Palestine 101: Question The Sources of Information

“Before you begin to develop an opinion on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, you must first question your sources of information, and also understand the way journalism is manipulated in the West.

The manner in which things are reported doesn’t necessarily reflect the reality. You must always ask: who benefits from skewed and misrepresented facts? For example, Israel receives billions of dollars of aid from our American taxes…so it is in their best interest to “look good” in front of the American public.

Therefore, they must demonize “the other side” by throwing words around like: “terrorists,” “human shields,” “Islamist,” “terror tunnels,” “self-genocide,” and so on and so forth. There are many accusations made with zero substantial evidence, and even when claims are disproved by UN investigations, the liars insist on the lies. Be aware of this.

If you have never lived in Gaza, West Bank, or Israel, you can’t just rely on your emotions and bad journalism.

You have to read the history, seek different sources of news (like local reporters), get in touch with people living there, research facts and statistics, read what “the other side” has to say. Only when you’ve expanded your knowledge could your opinion become validated.

Always ask questions and investigate before you fall victim to systematic brainwashing, and thus allow the continuation of oppression and genocide.”
-Reema Aljamal

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