A clash-of-civilizations prism in German media? Documenting a shift from political to religious framing of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict

Esther Lopatin, Tal Samuel-Azran, Yair Galily

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Abstract

The impact of political events on media’s conflict coverage prism is widely established. To assess the role of mounting tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe in 2013–2014 on German media’s coverage prism of Muslim-related conflicts, this article compares coverage of the 2008 and 2014 Israeli military operations in Gaza by three major German newspapers. The empirical analysis indicates a dramatic rise in the use of religious terms in 2014, most notably in conservative newspaper Die Welt, and offers evidence of a shift from politics-centered framing of the 2008 Gaza operation to a more religious-centered framing of the 2014 Gaza War. We discuss wider implications of the findings, including their support for the relevance of the clash-of-civilizations theory to contemporary media’s conflict coverage modus operandi.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-34
Number of pages16
JournalCommunication and the Public
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clash of civilizations
  • Die Welt
  • Gaza
  • Huntington
  • Israel
  • Palestinians

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