The Middle East is always in the news. You barely get a week without a peace agreement being broken, a new settlement being built or deaths on one side or another of the conflict.
Yet much of this news disappears. There is little debate about what goes on, and the media does not do much to explain the background of the conflict.
This week, Politics present a series of articles by a variety of students, with the aim of providing both these things: some background, and hopefully some debate.
It should be said at the outset that the articles represent the writer’s own viewpoint. The Wessex Scene has taken no editorial direction, other than to encourage writers to express their views. Personally, as the editor responsible for the series, I would like to emphasise that I don’t agree with everything said, but equally I don’t feel in a position to edit, or decline to publish, the views of other students.
This is a controversial topic, and some of the opinions expressed are controversial. If you disagree with what is written, we welcome comments on the articles. Remember, we’re just students, no one claims to be an expert on the conflict, and no one should expect us to be incapable of making mistakes.
If you want to go beyond just leaving a comment, I will offer a window of one week after the end of the series to publish articles responding to what has been written. If you want to do that, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, which should also be used for any other comments on the series.
All that remains is to thank the writers who took part, we have some really strong, informative content, and I would encourage you to keep checking the website and to get involved in the debates.
The series of articles will run as follows:
Monday- The Genesis of the Conflict- part 1
Tuesday- The Genesis of the Conflict- part 2
Wednesday- Comment article: The Gross Mistake
Thursday- Response: Blind Fascism?
Friday- An Outline of the Current Major Issues
Saturday- Where Next? The Future for Israel and Palestine