Once again, I see the same dynamics in action.
An Israeli posting something negative, but true, about Israel. It could be criticism of the government’s policies in the West Bank, about soldiers mistreating Palestinians at checkpoints, or about some cab driver making a racist comment against Arabs. Things that happens in Israel, unfortunately on a daily basis, and deserve to be condemned.
Then come the responses from anti-Israelis, building up on this and making the exchange into another “Zionism is evil” chant.
“A racist cab driver? why, didn’t you know? All Israelis are evil racists.”
“Soldiers mistreated a Palestinian? Well, what did you expect? They are monsters in uniform, these Zionist soldiers.”
I am so sick and tired of this.
Of course Israel has issues. Big ones. Yes, there is hatred and racism. Way too much of it – not that I know of a quantity that is “within limits”, but obviously these people feel other countries are within those limits.
Here’s the deal –
1. Societies are made of people and many people are bigoted and prejudiced.
2. Societies at war tend to become more extreme.
It’s not like Arabs or Palestinians are all Ghandi’s either. Oh wait, I forgot, I am not allowed to use this argument – it’s evading the core issue, that Israelis are all evil. I think I’m also not allowed to mention that there is a lot of racism in France or the US, right? Ok, my apologies, I won’t. I know, perspective is bad as it distracts us from what should be the conclusion here, that Israel is evil. Sorry!
Criticism of Israeli government and society is a good thing. Turning these online debates into a feast of demonizing Israel and Israelis is a horrible thing.
It’s horrible when done in the other direction as well. You criticize some aspect of Palestinian policies or actions, and Jewish right-wingers are quick to nod, and join in with “well, what did you expect? they’re Arabs, don’t you know it’s a violent blood-thirsty culture?”
Same thing, folks.
Now, here why this is so upsetting to me.
You keep stressing on the negatives, painting a black and white picture (doesn’t even matter which side is the black and which the white), and you contribute towards more hatred and eventually more bloodshed.
Like it or not, there ARE two people living here on this tiny piece of the earth. Like it or not, both people will go on living here for the foreseeable future. Encourage, or even allow, the hatred and you contribute towards more war and bloodshed.
And the blood shed is going to be mine and my children’s. Yours too, if you live here.
To clarify –
A critical view of both Arabs and Israelis, by all means, is more than welcome. The many dark corners need to be lit so we can fight racism and hatred. Constructive criticism is even better, if you can maybe suggest how to make things better, but it’s ok if you can’t – reporting bad things IS crucial.
Just please please stop with the hate orgies. Please enough with the “ALL” and the tarnishing of entire peoples and societies with one tarred brush. Not only is it not helping anyone – it’s hurting us.