The Limits of Media Sympathy

July 5, 2010 at 05:40 Leave a comment

On June 26 2006, Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas in a cross-border raid into Israeli territory. Since then, he’s been kept imprisoned in the Gaza Strip with no contact what so ever with his family or even representatives from the Red Cross.

It’s been more than four years.

The Shalit family has done just about anything to secure the release of their son, but so far to no avail. In a last-ditch attempt to secure a deal between the government and the kidnappers, they’ve organized a march from their home in the north all the way to Jerusalem. There, Noam and Aviva Shalit have pledged to camp out in the political center of the nation until Gilad will return home.

The media has been very sympathetic to the plight of the Shalit family from the very beginning. Various outlets have extensively covered the struggle for Gilad’s release, including this last initiative. Every day since the march left for Jerusalem last week, there have been items in the papers and on television talking about various aspects of Gilad’s captivity, political and psychological implications and what must be done to bring him back home.

That is until today.

Today the march will reach Tel Aviv, and all of a sudden it’s treated as a traffic problem.


Entry filed under: Media.

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