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Headlines from the Holy Land

Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Authors: Rodgers, James

  • Draws on the author’s unique experience as the only BBC journalist to be permanently based in Gaza from 2002-2004, and combines historical and contemporary perspectives on this ongoing struggle
  • This book has a broad interdisciplinary reach, and suitable for students and scholars across journalism, media, political science, IR and Middle Eastern studies
  • The Israel-Palestinian conflict remains a salient topic, which, coupled with the book’s accessible and eloquent writing style, will be of general interest to anyone interested in the region, and conflict zone reportage
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About this book

Tied by history, politics, and faith to all corners of the globe, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fascinates and infuriates people across the world. Based on new archive research and original interviews, Headlines from the Holy Land explains why this fiercely contested region exerts such a pull over leading correspondents and diplomats.

About the authors

James Rodgers is an author and journalist. His previous books are Reporting Conflict (2012) and No Road Home: Fighting for Land and Faith in Gaza (2013). A former BBC correspondent in Moscow, Brussels, and Gaza, James lectures in Journalism at City University London, UK.

Reviews

"At a time when reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is under unprecedented scrutiny, James Rodgers provides an essential and insightful historical perspective on the long "war of words" behind a major conflict of our time. Rodgers' book is essential reading for those seeking a greater understanding of the difficult dynamics behind reporting - and resolving conflicts." - Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent, BBC News

"Headlines from The Holy Land is an impressively, innovative form of history as media history, looking at one of the most complex stories of our age through the imperfect, shifting but revelatory perspectives of the many journalists who covered this often compelling tale as it unfolded, from its 1946 roots through the various wars and propaganda battles fought in the streets of Gaza or the networks of social media. James Rodgers is an insightful, empathetic and rigorous guide to how journalism struggled often heroically to tell one of the most brutal and difficult of international stories." - Charlie Beckett, Director, Polis, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics, UK

"James Rodgers is honestly direct about the challenges and pressures that makes reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unique amongst the myriad of crises faced by international journalists; something he was uniquely placed to do as the only western correspondent based in the Gaza Strip in the tumultuous years immediately after 9/11. But what makes this book so refreshing and incisive is that this account of reporting on this most intractable yet consequential conflict is the work of someone with the benefit of having been an experienced foreign correspondent but who now writes with the rigour of an academic's eye on how our world is reported. In doing so, Rodgers leaves very few stones unturned, from the war over terminology and language, to the increasing role of religion in a crisis centred on the small area brimful of contested holy sites and he has framed it in a way that has context, careful analysis and is accessible to all those who either want to understand how this war which continues to have a major international impact is reported and to those who want to report it themselves." - Rageh Omaar, International Affairs Editor, ITV News

"Reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict often generates as much controversy as the issue itself. James Rodger's book is rare for approaching the subject of how the story has been told by Western journalists over the decades, with an open mind and an academic rigour. It combines detailed research and candid insights from many of the region's seasoned correspondents with an accessible style that keep the pages turning. With so many thoroughly biased self-appointed media watch dogs out there it's freshening to read something that genuinely attempts to tackle the job of reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with intelligent thoughtfulness." - Paul Danahar, author of The New Middle East: the world after the Arab Spring

"The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has been more intensively covered by the media, and for a longer period, than any other in recent times. In this fascinating book, James Rodgers tells us the story of the story. He shows how, as the struggle came to be as much about meaning, language, and perception as about bullets, bombs, or negotiations, reporters were under constant pressure from two sides seeking to control the narrative to their own advantage. He shows, too, how they brought their own prejudices and national viewpoints to the story, and how, nevertheless, good reporting did emerge and was, as it remains, vital in sustaining what informed public opinion there is on the dire state of affairs in the Holy Land of the title." - Martin Woollacott, commentator on international affairs and former Foreign Editor, The Guardian

"An important and necessary book." - Patrick Cockburn, The Independent


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Hardcover £25.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-39512-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Headlines from the Holy Land
Book Subtitle
Reporting the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Authors
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-39513-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137395139
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-39512-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-56249-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 215
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