At 8 a.m. we took off for a four hour visit to Yad Vashem. Our guide gave us an excellent tour of the Shoah (Holocaust), beginning with the rise of Hitler in the mid 1930s to the period after WWI and up to 1947. The entire experience evoked various emotions from our group, including sadness and anger.
From Yad Vashem we returned to the Jewish section of the Old City for lunch and shopping, followed by a tour of the Jewish and Christian areas, which included the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Last but not least was a visit to Media Central where Aryeh Green described the work his organization does to present the foreign media with an unbiased view of Israel, as opposed to that supplied by Israel’s detractors. Media Central acts as a hospitality center for foreign journalists, supplying them with coffee, Internet, orientation in Israel, assistance with travel arrangements, meetings with various Jewish and Arab officials and others, and opportunities to get a better understanding of the issues.
The following resources were suggested by Aryeh for those interested in becoming more knowledgeable so they can counter the media’s bias against Israel:
Israel 101 (pamphlet)
Myths and Facts (book)
The Case For Israel by Alan Dershowitz
Leila Tov—it’s been a long day!