Polling company YouGov has issued the results of a survey that suggest more people now sympathise with Israel than Palestine – although the numbers are so low that it makes no real difference; there’s no clear majority:
📊 Which side in the Israeli‑Palestinian conflict do you sympathise with more?
🇮🇱 Israel: 21% (+11)
🇵🇸 Palestine: 15% (-9)
— Stats for Lefties 🏳️⚧️ (@LeftieStats) October 9, 2023
Why the change, though? Could it possibly be because the mass media response to the violence has been entirely in support of Israel?
Has anybody on the main news channels or newspapers run any copy at all that details the suffering to which Palestinian people have been subjected on a dailybasis by the Israeli occupation?
Even the coverage of the current crisis is deeply slanted. We’ve had many claims of Hamas killing civilians, taking hostages, committing sex crimes – and if true, those are all sickening and should not have happened. I wish to make that entirely clear because I know there are some readers who will try to twist my words if I don’t.
Now consider Israel’s response, which is not only to deprive Gaza of energy, water and food but also to bomb it indiscriminately, murdering civilians – exactly the crime of which that country accused Hamas, but this time it is not the action of an isolated group but of a national government:
Jewish Israeli Defence Minister described Palestinians in Gaza as ‘human animals,’ and is denying them food, water and electricity while raining down bombs on civilians and mosques.
Why aren't British politicians and Jewish representatives in the UK condemning this war crime? pic.twitter.com/SOBR8TqEmn
— Ragged Trousered Philanderer (@RaggedTP) October 9, 2023
Gaza is home to 1 million children, half the population.
Who does this rhetoric sound like? https://t.co/xAkg6Qr1G1
— Matt Kennard (@kennardmatt) October 9, 2023
Who are the “human animals” in such a situation? After Jewish people were treated as less-than-human by Nazi Germany, one would have expected an Israeli minister to be more careful with the language he used.
The situation is clear. But some simply won’t accept it:
Utter nonsense and you know it.
— St3v3n H4513tt (@redcap111) October 9, 2023
So let’s show you the reality. Here come the distressing images I flagged up in the headline:
BREAKING: PALESTINIAN FATHER CARRYING HIS DAUGHTER KILLED BY THE IOF pic.twitter.com/E21ZVkt11U
— Sulaiman Ahmed (@ShaykhSulaiman) October 9, 2023
Still not convinced? On Monday afternoon, the United Nations Human Rights Council observed a minute’s silence for the loss of innocent lives in Palestine (and elsewhere):
— United Nations Human Rights Council | 📍 #HRC54 (@UN_HRC) October 9, 2023
And in response to Rishi Sunak’s speech saying that Hamas are not freedom fighters but terrorists, UN figures showing the relative human costs of conflict between Israel and Palestine provide a possible insight on which side is really spreading terror:
Some perspective from the United Nations: pic.twitter.com/dRiLqDRtXR
— Judy Hamilton (@secretspartacus) October 9, 2023
Total deaths from 2008 to 2020: Palestine – 5,590; Israel – 251. Palestinian deaths are more than 22 times more than those of Israelis – and you’re being asked to believe that Israel is the victim?
And you’re starting to believe it, according to the poll at the top of this article.
There is an explanation. Here’s Grace Blakeley:
I know it can be demoralizing to see such blatant doublespeak and hypocrisy amplified throughout the media.
But the main reason they’re trying so hard to ignore the suffering of Palestinians is that the vast majority of the planet is on the side of the oppressed.
— Grace Blakeley (@graceblakeley) October 9, 2023
Fortunately, many people are still questioning the approved narrative. This is just one example:
I'm trying to understand the two conflicting sides in the conflict in Isreal.
We see the wrong in Putin's expansion plans to take over land that belongs to Ukraine. Why do we take a different view of Isreal expanding into the land belonging to their neighbours? It feels at odds!
— linda m tomlinson (@tomlinsonlindam) October 8, 2023
And we must remember that, when asked, the vast majority of those polled – 64 per cent, which is nearly two-thirds – said they didn’t know who should have their sympathy.
It isn’t a clear-cut, goodies v baddies situation. Atrocities have been committed by both sides.
But take a look at the figures. Listen to the rhetoric coming from Tel Aviv and look at the result in Gaza. Make up your own mind.
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