A Critical Discourse Analysis of Al Jazeera’s Reporting of the 2021 Israel-Palestine Crisis





Al Jazeera network, corpus analysis, critical discourse analysis, ideological square, 2021 Israel-Palestine crisis


This study is a critical discourse analysis of news coverage of the 2021 Israel-Palestine crisis as reported by Al Jazeera English. In this corpus-based study, 50 news reports were analysed using Van Dijk’s ‘ideological square’ as the theoretical framework. The findings suggest that the Al Jazeera reporters reflected their personal ideology in their lexical choices, or lexicalisation, displaying either a positive or negative stance towards the crisis, with Palestinians being the ‘in-group’ and Israelis the ‘out-group’. The news reporters also framed the Palestinians—‘us’—as the innocent victims of colonisation, while the ‘other’ Israelis were negatively represented as victimisers, racists, and colonisers through an emphasis on syntactic agency. One key observation is that the Al Jazeera reporters emphasised the Palestinian narrative while also radiating personal feelings and attitudes towards the crisis. At the same time, the Israelis were silenced and derogatorily portrayed

Author Biography

Hanan Ali Amaireh, Philadelphia University, Jordan

Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics

Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Arts

Philadelphia University, Jordan

Email: hamaireh@philadelphia.edu.jo /  Hanan83_ali@yahoo.com


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Date of Publication

2023-10-05 — Updated on 2024-01-02

How to Cite

Amaireh, H. A. (2024). A Critical Discourse Analysis of Al Jazeera’s Reporting of the 2021 Israel-Palestine Crisis. International Journal of Arabic-English Studies, 24(1), 21–40. https://doi.org/10.33806/ijaes.v24i1.559



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