As readers may be aware, on July 4th the Israeli prime minister embarked on an official visit to four countries in Africa.
The BBC News website’s Middle East page published two articles on that topic: “Israel’s Netanyahu in Entebbe to mark hostage-rescue anniversary” and, in the ‘Features’ section, “Netanyahu in Entebbe: A personal journey amid a diplomatic push” by defence and diplomatic correspondent Jonathan Marcus.
Both those reports include features made no less noteworthy by their predictability.
In Marcus’ article readers found context-free amplification of the narrative of ‘occupation’.
“A whole combination of factors prompted a souring of ties between Israel and African capitals between 1966 and 1973.
There was Israel’s occupation of territory captured in the 1967 Six Day War. There was growing pressure from Arab states and, by the Middle East War in 1973, the oil weapon was a potent tool.”
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