigners to boot. Because the US lies, Russia cannot be lying—or else vice versa.

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GREG SHUPAK, author of THE WRONG STORY discusses US military intervention in Syria at FAIR Counterspin

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

This week on CounterSpin: The United States military is, at any given moment, visiting lethal violence on human beings—with families, and hopes and dreams—in a range of countries around the world. Media coverage is a sort of roving spotlight, highlighting one or another of those nightmares, and enjoining the US public to care about it, for a minute, and in a particular way, even if they haven’t heard much about it until now, and might stop hearing about it next week.

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Media’s Linguistic Gymnastics Mislead on Gaza Protests – GREG SHUPAK in FAIR

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

As Adam Johnson (, 4/9/18) writes, media have engaged in extraordinary mental gymnastics to describe the Israeli military’s deliberate killing of Palestinian protesters in the Great Return March, framing long-distance sniper shootings as “clashes” in order to misleadingly “give the reader the impression of two equal warring sides.

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GREG SHUPAK in Jacobin on Trump’s announcement that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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