Dear NileMedia Reader: As we have always hoped, many Israelis are starting to understand where Sharon is leading them. We get quite a bit of mail and we try to respond to it. One of the great suprises is that our mail is so positive in tone. But some of it is less flattering. But if it is well written, we might publish it. So this is the letter from Avi.
Dear Mr. Amr,
I am an Israeli-Canadian student who is disdained at what his government and
its military are wreaking upon the Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Anyone with intimate knowledge of this conflict knows that the violence now
engrossing the region, if allowed to continue unabated, will all but erase
any hopes for a lasting ceasefire and a resumption of political
negotiations. Under no circumstances do I condone the continued oppression
and humiliation of the Palestinians. Neither do I sympathize for the suicide
bombings against Israeli civilians as a legitimate form of resistance
against the occupation of Palestinian territories.
Since this conflict first garnered worldwide attention a half century ago,
it is true that the majority of the English-speaking press has had a
pro-Israeli slant to it. It is also true that all the Arabic-speaking press
in the Middle-East has had an unabashedly anti-Israeli slant to it. Through
reading your website I’ve gathered that beneath your unilateral exposés of
the purported “Yiddish Supremacist propaganda machine”, you are interested
in both sides of this conflict achieving a lasting peace. To what end you
are achieving this solely by disseminating material that only lends itself
to increasing the divide between [Pro-]Palestinians and Israelis is
With all due respect Mr. Amr, if your goal is to inform the English-speaking
world AND to see an end to this conflict, I think you should devote more
editorials to the latter point by proposing meaningful solutions. For every
article on your website that exclusively draws attention to either the
subversiveness of the Israelis, Jews, the U.S. news media or its
politicians, you only further ingrain the “us versus them” mentality into
those readers who are equally capable of advocating meaningful solutions.
I can understand your resentment towards those whom you see as being
responsible for the violence, concealing the truth and distorting the facts.
But lashing out at them while at the same time only citing all the
historical injustices only perpetuates this never-ending debacle without
resolving the issue.
You and I both know that this isn’t just a land issue. The internet has the
capability of making more people aware of what needs to be done rather than
citing who is to blame for the current escalation in violence (we have the
press on both sides for that). As someone with the potential to make a
difference by influencing other people’s opinions, I hope you will find the
time to at least draw some attention to the fact that one way or another,
Israelis and Palestinians will have to learn to live together. How you go
about this is entirely up to you.