Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Well, for one thing there is no moral equivalency between the two sides. Among Palestinians there is a lot of criticism about ourselves, but to ask why there is no Palestinian Seth Freedman is to castigate us for lack of humanity and is just another form of demonisation. To be really blunt, it's a way of glorifying Israeli heroes and just another way of paying homage to Israel at the expense of Palestinians.
I like how you point out that " To be really blunt, it's a way of glorifying Israeli heroes and just another way of paying homage to Israel at the expense of Palestinians."
That said perhaps I should not put in my two cents as to why more Palestinians don't speak up in public forums- for the question itself really is a bit of an insult... However I will anyway:
I think economics is a huge factor - Zionists don't just argue online... they tend to take it a step farther, and often seek to ruin a person's life- that includes seriously trying to get people fired from jobs. Such harassment is despicable- but for now at least it is a relatively effective way to discourage reasonable family oriented Palestinians from speaking out.
There are multiple online Zionist 'treasure troves' of misinformation on various Palestinian activists and organizations- resources for hate mongers. It's very creepy.