A sensitive and touching description of the oppression being endured by one of the indigenous people in the holy land at the hands of the other.
Vakili notes when she advocates for freedom, invariably the question comes up. “What about Hamas?” She explains further and the question again, “But what about Hamas?” After further considerations, they say, “It’s complicated”.
Students of the conflict, which the great majority of Americans and their political representatives are not, understand it’s about far more than Hamas which Israel originally financed, armed and cultivated for reasons that have become self-evident. Violence generally initiated by Israel, through media manipulation, becomes reinforcement for the all-powerful and controlling narrative, “Israel has the right to defend itself”, something heard a hundred times and justifying actions that otherwise seen as aggression. While there is widespread understanding Palestinians suffer, its commonly concluded that is due to poor leadership and tolerance for individual violence.
Vakili appeals for us to “stand against the forces of injustice and create a world where striving for equality becomes our moral duty”. As one who has appealed to political leaders multiple time over the years for justice for Palestinians, I know full well how the “defending” narrative defeated all such efforts.
If Palestinians who consider the impracticability of two nations, move to a campaign for full equality in a secular democratic state, the original PLO objective, plausible two nation propositions might develop. Equality could reframe the controlling narrative because equality implies a peaceful, positive end-game, and a desire for positive relations.
Its perhaps difficult to appreciate for many but stones and rockets have run their course, toward making Palestine free. Public opinion, thoughtfully cultivated, could in relatively short order, rearrange the politics and bring freedom.