Friends of Sabeel will host a conference on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict here in Seattle February 19-20th at St. Mark’s Cathedral. Among the speakers will be Neve Gordon, professor at Ben Gurion University, whose Los Angeles Times op ed supporting the BDS movement was hailed and derided around the world, leading to denunciation by his own university president and an attempt to sack him.
I’ve organized the following media panel on Saturday, February 20th at 3:15 PM:
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the Media
Richard Silverstein, author of Tikun Olam, Israeli-Palestinian peace blog
Bruce Ramsey, Seattle Times editorial writer
Larry Johnson former foreign editor, Seattle Post Intelligencer and author, Looking for Trouble, foreign affairs blog
The panel will examine the nature and quality of reporting on the conflict in both the U.S.:
- Getting more & better coverage into the media
- Making coverage more accessible to the average American
- the collapse of print media: how does it alter the landscape for coverage
- Where do people get their coverage of the conflict?
- Critique of media coverage of I-P conflict: why is so much, so bad?
- Political issues that should be covered and aren’t?
- Improving communications between Israeli, Palestinian and U.S. media and peace activists
- Role of digital media, social networking in expanding access to news about the conflict
If you live in or near Seattle, I hope you can make it.