Julia Bacha

Senior Producer & Media Director , Just Vision
New York, NY, United States

About Julia

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2012, TEDGlobal 2011

Comments & conversations

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Julia Bacha
Posted almost 4 years ago
How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?
Debra - Thanks so much for your support and for all the great suggestions. We have a fantastic dedicated team at Just Vision which is constantly conducting outreach to media and partner organizations working on these issues, and we're constantly expanding the circle of people we reach. We also have a large mailing list, which you're welcome to join at www.justvision.org, to which we send frequent updates about nonviolent efforts being carried out by Palestinians and Israelis on the ground. And thanks for the nomination!!!
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Julia Bacha
Posted almost 4 years ago
How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?
hi Zdneek - great ideas. we have a you tube channel and would love if the TED community helped spread the word about it - youtube.com/justvisionmedia We would love people to write to Al Jazeera demanding coverage of nonviolent resistance in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. We have succeeded in getting interviews to nonviolence leaders (and ourselves) on several Al Jazeera programs but like most Western channels, Al Jazeera Arabic is also overwhelmingly focused on the coverage of violence in the region. Let's keep working on the TED playhouse :)
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Julia Bacha
Posted almost 4 years ago
How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?
Hi Jason - Thanks for your comments. I often think about how we can break through our narrative bias about emotional issues. Our approach at Just Vision - www.justvision.org - is to use the power of story telling through our award winning documentary films. After doing some research, I gave a talk at TEDx Ramallah exactly about that. Would love to hear your thoughts. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d40Aht_9cxY
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Julia Bacha
Posted almost 4 years ago
How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?
Hi Shaul - I'm glad you had the opportunity to look through some of the interviews. As I'm sure you will notice the more of them you read, we have a very wide range of perspectives and approaches highlighted, from people-to-people dialogue as exemplified by members of the Parents Circle (which seems to be the kind of conflict resolution work you are most interested in) to direct action, as exemplified by Nur el Shehada, and Ayed Morrar from our film, Budrus. None of the people we highlight advocate for the other side to be harmed or killed. Direct action is a nonviolent strategy that has been used in numerous conflicts historically, from the civil rights movement in the United States to the recent Arab Spring. Many Palestinian and Israeli activists believe that given the asymmetry in power in the region (Israelis have a country while Palestinians live under military occupation), the most important strategy today is direct action and not dialogue. We highlight both approaches in our website.
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Julia Bacha
Posted almost 4 years ago
How can we encourage mainstream media coverage of Israeli and Palestinian nonviolence leaders?
Hi Clem- You bring up a good point, that Palestinian and Israeli nonviolence activists are particularly vulnerable at this sensitive time, while the world's attention is focused on the UN vote and the larger political picture. We've actually seen several troubling cases of violence and intimidation used against these activists over the past few days and weeks, and they're facing an escalating crackdown from Israeli and Palestinian security forces. That's why its more important than ever to pay attention to what these grassroots leaders are doing, both to ensure that their message reaches as broad an audience as possible at this crucial time, and to guarantee that no extremist or militant elements are able to silence their voices.