I am deeply disturbed by posts that some of my FB friends, some with education and significant influence on those around them. In these posts they are deeply critical of Israel in a manner I think to be damaging to everyone – especially Palestinian civilians.
To these friends, I’d like to raise two issues:
A) it’s not 2 players, but 4: 1) Israeli civilians, 2) Palestinian civilians, 3) Israeli government, and 4) Hamas. All of the civilized world agrees that civilian death is tragic and should be avoided as much as possible. In addressing the ongoing conflict, it is important not to conflate Palestinian civilians with Hamas. Israel does not target Palestinian civilians and every civilian death is a tragedy. Hamas targets Israeli civilians and, if they had the means, would destroy as many as they can. Worse yet, they seek to kill their own civilian population for PR purposes. If you watch nothing else, watch this video of Hamas placing children next to a rocket launcher. Per Huffington Post – it is time for moral clarity.
B) not focusing on Hamas and instead blaming Israel does tremendous damage to both Israeli and Palestinian civilians. Consider that you are the thought leaders who influence those around you and any ideas you subscribe to ripple through society aligning those in your social circles to your views. Imagine: if you are successful in your messaging – what will be the consequence? Will the conflict stop? Or will it get worse?
What is happening in that region is unacceptable and the civilized world should stand firm and united on intolerance towards targeting civilians. And once Hamas no longer attempts to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible, it will be a completely different subject as to how to bring prosperity to the region where different peoples should (and I am sure want to) live side-by-side in peace and harmony.