Seminar for Journalists in Jericho

On May 27-28, 2016, the PPC-GI held a seminar in Jericho that provided a group of 22 journalists and media experts with detailed knowledge of the conflict and a toolkit to promote the two-state solution. Participants represented key local, regional and international newspapers and media institutions operating in the west bank.

 

The seminar included a series of lectures and discussions on the core issues of the conflict and the benefits of a peace agreement, focusing particularly on the role of media (both traditional and social) in promoting a negotiated peace agreement.

Nidal Foqaha, PPC Director General, addressed the current political situation and introduced some of the existing solutions and peace initiatives. In this context, he spoke at length about the French Initiative and said that “In order for it to succeed, the international peace conference must be based on international law and conventions and should include concrete terms of reference and objectives, a binding timeline and comprehensive mechanisms to end the military occupation, as well as measures for arbitration, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.”

Next, senior Palestinian journalist Mohammed Daraghmeh talked to the group about the way that the current Palestinian resistance to the occupation is depicted in the local, regional and international media. Daraghmeh spoke about how the Palestinian media tends to focus on the more human and emotional aspects of the stories and sometimes fails to give detailed reports about the attacks themselves. He said: “songs, videos and talks screened by some news outlet like Palestine today TV, Alquds TV and Alaqsa TV, all affiliated with Islamic movements – all play a role in incitement to violence.”

Throughout the seminar, the participants were encouraged to reflect on the role of media in building trust and promoting a peace agreement. Participants were particularly interested in the interaction between the Palestinian public and the local, regional and International media; and the potential impact social media can have in promoting peace.

This seminar was made possible through the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development.