(I think the title would translate to Propaganda Bangsa-Bangsa in Bahasa Indonesia)
So this morning I watched this movie, Shooting Muhammad, about a Palestinian student called Muhammad who comes from West Bank and studies at the Ariel University Center of Samaria (I don’t know whether it had become a university during the movie shooting, but that is what it is called now) in the Jewish settlement of Ariel in the middle of West Bank, and I saw the differing opinions between the Israeli Jews and the Palestinians about the settlements. The first group thinks that back then there was nothing in the land, and they developed it. The second group thinks that previously the Arabs lived in the areas where the settlements currently are, but after the war (I can’t remember whether it was the 1948 or the 1967 war) they were forced to leave the areas. I may be wrong, but when watching the video, I had a sense that the Israeli kids and young adults were propagandised in their early lives; not directly by the government, but by their own parents and grandparents. Dunno, maybe you think the video is biased, but that’s what I thought. Maybe I need to watch more pro-Israel documentaries (if the video I just watched was pro-Palestine at all).
This reminds of Bang Ando’s post [here], in which one of his comment there tells us about how the Japanese government still hides some facts regarding the history of Japan, especially about their WWII policy. As an Indonesian, how can I forget the P4 and the New Order’s version of G30SPKI? I read in one blog (I forget which blog) about how the blogger’s mother / grandmother still thought that the Chinese Indonesian were still not completely Indonesian, influenced by the New Order’s policy on them. And yeeeess, the USA, the UK, Germany, Russia, you name it, they all make [propagandas]. 😀
So here is my opinion: each nation always does a propaganda for its people, and each nation always has something to be propagandised. 🙂