A WWW Starter kit for learning about the West Bank

I hope these links will help you begin your exploration of your clients in the social conflict class. There is certainly a lot of information on the web about the Middle East, and particularly about the West Bank. I try to make the most useful of that information available here. In addition to this information, you will need to consult the list of reference material the Rolvaag LIbrary has available.

However, don't make the mistake of using the web as your primary resource. For some things, it's great; for other things, you are better off spending some time in the reference room. For example, for late breaking news, some of the news sites on the web are excellent (e.g. CNN, ABC). But for a sense of the history of the conflict, you will need to read a few encyclopedia articles, Almanacs, or State Department reports. For a sense of the religious commitments of the various sides in the conflict, you are also better off looking in encyclopedias or other reference works. If you want an already gathered set of arguments for "your side" the Web is fine, but be sure to check those facts that are crucial to your argument by looking elsewhere. If you want thoughtful critique of those arguments, you are better off going to current political science journals or opinion magazines.

So, now that you've been warned, here are the links:

Compilations of Links and News etc.

These sites are set up to link you with recent news wire reports, various newspapers and online newsletters on the issues, sites maintained by interest groups or organizations, and some audio and video files (RealAudio is useful here). These and the news sites are worth checking regularly.


Sites from Major News Providers

Start here. These sites will provide you with some background information on Israel, the Palestinian National Authority, the PLO, Hamas, the issues dividing the sides, etc. They are not "history" sites, they are journalism. But they are certainly good enough for you to get a start in seeing the larger picture of the conflict.

Organizations on some of the sides of the conflict

Be most wary here, but this is certainly the place to go to find out what folks on your side of the issue are saying. Remember that the authors of these sites have a clear agenda. They are not writing a balanced, textbook-style presentation of the issues from various perspectives. So, check the facts you get from these folks. But they are also persuasive advocates for their cause, and valuable for that very reason.

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