Voices from the Audience: Opinions on Gaza Livestreams, Hostages, and Lithium-Ion BatteriesNovember 18, 2023
We’re watching genocidal violence live on our phones. Many Americans, particularly those of an older generation, are entrenched in the traditional narrative about Israel and Palestine, whereas young people witness the massacres firsthand via social media feeds. We are bombarded by graphic imagery that captures the brutal reality of the conflict. Children’s bodies are mutilated by bombs, hospitals are filled with horrifying scenes of trauma, and families are torn apart. Our leaders tell us that these violent acts are necessary, but the youth understand the long-term psychological impact of these experiences. We fear that the lasting effects of such violence may lead to more conflict in the future. So we demand an end to the destruction, but our pleas are met with accusations of supporting terrorism. Young voices urge for compassion and understanding to prevent the cycle of violence from continuing.
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict exacerbates the issue of peaceful coexistence, as pro-Palestinians rally for Hamas, evidencing the lack of accountability for the horrendous actions of their own people. The root of the conflict traces back to Israel’s support of Hamas as a counter to Fatah, hence, Israel is responsible for the emergence of this situation. The lack of empathy and concern for Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas further highlights how deep-seated antisemitism dehumanizes the victims. The Israeli government’s aggressive response to the hostages’ plight presents a skewed narrative of righteousness, and its actions are accused of being as criminally egregious as Hamas.
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