Publish It Not: The Middle East Cover-Up

Michael Adams & Christopher Mayhew


“Over the past half-century, and particularly since 1967, a deliberate and generally successful attempt has been made to cover up the truth about Palestine, with damaging consequences for the cause of peace and justice in the Middle East.”

In 1975 Michael Adams and Christopher Mayhew delivered their powerful indictment of Western media coverage of the Israel-Palestine issue. Both men, journalist and politician, had direct experience of the situation in Palestine and both felt passionately that a curtain of concealment and deceit had been drawn over media discussion of the Zionist colonization of Palestine, resulting in misinformed and biased perceptions. The importance of their discussion of the Zionist management of the British media in Publish it Not cannot be overstated. It was pivotal in the process that has unmasked a number of myths: that Zionist intentions in Palestine were broadly benign and that the Zionist project was a ‘liberation movement’ and not a project to displace the indigenous population of Palestine; that Palestine was ‘a land without people’ and Jewry ‘a people without a land’ before Zionist colonization; that Zionist endeavour ‘made the desert bloom’ in Palestine; that 600,000 ‘Jews’ opposed 40 million Muslims in 1947-9, that Israel was fighting a ‘war of survival’; that Israel has always sought, and its Arab neighbours have always rejected peaceful relations. Thirty years on, a new edition of this classic expose reveals that little has changed in media treatment of the Palestine issue. An extensive introduction by former BBC correspondent Tim Llewellyn describes developments since 1975 and compares the issues that Mayhew and Adams addressed with those existing now.