The group sat at the lobby of the hotel, “how do you think we’ll end up getting to Ein Gedi?” asked the Canadian.
“I hope we go through the West Bank… I would like to see it…” replied a Frenchman.
The American raised his phone lit up to google maps, “Well, peeps, Google maps says that the most convenient path from Jerusalem goes through the West Bank”
“Yea, but Google Maps doesn’t really care about political borders does it” I replied.
I was wrong.
We did take the Google Maps route. And all through the journey, my eyes were peeled for what looked to be settlements. I needed to see this for myself.
The route through the West Bank was mostly empty of buildings, vast swathes of beautiful desert nature.
I came to find out later that this might have to do with building permits being restricted by the Israeli authority.
But what was going on?
This post is neutral, I returned back to Stockholm and scoured the internet for documentaries and reading to learn more about this conflict and all I’m going to do here, is put a collection of videos representing both sides of the spectrum.
Contrary to a common assumption, the Israel-Palestine conflict is not centuries old but decades old and can trace its roots back to the 1960s. Listen to the stories and decide what you think, because no matter how things end up we need less shouting and more listening.
EXPLAINING THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE CONFLICT
CrashCourse by John Green
EXPLAINING THE SETTLEMENT CONFLICT
National Public Radio (NPR)
LIFE IN THE SETTLEMENTS
IT’S NOT BLACK AND WHITE
BBC – The Birth of Israel
Ilan Ziv – Six Days in June
What do you think? What have I missed out?