I’m obviously biased since I’m Jewish but it is so frustrating how Israel and Jewish people have been relentlessly attacked for so long. Jewish people are typically humble, giving, quiet people but nonetheless they are still targeted. In situations with Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, and most recently with the Palestinians in Gaza, Israel simply defends itself. Even still, they are seen as monsters and that they are fueling the fight and the media presents them as the enemy, only sharing stories from poor innocent Arab civilians who are incidentally hurt in the struggle. As a hopeful future journalist, my radar is up for biased reporting and since this is such a personal issue for me, I am particularly sensitive to the types and tone of reporting occurring. My sense is that most American’s are prejudiced toward Jews and Israel and see this an Israeli issue-of which a dominant power is squashing the poor Palestinians rather than the age old pursuit by the Arab nations to deny Israel’s right to exist and their hope for the complete annihilation of the Jewish people.
Sometimes it is an outside, unbiased source that takes control. Israel and the Palestinians are in an unwinnable battle, equally butting heads to no avail. I am so relieved to hear PresidentObama sees Israel as the victim. He said Israel was within its rights to respond to an attack on its territory. “There’s no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders. We are fully supportive of Israel’s right to defend itself.” And that last part is critical. Israel should not be scorned for defending their country against an outside threat. The US is only aiding a country that is on the verge of crumbling due to a pointless, illegitimate battle that they never wanted to enter in the first place. Much like the Holocaust, the US intervened because the trauma got to such a high level, the event was clearly inhumane and unjust, and the Jew’s only hope/the only way the fight would end was with the aid of an outside source.