Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dear ABC News: This is Gaza. Dear World: We Need Social Media Activism to Debunk the Lies of Israel

It is a circle. People are happy about something ---> They post on Facebook---> Israel attacks Gaza---> People feel sad---> People post on Facebook---->Happy people and sad people fight on Facebook.

Most posts revolve around two messages:

1- How insensitive the Happy People are for being happy while Gaza is being bombed.
2- What a bunch of hypocrites those people sad for Gaza are. If they were really sad about what's happening in Gaza they would actually DO something, not just talk about it on Facebook.

All posts, however, have one common theme: Live and Let Live. Happy people ask Sad People to be sad on their own. Sad People ask Happy People to be happy on their own. Because, of course, each one of us is free to feel and live the way they want, but first, we have to object about how other people are living and ask them to let us be. Democracy and tolerance at their best.

I have always been an advocate for raising awareness about Palestine, because no one can deny the campaigns Zionists are launching to raise awareness about their side of the story, and with the media augmenting their voices, Palestinians are left to suffer alone, with almost zero world interference. Of course, raising awareness is not enough and it should never be a substitute to actions that can transform the deadly situation Palestinians live in, but when changing the situation is not in your hands, sharing and posting seems like the only thing to do, regardless of how much helpless, powerless and weak this makes you feel.

In the middle of all this Facebook opinions commotion, a post I saw today on Electronic Intifada proved to me just how significant sharing news on social media is, and it gave posting and sharing greater justification.

The post read:

"As usual, mainstream media outlets are straining to paint Israel as the victim, defending its people against irrational Palestinian rocket fire.
There is no equating the killing and maiming of dozens of innocent Palestinians with scared Israelis seeking shelter from crude rockets that rarely cause damage. But that hasn’t stopped media outlets from trying, and in some cases, outright lying, to distort the violence.
In one stark example, ABC News’ Diane Sawyer misidentifies scenes of the aftermath of Israeli missile strikes in Gaza as destruction caused by Palestinian rocket fire.
As Sawyer segues into the segment, she says, “We take you overseas now to the rockets raining down on Israel today as Israel tried to shoot them out of the sky.” Next to her is video footage not of Israelis or even Israel, but of Israeli airstrikes on Gaza."

I have realized media is stupid, long time ago. But people aren't and they shouldn't be! No Israeli woman is veiled like that wearing prayer clothes! No Israeli family has no shelter. Those are the Palestinians media don't want the world to see.

For everyone who has been complaining about the effectiveness of social media activism, implying messages that spreading awareness and expressing sadness about the situation is useless and is just a show, I hope you see how necessary it is amid this "Zionist show". They are lying and changing the facts using media, the least you can do is share the right facts and debunk the lies.
أضعف الإيمان من أهم الايمان

The full article in Electronic Intifada can be found here

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