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    • Malaika
    • 14.04.05 | 22:07 (IDT)

    Ari - you are so right. Personally, I have seen people relate to the Arab-Israeli conflict more like it's a sports match, with people rooting for their team, and people not afiliated with any particular team rooting for the underdog because it's the cool or romantic thing to do (and people have told me straight up that they support the Palestinians because they are the underdog). To many people outside Israel and the PA is not real and doesn't involve real people. It's more like a violent soap opera to them. That being said - Wafaa - Ha'aretz is an Israeli newspaper and the people reading it will tend to be Israelis concerned with their own welfare or people who support Israel and want to be connected to it by reading its newspapers. You are dealing with a self-selected audience and if you want an audience that considers the Palestinians as much as the Israelis, a non-Israeli, non-Jewish and non-Arab and non-Palestinian paper that tries excruciatingly hard to be balanced is the place to go. The Christian Science Monitor is said to have a good reputation on that score. Also, Wafaa, if you want people to see the truly peaceful heart of the Palestinian people, then Palestinians need to stand up and oppose terror attacks much more aggressively. They must make it known to all the world that Palestinians do not approve of terror attacks and put pressure on the terrorists to stop. Israelis are not encouraged when after a terror attack, they see Palestinians celebrating and Palestinaian polls that show 70% support in the Palestinian street for terror attacks ("military operations"). I, for one, would have been willing to give Palestinians much more as far as land if it was clear to me that Palestinians simply wanted a space of their own and did not seem to thrill so to calls to wipe out every Jew between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River (and sometimes beyond). I personally don't understand why this Gandhi movie is being shown now and not 20 years ago when it first came out. Or, perhaps, Palestinians saw this movie 20 years ago and didn't pay it any mind?

    from the article: Hamas leader: You can't get rid of us
    First published 00:00 14.04.05 | Last updated 00:00 14.04.05
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