Politicizing grief: Manipulation when we're most vulnerable
The bereaved parents of the kidnapped boys challenged a longstanding tradition both in Israel and the U.S. when they tried to push back against nationalizing grief for political purposes.
Less than an hour after the news broke that the bodies of the three Israeli teenagers were found in a field outside Hebron, the real battle for the hearts and minds of Israeli society began. It was - and still is - being fought on TV talk shows and the social media, pitting right against left, hardline security advocates against peace activists, each side hoping that the public's genuine and heartfelt grief...
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