The Pallywood Phenomenon

Pallywood, a term coined by Richard Landes combining “Palestinian” and “Hollywood,” refers to incidents staged by Palestinian journalists for the Western media and often in cooperation with their camera crews in order to create anti-Israel propaganda cleverly presented to the world as factual news.



These “news pieces” present the Palestinians as victims of Israeli aggression in which the Israelis are overwhelmingly powerful yet the Palestinians bravely fight against them despite the odds. Pallywood news pieces have been very successful due to the eagerness of the Western media to present these fabricated, heroic underdog story-lines with their accompanying emotionally charged imagery.

The fact that Pallywood pieces are accepted as fact without question and presented as “news” by journalists is an alarming indication of deteriorating journalistic ethical standards. This section goes into detail on the Pallywood phenomenon and presents articles on the topic.