Whippersnapper is a brand-new political commentary and analysis blog run by and for young people. It was founded yesterday (January 1) by its two 16-year-old editors, Adrian Burbie and Ché Applewhaite, who aim to showcase a wide breadth of young people’s views and get young people interested in news and politics. Let’s have a look at one of their inaugural articles, by Janith Peiris:
What is happening to the Middle East and why is there so much violence across the region? Obviously, I, a 16 year-old, have no hope of answering such a broad question in less than 1,000 words, so let us attempt to shed some light on the unspoken injustices and horrors of war that accompany the Israel-Palestine conflict.
Operation Protective Edge came into force on the 8th of July. With over 2,257 dead, including 519 children, the toll was remarkably high considering that 69 -75% of the casualties were innocent, which the UN, Gaza Health Ministry and human rights groups such as Amnesty International verified. Furthermore, 66 soldiers died. It should be noted also that the kidnapping and murders of the three Israeli teenagers, Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaer, and Eyal Yifrah, confirmed on 30 June (18 days after their abduction), that sparked the invasion of Gaza aka Operation Protective Edge, weren’t caused by Hamas. Rather, it most likely that an extremist militant organisation called the Qawasameh clan was responsible for their murders, a small but important distinction to make, meaning that the war itself was almost unjustified, considering that the Knesset (Israel’s legislature) implored the international community to see the invasion as an act of self-preservation to destroy the terror tunnels that threatened Israeli citizens.
Benjamin Netanyahu has been lately making very right wing, almost far-right, decisions in an attempt to win domestic support for the impending general election.
For the full article, visit the Whippersnapper blog site – and please pass on any encouraging comments you might have. Let’s get these writers off the starting-line at speed.
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