chapter  4
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Slimane Benaïssa, or the Voice of Dissidence


In the Arab world, the rejection of Israel is a commonly accepted preconception. This opinion is almost never challenged, either in the individual discourse or in the public sphere, so that any attempt to express an independent opinion is doomed to be considered as refl ecting an idiosyncratic point of view, if at all. However, the specifi c situation of postindependence Algeria, where the mass media are strongly controlled by the state and/or by the army, has brought several intellectuals to contest the offi cial voice of the power and the monistic thought of the mainstream. Since the Algerian government relentlessly condemned Israel, a few opponents have adopted a subversive viewpoint based on an attempt to reassess the allegedly generally accepted truth.