Religion & Beliefs

Nothing Says Lovin’…

Around the world, angry responses to Israel’s Operation Cast Lead have, predictably enough, flooded the streets. In Jakarta, protesters carried  mock missiles with the quaint message of "Target: Tel Aviv, Israel," while in the UK Annie Lennox for some reason has contributed her two … Read More

By / January 2, 2009

Around the world, angry responses to Israel’s Operation Cast Lead have, predictably enough, flooded the streets. In Jakarta, protesters carried  mock missiles with the quaint message of "Target: Tel Aviv, Israel," while in the UK Annie Lennox for some reason has contributed her two cents.  It seems that protest has even spread to the universe of awkward tech geeks looking to escape reality (it is good to see that flags burn just as quickly in cyberspace). But what about in the United States? Where can we go for some good, old fashioned Hamas-style shouting and extremism? Turns out that Jewish snowbirds in Florida don’t have to travel to the Holy Land this winter in order to be approached by Hamas supporters.

The account reported in the Sun Sentinel seems to have missed or ignored the content spewed by the ANSWER-led rally. Note the particularly foul claims of the young woman at the 3:25 mark, calling for "a bigger oven" and that Jews "need to go back to the ovens." 

 

Given the overly facile narrative being connected to the events in Gaza, is such blind hatred really surprising? In a war in which Hamas forces have been described as "unarmed police officers, public servants" whose terror tactics have flippantly been called "homemade rockets that fell harmlessly on nearby Israeli territory, and undoubtedly caused anxiety," an oversimplified narrative of aggressor and oppressed continues to be wrapped around the complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  The Associated Press utilizes terms such as "assault" to describe Israeli actions, while describing Hamas as "resilient."  Does anyone really benefit from an over-simplified narrative? Does it improve the lives of Palestinians living under Hamas-style Sharia?

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