Hello. My name that I will be using while sharing my thoughts via blog is Decibel. I am known for being pretty loud, and someone who is very comfortable voicing my opinions to people. I have studied the history behind the Israeli-Palestinian wars since I was in high school, and my interest has only grown as the situation has between these two regions has become a priority to the international community. As I studied this conflict in-depth my opinions regarding the conflict are very strong. The rollercoaster of relations between Israel and Palestine are growing to a point that many people think the situation is about to hit a point of no return. Consequently, it has made this issue a priority, and has set a precedent in the international system for being the longest standing violent feud between regions in the history of global conflict.
This is the first of many posts in which I will be discussing a war that has lasted much too long between Israel and Palestine for decades. Not only is this an issue that covers pages of newspapers on a daily basis, but it is one that no one has been able to effectively suppress. International conflicts have always been an interest of mine, and this one especially because of the history behind it. The amount of deaths, and the societies that have been destroyed because of the inability to develop peace between these two Middle Eastern territories is frustrating and difficult to watch as no solution is found to solve the many deep-seated issues this regions have with each other.
I plan on reacting to not only the news that is broadcast to the American people, but also the news that is shown to those in both Israel and Palestine. I am going to look at the issues that are dealt with on a daily basis with these two territories and analyze why the peace process is being hindered. I want people to understand the concerns held by both the Palestinians and Israelis. Due to the fact that this conflict has lasted so long, American society has seemed to take more sympathy for the Israelis, but I want people to understand the deep-seated legitimate reasons why Palestinians are as angry as they are. There are so many aspects of this battle that I want people to recognize, and I plan on addressing them in my posts. One major issue is that historians, governments, and people in general think that it is important to take a side in this conflict, but what I want to stress and convey is the importance of both sides taking responsibility for their actions. “It takes two to tango”, and this crisis would not be growing worse if one side or both was legitimately willing to secede in the name of peace. So the question is, how important is peace to both Israel and Palestine? And what is it going to take to convey the significance of peace, diplomacy, and nonviolence to these governments? I am going to focus on international efforts and what really needs to be done to make peace a plausible solution in the near future. Focus needs to be given to development, human rights, and most importantly how to maintain a cease-fire. There are so many unique problems regarding the Israel-Palestine war, and I plan on tackling all of them as I write my blogs.
Wow, was one of the first words that came to mind after reading some posts from this blog. I was surprised.
The blog that I found titled "Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" is one of the best blogs that I have seen in awhile regarding this issue. The information in the blog is contributed by a man, Shimon Zachary, who is living in Israel and has since 1974. Although there are some aspects of this blog that I expect will be biased since it is a man that is living in Israel, it is also extremely informational and gives insight to the progress or lack there of with the situation. The blog itself has a variety of links related to peace and how important it is. Zachary is a member of a group called “iPeace”, and it is definitely evident in his posts that this is his concentration regarding the conflict. His primary focus on peace is what stood out to me the most. Most blogs I have come across are concerning the anger, the hostility, and the violence that Israel and Palestine have created, instead of talking about what needs to be done. This was the first blog I found that was solution-based. He posts every week or so, basically whenever there is a huge event that has occurred in the territory. His “most viewed blogs” are all blogs concerning this topic, and he is obviously extremely passionate about it. The blogs he looks at are much more informational rather than emotionally geared.
The most recent post was dedicated to the Gaza Strip War, one that has been ceased and begun again more times than I can count, but this post reflects the recent effects of this war. The most obvious aspect of the war that is discussed is the negative influence that the radical terrorist groups are having on the people of both Israel and Palestine. It brings up a point that I plan on addressing, which is how are the governments of both Israel and Palestine going to find a way in which to control these radical groups?
In recent months, Hamas has been one of the most threatening and dangerous terrorist groups of that region. Israel has retaliated on multiple occasions because of the attacks that Hamas has made on Israel, which consequently has only hurt innocent Israeli and Palestinian civilians,
“This war was the last thing that the people of Gaza needed. Hamas had brought it on their people. While Israel has a right to defend its citizens against Hamas terrorism in the south, it does not have the right to inflict injury on innocent Palestinian men, women and children as this war progresses…”
There are two things that I like about this comment. One, he is addressing this issue in a very non-biased sense, and secondly he is pointing it out in a way that people reading can understand both sides of the situation more clearly. His blog is very thought provoking; it brings up the question that if Israel and Palestine cannot control terrorist groups, and their governments are not strong enough to find a way to suppress them, then does their need to be more international efforts made to stop the deaths that are being accumulated? This is a key part of this ongoing war, and is an interesting thing to think about when looking to the future.
Zachary utilizes video clips very effectively in his blog as well. For instance when he focuses on the war he shows the actual damage that it has had on the innocent people he feels are being most harmed. He doesn’t digress. He addresses most aspects of the issue, and he is obviously well educated regarding this conflict. He bolds sentences that he feels are important. The flow of his writing is also something that is noticeable. It seems standard, and very structured, but he strategically places sentences of the most importance in the middle of paragraphs, and they definitely stand out.
“…The leadership of Hamas is sheltering in bunkers under the ground. They are surrounded by human shields of women and children which explains the high casualty rate. This is the way they defend themselves!”
I think that this is crucial because he is verbalizing his emotions, rather than just sharing facts. All of his angst and frustration with this conflict are reflected in the bolded words.
I know I also enjoyed this blog because I feel as though we share generally the same feelings about the groups involved, the effects it’s having on many communities, and that drastic measures need to be taken at this point.
“…Hamas has continued to fire rockets into Israel indiscriminately. They had no intention of acting responsibly towards their own people.”
Zachary is very blunt, which is another thing that I appreciate. His words aren’t subtle; they convey a sense of angst about such a bad situation in an intelligent manner. Especially regarding this problem, beating around the bush gets us NOWHERE, and with the conflict between Israel and Palestine there has been DECADES of beating around the bush that has lead to absolutely nothing.
This blog is also not too extremist, but yet pushes the envelope enough to instigate reactions. He is a thought provoking writer and I am looking forward to his future posts.
The title of this blog alone, “Raising Yousuf and Noor: diary of a Palestinian mother” lets the reader know that this is going to be a blog with a much more emotional spin on the war. And my first thought was, great, this is going to be a mother's naive interpretation of the war around her. BUT it proved me wrong. This blog is written by a Palestinian mother living in Gaza. Compared to other blogs regarding the Israeli-Palestinian war this one conveys many heartfelt and deep emotions. Although some of the posts include basic facts about what is going on, and how to solve this issue, much of the writing is regards to how the conflict is affecting her and her family. She is a journalist which is another reason why I really like this blog. She involves many different forms of viewing capabilities so that the reader’s can almost feel as though they are there. She has videos, pictures, and family stories all in one. It is truly hard to not feel sorry for her family and the people in Gaza after reading only one of these posts.
“…Everytime I rub his little almost-5-year-old head after he wakes up from an afternoon nap, when his face is still warm, I remember how we huddled together in my bed in Gaza as our windows shuddered from nightly shelling…”
A strategy that Laila El-Haddad uses over and over again is including actual dialogue that she has witnessed between families, seen on the news, or heard from people around her.
“ ‘…It will all be ok I promise, don't worry too much about such things. Leave that to me and take some pictures of the present, so you can remember your happy times.’”
This quote came from a mother to her son, one of the most emotionally driven things that I think she could have done was add quotes from families with small children. If you want to get a reaction out of parents, or make this situation more relatable to people around the world, this has definitely done the trick. El-Haddad uses this tactic to invoke feelings within the readers, and make them see this issue as less of just a problem that is far away, but more of something that might hit closer to home.
The blog isn’t consistent. It doesn’t just discuss her family, or the history of the conflict, she instead also reflects upon news articles, analyzes solution-based ideas and proves why certain articles she comes across are either completely inaccurate or blatantly correct. She definitely has clear opinions. El-Haddad uses many different news resources internationally, and uses these resources to prove her points regarding Israeli and Palestinian involvement in this war. I think it shows she isn’t as close minded as I would expect from someone in her position.
“…In the meantime, I'd like to share this article I came across in Haaretz, which once again lends credence to what I have argued is the morally bankrupt way the Israeli occupying army was acting in Gaza, with no impunity whatsoever…”
She is completely biased and feels as though the Israelis are doing everything in their power to make peace an impossible mission. But at the same time, what would you expect from a mother protective of her family? Most of the titles of her posts share this idea. Being biased is expected from her, and I think the bias helps to understand different sides of the conflict. She has posts titled “The Children of Israel’s War, and the “Seize” Fire”, and “GISHA: Israel deliberately withholding supplies”.
The blog is formatted in a way that you can tell she is extremely educated. She uses complete sentences consistently and structures the posts so that it is very easy to read. She likes to use asterisks, quotations, and numbering, to make her main points stand out more, and it definitely works which I think is very interesting.
She has a very strong voice; her opinion about the issue is very clear and unwavering. She keeps the reader very engaged, and it is one of the most comprehensive blogs I have found regarding this topic.
I walked away from this blog feeling as though I was completely naïve. You can hear the news, you can read the paper, but you can never understand what is really going on in a situation like this one unless you are experiencing it yourself.