By Irene M ‘26 and Jinane E ‘26, Radar Current Events Editors with Contributions from Angela W ‘24, Radar Co-Editor-in-Chief
As many are aware, the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas has been a cause of hurt for those around the world. We hope that in this toolkit, we can provide some assistance in breaking down and understanding information and taking care of yourself when approaching this topic.
Breaking Down Sources of Media
In a digitalized world, it can be exhausting to find fact checked information in the vast amount of articles, media, data, and more. As such, we encourage you to take a critical lens when engaging with media: consider where your information comes from and the presence of bias. Here is a list of resources you can consult when looking for reputable sources and verified material:
Sarah and Peggie have more library resources in person if you would like to talk with them.
Israel-Palestine Conflict Resources
We’ve also included resources specific to the Israel and Palestine news. We would like to stress the importance of looking at the conflict from different perspectives and with an open mind; a single narrative can never be enough. Below are a few stories and articles particularly related to the current topic:
Engaging in Respectful Discourse
While it is perfectly reasonable for students to partake in discussions regarding controversial subjects, we hope you do so in a respectful and open-minded manner, allowing for mutual understanding and growth. Attached is a guideline to engage in respectful discourse with your fellow community members, and here are some of the key highlights:
Listen actively to others without interrupting. Make a conscious effort to understand their perspective before responding.
Acknowledge that people have diverse opinions and backgrounds. Respect their right to hold those views, even if you disagree.
Ensure that the conversation includes a variety of perspectives and experiences.
Express your opinions with “I” statements to convey your perspective without sounding accusatory. For example, say, “I believe” instead of “You’re wrong.”
Critique ideas and arguments, not the individuals presenting them. Avoid name-calling, insults, or derogatory language.
Choose your words carefully and be aware of how they may be perceived by others. Avoid inflammatory language.
Support your arguments with credible sources and data. Encourage others to do the same, promoting evidence-based discussions.
Be open-minded and willing to change your stance if you are presented with compelling evidence or different viewpoints. Remember that a humble and open approach can lead to more constructive conversations.
If a discussion becomes too heated or emotionally charged, it’s okay to take a break and return when emotions have settled.
Seek clarification and ask questions to better understand others’ viewpoints. This demonstrates a genuine interest in their perspective.
It’s okay if you can’t find common ground. Sometimes, agreeing to disagree is the most respectful way to end a conversation.
If a discussion becomes disrespectful or inappropriate, report it to authorities on campus such as Dean Chabon and Alexandria.
Keep in mind that respectful discourse allows for deeper and more nuanced explorations of divisive issues. It is possible to discuss controversial topics while maintaining respect for all participants.
Navigating Social Media
Social media can also be a challenge in this time. While it can be a way to access unrepresented stories in the media, there is also an abundance of false data. Further, social media often only provides us with information that aligns with our personal beliefs, preventing us from expanding our knowledge and point of views. This setup can be exhausting to navigate and contribute negatively to one’s mental health. Some CPS students and organizations have stepped away from social platforms such as Instagram for the time being. Each person is different and has their own capacity, but please look out for your own well-being; it is okay to step back for however long you want to.
Self Care and Mental Health
Finally, taking care of yourself is one of the most important things to do during divisive conflicts. Reflecting and journaling can be an escape and allow for introspection. Resting more and limiting your time on social media may help you reinvigorate yourself. Find small joys like your favorite food or a movie you enjoy, and shift your focus for a break. Find a balance between engagement and disengagement and remember, Joy and Alexandria are available to help you process this and whatever you may be going through.
We hope you use the resources provided to understand different sources of media with an open mind, prioritize self-care, and engage in respectful discourse with fellow community members. Part of our mission as an academic institution is to create a caring and inclusive environment that can discuss difficult topics together. Let’s empathize and heal together as a community in the midst of divisive issues.