Recently students have been asking about the following:
(1) Why are the Jews occupying Arab land.
(2) Why not trust the official media?
Good questions. The problem with #1 is that it assumes that all Jews support the government of Israel and that there are no mutual efforts opposing the occupation, and promoting social and economic justice. The fact that this is not familar shows why we cannot trust the official media, which often distorts or oversimplifies the issues. Here are some sites about #1:
A JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE
ISRAELI SOLDIER REFUSAL SITES
The Electronic Intifada (EI), found at electronicIntifada.net, publishes news, commentary, analysis, and reference materials about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict from a Palestinian perspective. EI is the leading Palestinian portal for information about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its depiction in the media, currently receiving one quarter of a million visits a month.
If these stories are unfamiliar it illustrates the problem with the mainstream media.
What Makes Mainstream Media Mainstream
FAIRNESS AND ACCURACY IN REPORTING
WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE NEWS?
The PR Industry
The Narrow Range of Debate
Here are some sites about #2