Palestine and Social Media

A protestor checks her phone as she holds a Palestinian flag outside the Israeli embassy in Bangkok, during a demonstration against Israeli air strikes on Gaza, on July 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ Nicolas ASFOURI (Photo credit should read NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)

The recent genocide in Palestine has once again brought the world’s attention to the ongoing violence in the Middle East. But it has also brought attention to something even more concerning: how the West has been, and still is, misinformed of Israel’s and Palestine’s relationship.

When I was a child, I was barely educated on the history of what America casually refers to as “the conflict” between the two territories. And the little information I was provided was only intended to convince me the bloodshed in Palestine is necessary and even justified, with excuses like religion and trade issues being the root causes.

Sadly and not surprisingly, most (if not all) of my American friends and peers have shared similar experiences.

But the past few weeks have revealed that what the West was meant to believe and what is fact are two very, very different things. And thanks to social media, we now have the opportunity to hear the truth from the source: the people of Palestine.

However, many of us are still unaware of these revelations because we’re not yet fully educated on the subject. I have plenty to learn myself, which is why I continue to make myself available to posts that provide information on the subject.

So I ask of you, my friends, family members, and followers, to please pay attention to the content that is addressing the violence in Palestine. Listen, educate yourself, and most importantly help spread awareness on social media and other platforms.

It’s disheartening and uncomfortable, but it’s important. And by echoing the voices of Palestine’s people, we can finally bring their truth to America and the rest of the world.

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Joshua A. Davies

Joshua A. Davies

UX designer and modernist based in Atlanta.

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