Israeli-Palestinian tension has defined the West Bank area for years. It has been increasing in recent weeks and culminated in a violent attack on a Jerusalem synagogue. Five people were violently killed with meat cleavers and guns, by two Palestinian attackers who were later killed by police. This article is written in response to the attack. It condemns the lack of international recognition of the Palestinian propaganda and the propaganda itself, described as a, “sewer of hate against Israel and Jews.” While Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas condemned these killings, the article points to him as part of the problem. Abbas supports the anti-Jewish propaganda, by advocating the denial of Jewish history at the Temple Mount and against allowing Jews to pray at the Temple Mount. Due to laws created in 1967, Jews are not allowed to pray at the Temple Mount, only at the Western Wall below. The article points to numerous other examples of hate directed at Jews, including Palestinian authorized newspaper articles that claim that rabbis encouraged an internal hegemony by Israel. Throughout the Middle East Hamas, Jordanian Parliament and Arab newspapers among others praised the synagogue attack. This supports the articles argument that officially sanctioned Palestinian hate, encouraged by the Middle East community is the main inhibitor to peace.
The criticism of Muslim propaganda has been an increasing theme in western media. Recently, the use of propaganda by ISIS has been brought to the forefront of foreign affairs. In contrast, the use of propaganda in Palestine is not used with the intent to recruit, but instead to incite violence and anti-Jewish sentiment. As outlined in class, there are two schools of thought pertaining to propaganda. One believes that it is an inherently neutral process, while the other defines it as inherently deceitful and thus morally reprehensible. The propaganda used in Palestine would be defined as the latter. It is highly organized, supported and disseminated by the Palestinian President, official state media and state run schools. It uses myth of religious history and claim to Jerusalem to support these claims. Finally, is has a goal of creating anti-Jewish and anti-Israeli sentiments, while encouraging violence and conflict.
This article is highly opinionated and argumentative. The title, “Evil Palestinian Propaganda Deters Peace,” creates a bias before even reading the article. The intention of the article is obviously to argue the malevolence of Palestinian propaganda, in which it succeeds. However, in order to make a proper argument, both sides of the argument must be reviewed. In this sense, the article fails. It does not recognize anti-Palestinian sentiment in Jerusalem or anti-Muslim sentiment in the West that undeniably exists. While the hateful nature of Palestinian propaganda should be condemned, it is bigoted to believe that there are not two sides to the story.
The article can be found here: http://bit.ly/1tq6rHQ