Framing the Palestinian-Israeli Representations in Western Media Discourse in the Aftermath of Trump's Declaration of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel


  • Baseel Al Bzour AABU
  • Maleeha Faisal Abu Anzeh AABU, Mafraq, Jordan



De-legitimizationPower, Critical Discourse Analysis, the Independent, Pragmatics, Semiotics.



This study aims at identifying the discursive practices in depicting the representations of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict within a ‘specialized corpus’, about seventy thousand words, from the Independent, a leading representative newspaper in the West, by adopting Critical Discourse Analysis, CDA, covering the period between December 2017 and January 2018. The texts of this corpus comprise a sample of articles which approached the subject of Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem to be the official capital of Israel. The study has fundamentally relied on various theoretical backgrounds related to CDA mainly stated by Fowler 1991, Fairclough 1995b, and Leeuwen 2008. The study showed that the Independent has used various discursive practices; calling the unmarked, belligerent rhetoric, down-grading techniques, euphemism, assimilation and stable mechanisms, to draw structural power relations between in-group American voice parallelized with Israeli voice and out-group Palestinian voice to delegitimize the Palestinians' sense of sovereignty of Jerusalem. The study concluded that the Independent is a conservative newspaper by virtue of the evident discursive strategies used by the newspaper.

Key Words: Palestinians, Israelis, De-legitimization, Power, Critical Discourse Analysis, the Independent, Pragmatics, Semiotics.



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