The mainstream media, the Internet and social media all have enormous influence in conveying messages and images about Israel and the Middle East. Some of the information is reliable and some is not. For those concerned about the potentially harmful effects of distorted and inaccurate claims about Israel and the Middle East on students, there is a practical, easy way to help young people develop critical thinking skills to separate fact from fiction and to process and assess constructively what they read, see and hear about the Arab-Israeli conflict and related topics.
Eyes on Israel, a dynamic, modular curriculum, will help teachers and students tackle tough subjects, understand the facts and appreciate the vital role of responsible journalism in a democracy.
For 30 years, CAMERA (the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) has been at the forefront of examining, and alerting the public to the role of communications media in covering the Arab-Israeli conflict. CAMERA monitors and analyzes coverage in newspapers, magazines, television, radio, professional journals, Web sites and other news sources on the Middle East. CAMERA staff and representatives brief community groups and educate thousands of Americans—including reporters, editors, anchors and producers—about Israel. Educators and other community leaders contact CAMERA's offices with requests for curriculum materials for middle and high school students to help examine and counter often misleading and incomplete media portrayals of Israel and the Middle East.
Recognizing the media's role in shaping the public's perception of events, CAMERA developed Eyes on Israel in 2007 to help students reconcile perceptions with fact. The 2012 revision comes at a time when much media coverage falls short and students are increasingly confronted with anti-Israel bias on campus. Eyes on Israel is solid preparation for the challenging campus setting.
The comprehensive curriculum—containing Lesson Plans, Student Handouts and Teacher Aids—teaches Israel's history and current events, fosters an awareness of media ethics and encourages critical thinking about coverage of Israel and the Middle East. This approach provides an exciting educational experience and appeals to all types of learners in a variety of settings. The central goal of this curriculum is to help students become critical and educated media consumers, while focusing on the facts of the Arab-Israeli conflict.
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