This thesis is an exploratory study of the representation of the city of Jerusalem in
the British broadsheet Press. It examines the published material of three dailies: The
Times, the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph over thirty -three years. The material is
analysed qualitatively and quantitatively according to various events.
The comparison in the thesis is made horizontally and vertically, that is, across the
newspapers and over time. The reporting of news about the city and the conflict over
it is interpreted as a pattern, the dynamics of change are monitored and the main
trends are highlighted.
This study shows that Jerusalem was brought to the news media only by the actors in
the conflict over the city. In an examination of what was and was not reported, the
study explores the areas of interest and priorities of each newspaper. From a scrutiny
of the material published about certain events (covering peace, war, diplomatic crisis
and popular uprising), the study discusses the types of presentation of the city made
available to the newspapers' readership. It examines the portrayal of the identity
given to the city and the depiction of the actors in the conflict in all three
newspapers, as well as the range of interpretations of the events reported.
The research demonstrates that various factors affected news production, including
the selection and framing of news. These factors could be organizational,
professional or external.
Chapter One of the thesis looks at the presentation of the city during and after the
Six -Day War in June 1967, when Israel occupied East Jerusalem. It examines the
coverage by the three newspapers of the events at that time and compares their
Chapter Two analyses the material published by the newspapers on the diplomatic
crisis over Jerusalem. In particular, it covers the content and effects of the Basic Law
passed by the Israeli Knesset in 1980, in which Israel officially annexed East
Jerusalem and declared the whole city to be its capital.
Chapter Three examines the presentation of two particularly important events in
2000: the Camp David Peace Summit II and the Second Intifada.
Chapter Four provides a quantitative analysis of the material published during the
whole period under examination.
Chapter Five highlights the main trends in the selection and framing of news about
Jerusalem. It focuses on the characterization of the city and its identity as an area of
diversity among the newspapers.
Chapter Six discusses the factors resulting in the consensus and diversity among the
The study concludes that further investigation needs to be made into the factors
influencing the presentation of Jerusalem. This research is the initial stage in
developing an understanding of an interesting area in the creation of news about a
very complicated issue.