A question relating to the possible reliability of information gathered on your trip:
Who arranged the trip? The itinerary and transport? Was it the school who did it entirely? Or was it organised by a private company? An Israeli tourism organisation? An Israeli government agency?
I'm just saying that if the Israeli authorities heard of a school trip from a Western country to Israel they'd see it as a huge chance to see things work in their favour, wouldn't they?
Especially people who are from a single-faith school. You're the people who are going to be fighting for Israel back home in this argument, they think. Some of you people might even be planning on making aliyah (moving to Israel - they even have a term for it).
So obviously, the Israeli authorities would want you to see Israel as being caring and safe and the opposite of what the Western media say. They know just how vunerable to this kind of propaganda children are and how easily they can be twisted to say what they want.
So there is a chance they would have planned it to give the image of Israel that they want you to see. Imagine you're writing an itinerary for some tourists coming to the UK, for example. Think of the different ways you could influence their thoughts of us by choosing what they get to see. You can easily manipulate what gets put in front of them to promote the image you want.
The fact that your visit was through school shows that an element of careful planning already went into it. The school can get their asses sued off if they bring you within a mile of anything dangerous. If there was any major element of risk the trip would have been stopped. And because trouble in Israel is localised rather than all over, this trouble can be avoided so you only go to safe places, so obviously you think it's safe.
Governments will go to great lengths to indoctrinate. I'm just asking you to see it from a point of view where you question what they put in front of you. Why was it put in front of you? What impression does it give of Israel? Don't you think that's the impression they'd be trying to promote?
I meant to write more but I've been distracted enough as it is.
That's interesting. Probably very difficult to argue with, too. All I can come up with is that Gems might have been given information for a specific group or job, like she may have been taken to a very poor area with very low pay and told that.