I have very mixed feelings on blogging on what's going on in Israel and the occupied territories when there is a flare up. If you really want to know, there are no shortage of real news sources.
The BBC isn't without bias or problems, but it's easier for me to read than a lot of other sources. Haaretz is the biggest English-language Israeli news source. The do critique Israel and its leaders and politics, so the bias isn't absolute. Al Jazeera is the major source of Arab world news. It has the biases you would expect, but it's pretty good nonetheless. It is also funded by the ruling family of Qatar, so do not expect unbiased, unfiltered news on Qatar. There is also Electronic Intifada, which I don't often read, but my old coworkers from IFPB did. I think you can guess the bias there.
|Qatar: Just the Best Place Ever (Source: Al Jazeera)|
When you want minute by minute updates, Twitter (sadly) is a really good resource. I follow BBC, Haaretz, the IDF, Al Jazeera, and I used to follow the Al Qassam Missile Brigades, but, last time I checked, I couldn't find them on Twitter.
I can also go to Facebook. I have (pro-Israel) friends in Israel, and lots of my friends zealously support the Palestinians. "Support" on facebook looks mostly like posting articles and statistics critical of the other side. "Critical" is way too nice a word. The result is something almost balanced, but really difficult to look at psychologically and emotionally. It's strange because I know few people have a Facebook feed that looks like mine, so I probably should post updates about the conflict, but it's hard not to feel that the feed is oversaturated. Also, my friends will eat me alive if I say the wrong thing. And all the things are wrong.
Don't trust pictures. There are accusations from both sides that images are being misused. For example, some are saying images that claim to be from Gaza are from Israel, vice versa or that the pictures are from years ago.
|No! Not the cavalry!|
Try to remember there are human beings on both sides. They are both jerks, but everyone has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, right? You don't have to pick a side.