Throughout the years, I have read quite a bit about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but because I do not claim to be an expert on the situation, I rarely comment about it. Despite this, I have long been convinced that there is a much better way to deal with that tragic situation than what is being done right now, a way to deal with it that will take into account the best interests of both sides. Recently, I found a streaming video that addresses this situation that you might also find to be quite thought-provoking.
Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land is a truly interesting streaming documentary by Bathsheba Ratzkoff and Sut Jhally [1:19.14]. This documentary explores the Israel-Palestine conflict. Despite its length (more than one hour), it would make a great teaching video for framing a classroom discussion as well as providing important information to the average American, who is woefully misinformed about Palestine and Palestinian interests by the mainstream media.
Among other things, this video describes the history of the dispute over the Occupied Territories, it investigates the economic and political interests involved in the conflict, and it zeroes in on how distortions by the American news media have reinforced false perceptions of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict among Americans — who are the biggest supporters in the world of Israel’s policies. This documentary exposes how the foreign policy interests of American corporate and political elites — oil, and the need for a secure military base in the region, among others — work in combination with Israeli public relations strategies to exert a powerful influence over how news from the region is reported.
Lest you think this is a story told solely from the Palestinian point of view, you will quickly find (if you watch the entire video) that there are plenty of Israelis who are lobbying for withdrawal from the Occupied Territories. You can stream this video or download it.