I need help creating a thesis and an outline on The Video Turning Point Jerusalem Featuring Peter Jennings. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. Finally, as the city that served as a focal point for the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth, Jerusalem is sacred to Christians of all denominations. All of these points are brought out in the video, but the accuracy and fairness of the historical section of the video could be a bit suspect.
There didn’t appear to be any blatant bias towards one historical claim or another in the video. It is not as though Peter Jennings indicated that one group had more of a historical claim than another, but the way the story was told seemed to indicate that there is a hierarchy of claims to the importance of the city. I felt that more time and detail went into the reporting on the Jewish role in the construction of the original city of Jerusalem. I believe that it is fair that more time was spent on this faith’s dealings with the city of Jerusalem because they are the historical creators of the city. But I think that equal time and more specific reasons could have been included for the Islamic and Christian points of view. I would say that the video is fairly balanced in presenting the claims of the various groups, with just a slight bit of tendency to add weight to the importance of the Jews.
I know that many modern political scientists have discounted the idea that religious ideology does not play an important role in the current political climate of the Middle East. The current conflicts that exist there are attributed to struggles over natural resources or secular ideas such as sovereignty or trade agreements. I do not feel that this is a true reflection of the important role religion plays in the current Middle East.
I believe that religion is the most important cultural element in play in the modern Middle East. Religion colors everything from interpersonal relationships to public policy in the kingdoms and nations of this region.