The majority of Americans have no vested interest in the Middle East conflict, and thus do not notice one way or the other that our mainstream news coverage, or that our foreign and domestic policy is almost totally biased in favor of Israel.
Pro-Israeli pundits are overrepresented in the media, in online forums and elsewhere giving the impression that their view is the prevailing view in society, when it is not the case. They give the same standard arguments for the Palestinian problem such that it has become predictable; I see them day after day in the news and in cyberspace. The reason that they are seemingly out in droves across the internet, an uncensored frontier of free news, is that they have a vested interest in seeing to it that their point of view is put forth and that it is the ONLY point of view that Americans need to hear. Since the majority of Americans have never even heard the Palestinian point of view, and since they have no real ties to the Middle East, it is very easy to pull the wool over their eyes. This is especially true given that most Americans are not inclined to seek out other sources for news such as those from abroad - ie, the Independent, Guardian, BBC -which give a very different version of the events in the Middle East conflict. And the pro-Israeli view must prevail in America, for without the enormous amount of aid American taxpayers shell out to Israel each year, and the use of the US's Security Council veto at the United Nations to shield Israel's violations of international and humanitarian law, Israel would not only have to rethink its policies, she would also likely face sanctions. Thus, it is imperative to pro-Israeli groups that public opinion in America be kept in line with their views.
The proof is in the pudding.
How many Americans even know about the attack on the USS Liberty? Why isn't this being taught in our schools? Americans HAVE heard of the attack on the USS Cole. Why the blackout on what happened to the Liberty? This is but one example of the many things that are either downplayed or outright omitted in our news, our schools and our politics.
I present you with another side of the story. It's up to you to decide whether or not you want to believe it. But make no mistake about it, we have a very heavy hand in the Middle East conflict (via our billions of taxpayer aid that we give to Israel), and you have the right to hear all sides of the story. Since you are only being given one aspect of this conflict in our mainstream press, here is the other side.
Standard arguments employed by pro-Israelis about the plight of the Palestinians:
If Palestinian Arabs are inherently bloodthirsty and criminal, given to terrorism as they are portrayed by pro-Israelis, then where were the likes of Hamas, the PLO, etc a century ago? Two centuries ago? What events led up to the creation of these groups and others like them? Are they coincidental? Why is it that Jews and Arab Muslims and Christians lived in peace in Palestine prior to the advent of Zionism?
And why should the Palestinians pay for the crimes of WWII that they did not commit?
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