Monday, December 11, 2006

A Must-See for Everyone, and Here's Why....

It is not propaganda, rather it counters it. Very professional, and objective. Why is it important for us to see this? Because an understanding of the 'other' perspective, and how that other perspective is formed, and more importantly, why our perspective is so different, will help increase our comprehension of world events, and it will improve our understanding of what breeds violent extremism.

Many of us in America wonder why there is such a different view of the Israel-Palestine conflict in the rest of the world (Europe, Middle East, Asia, etc.). While most Americans feel that the world is biased against Israel, this documentary will perhaps elucidate for you that things may not be quite that way. Rather, perhaps, what we see and hear is only one side of the coin.

An important note... most of the narrators in the documentary are Jewish. Why is this important to point out? In our time, any critical discussion of Israel is criticized and discarded as anti-Semitism.This phenomenon of labeling everything critical of Israel as anti-Semitic chokes discussions and critical analysis. It makes our nation an unfair arbitrator, and it leads to injustice in our dealings with the non-ally in this conflict. Injustice breeds hatred, and our nation is now more despised by the world than ever before, and by more people in the world than any other country. It is easy to dismiss this by resorting to 'who cares?'. Well, we should care. We live in an age of globalization, and if we want to rid the world of the scourge of terrorism, or win the so-called 'war on terror', we sure are not going to do it alone. And unless we understand what some of the root-causes of the hatred are, and unless we open our eyes to what the rest of the world sees and hears, we will have difficulty succeeding.

Let the learning, and hopefully the healing, begin. Pls view the documentary with an open mind... and if you believe it contained useful information, please send it to others...

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6604775898578139565

3 comments:

Ruth Nasrullah said...

Asalaamu alaikum, brother. I watched it this afternoon and it was awesome, masha Allah. I am toying with the idea after all of posting it on my blog, but only if my readers don't stop telling me we Muslims have to bombard the media in order to have our "moderate" voices heard. They may need a primer in how difficult it can be to have your voice heard.

Amad said...

walikumassalam
I think you are right. The video could be a primer on how the media works here; regardless of the topic that it specifically discusses. Also, it does relates to Muslims in America because it talks about American media and its hijacking by a certain lobby. As I understand, the majority of Israelis are against their country's occupation, and they too are frustrated by the lack of fair coverage. Until the coverage becomes balanced, and until the picture becomes clearer, American public opinion will not change. Until American public opinion changes, their elected representatives will not budge from the positions that AIPAC has betrothed them with.

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