Discover history. Explore current events. Learn the facts.
Knowing the facts about Israel is at the core of Israel education. Having knowledge and understanding of key events in Israeli history, important figures, and current events is crucial to maintaining an environment of productive and informed conversations. Only with the facts can we truly look toward discussions and solutions.
How can I do this?
Study up! Here are a few guidelines for how to do your research:
1. Find reliable sources. Look at information from multiple places and try to use only reputable sites and books (see below).
2. Keep yourself in the loop. Check the news for new happenings at least once a week. If you make a point of keeping up to date, your picture of Israel will only deepen.
3. Look at different perspectives. Try to read articles or books from right-wing, left-wing, and centrist perspectives, both from inside Israel and from the Diaspora. It's important to understand what is fact and what is bias, as well as what people on all parts of the political spectrum are thinking. My usual news routine is to read Times of Israel, then Haaretz, then The Jerusalem Post (sometimes, I throw in Al Jazeera if it's relevant).
Where should I look?
Times of Israel (centrist)
The Jerusalem Post (center-right)
i24 (Israeli international TV in English!)
ISRAEL21c (nonpartisan magazine)
Israel National News/Arutz Sheva (religious Zionist, right wing)
Al Jazeera (anti-Zionist, Qatari, state-funded, not very reliable but a good perspective)
I'm planning a program/event. How do I incorporate this?
Share information however you can! It's easy to do game show-style activities, trivia, or just talk at people. However, education can also be super fun! Run a simulation of an event, hold a debate, or run another interactive program to make learning exciting! Check out some examples on the side for inspiration.