Terror in numbers
I have been struggling this week, with a new job, new routines and less time with my kids. On top of this, I have also struggled with tears and worry almost every day considering what is happening on the streets of Israel.
I have also struggled with squaring what I see/hear on the news with the realities of my family and friends experiences.
Pictures of wailing families and sympathetic headlines present an unfolding tragedy and an inevitable storm.
Yet, my friends on the left, and the media outlets I have come to trust , are not questioning the narrative they are being shown about what is happening in Palestine / Israel at the moment.
Or that, it seems, the message that a Palestinian life is worth more than an Israeli life.
I should not have to state a complex position statement about how I think the current reality of what is happening in Israel/Palestine is horrific, or that both sides are doing bad things.
Like you, I know that life and history is messy. That there are tragic conflicts rooted in generational disputes and that it is in the interests of old men with power and money to keep it that way.
So why are so few people challenging the bias in the news?
Surely, we can all agree that deaths on both sides are tragic and that terror is bad (who ever does it) , and the pressures that are used to make vulnerable people commit horrific crimes against innocents should be railed against.
Are so many people prepared to be swayed by a simplistic David vs Goliath narrative because they are lazy? Or, is it more simple that that.
Is it just because there are so few people from the other side of the argument prepared to argue for something more balanced.
There are a decreasing number of jews who identify as moderate and secular … and those that there are identify as being left wing… but we are too few to influence the discourse…
Maybe, as this article says, it is just a matter of numbers. Thanks to Julia Marcuson for sharing it. It is just that there are too few of us to be worth listening too or caring about.
If you are a leftie — and are prepared to challenge your assumptions once in a while — read this article, as it kinda asks a few key questions of our British Left and the way it has found itself attacking a minority. It also explains more eloquently that I can about how I feel.
I am part of a minority who is not being listened to or being given a fair hearing.
This is not a plea for supporting Israel but for unbiased reporting and a proper debate and for respect for all the dead and injured.
If you flick through the Guardian today, or watch the BBC News without wondering why they are presenting the story in a way that is fundamentally biased — then you are missing a huge part of what it means to be on the left: a critical view of the bias in the media, a fundamental belief in fairness, a belief that people (whatever their religion/creed/class/gender/heritage) deserve a fair chance.