Literacy and Liberty

Media in the Israeli Palestinian Conflict
Posted by: , November 7, 2018, 4:32 pm
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In any conflict, the role of the media (both domestic and international) serves as a bridge between the outside world and the people involved in the conflict. The long standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been the subject of extensive international scrutiny and coverage. This year, the relocation of the American embassy to Jerusalem was one of the most widely covered events in international politics. I’d like to dive into the role of the international media in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How do factors such as bias, misinformation, and reporting with an agenda factor into international opinion on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?  I want to analyze a variety of sources that depict both an Israeli and a Palestinian perspective. I want to gain a better understanding of the impact of journalism in this conflict. What we write, and how we write has a powerful impact on public opinion. The facts that are included and the narratives that are portrayed from this conflict are so important. As a Jew who has family and friends in Israel, I have a vested interest in understanding this conflict and where it is headed in the future. The role of the media is an essential part of it and I would like to develop my own opinion as well as gain a better understanding of the role of the media as a whole.

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This is a topic that is very close to heart for me. As a fellow Jew and someone who has been deeply invested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict for many years, I too have struggled with the bias you are referring to. Both in the media, and within the various Jewish circles I have been in for most of my life. I often find myself torn between pro-Israel and Pro-Palestinian depictions of the conflict. As someone who wishes to see a peaceful and just end to the conflict, which grows more dire with each passing year, I greatly look forward to following the progress of your research. I would be happy to support you in your endeavor, so please keep me in the loop!

   Joseph Gelula 11.07.18 @ 6:16 pm

This sounds like a fascinating concept and a really relevant one to examine from a research perspective. There’s a significant Bosnian population in Carlisle and I know there are lots of people who would be willing to discuss this issue if you wanted to do interviews or original research, especially regarding the way that the media has shaped their views. It sounds like you have a really clear idea of what you’re interested in and how you want to approach it!

   Meeka 11.08.18 @ 6:41 pm

Dan, this is a great topic, and I’m glad to read you thinking about something about which you–and your seminar peers!–care deeply. I wonder if you might want to focus on a particular international publication as a means of focusing your research? That is, might you frame your article as being about journalism (or do you want to do “media” broadly) on this conflict, but have a case study to anchor your story?

   Professor Seiler 11.11.18 @ 5:33 pm

This is a highly controversial and important issue.
Since half of my family lives in israel, they all serve/have served in the IDF. Meanwhile, some of my israeli family also protests.
Something I wonder is how media helps make certain opinions acceptable in different areas. In Israel, I wouldn’t dare speak against the occupation, but a zionist would be very uncomfortable at Vassar college. Often, if a certain side wins, dissidents who were once considered radical, are the only acceptable opinion (ex. slavery).

   lubitt 11.12.18 @ 3:42 pm

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