The start of resistance or uprising in the West Bank and Gaza started in 1987. Since then, the area has gained much international attention from media. The world has suddenly become interested in the politics and viewpoints of the Palestinians. Earth has lately become so interconnected, it’s amazing that some of these places still remain a mystery to much of the world. Even with things like facebook, twitter, and youtube, some areas simply don’t have a lot of exposure. Now that tension is rising in the West Bank and Gaza, we feel a need to know more than simply what the figureheads and radicals are doing. We want to know how the everyday citizens in the area feel about things.
Media coverage has answered our call, venturing directly into the lives of these citizens. With the aid of some Palestinians, interviews have been set up with translators and citizens, as well as guiding the journalists through the area by navigating checkpoints. This has brought us a very raw view into the lives and opinions of the people that live there. We hear the viewpoints of people that would never really be brought into political discussion, such as poor people, the youth, women, uneducated people, and some activists. This lets us consider what might be going on in their everyday lives, and allow us to better assess the situation.
We might look at a situation and think about what consequences we might rather have yoif it were happening to us, but without knowing what everyday life is like, it’s not really fair to judge certain situations. The people who would be most directly affected by these events may see things in a different light than someone from across the world, similar to our discussion about the difference between slavery in the Americas compared to slavery in the Middle East. Slavery was a completely viable way of life for many people in the Middle East, and slaves were treated much better than what we may first imagine when we think of slavery and think of how it was in the Americas. Slavery was often a perferable option for poor families to send their kids into, as it would be much better than living with a family unable to support themselves. As a slave, they would at least start to have connections with some wealthier families and lifestyles, as well as guaranteeing food and shelter. Looking at these situations today, we need to be aware of any and all cultural and lifestyle differences to really make a proper assessment and opinion of the matter.
Looking at some of the photographs that a photographer, Sanguinetti, took on her visits to Palestine, you can really see a lot of details that one would not find easily in the United States. More importantly, however, you can find a lot of details that deviate from what we may commonly visualize when thinking of life in Palestine. (http://www.arteeast.org/pages/virtualgallery/exhibits/alessandra-sanguinetti/?page=10)
In class, we discussed globalization in the 18th and 19th centuries. Globalization is still an ongoing process, as we can see by the media trying to expose some of the lesser known parts of the world now that important events are taking place in the area. Never before has media reached so far and so deeply across the world. Globalization is a process that will never really end in the world. Each part of the world wants to try to keep up with the rest of the world and remain or become a prominent voice. It’s really just an effect of increasing technologies and theologies that spread throughout the world.