Approximately 20 per cent of the country’s population, the Palestinian citizens of Israel (also known as Israeli Arabs) argue that they are discriminated against in many aspects of life. The media coverage of a recent road accident prompted a Palestinian blogger in Israel to comment.
Blogger The Other Door writes about the coverage, in a post called “Very Ordinary Racism”:
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The driver of the private car, a very ordinary Jewish man, and his friend, a very ordinary Arab, were killed in the accident in a very ordinary way. Five of the taxi passengers were moderately injured in a very ordinary way, and others were seriously injured in a very ordinary way. The taxi passengers were Jewish theatre actors, very ordinary.
After the street was cleaned of blood in a very ordinary way, the news spread throughout the media in a very ordinary way.
For example, on the Israeli Channel 10 news, a report of 7:34 minutes was broadcast about the accident, 1:08 minutes about the Jewish driver and his family, and the rest about the Israeli actress and her friends. As for the Arab who was killed they were content just to mention his name and that he was a lawyer who lived in Kiryat Shmona, very briefly showing a picture of him. It is no coincidence that I forgot his name immediately after the report had ended…