In November 2012 Mohammed Morsi's Egypt was a vocal supporter of Hamas. Now, less than 20 months later, Egypt's current leadership classifies Hamas as a terrorist organization that ought to be wiped off the face of the Earth.
In this moment, the death tolls will inevitably grow if Israel's Operation Protective Edge continues. It is up to us to decide what the death tolls will mean to us, and the numbers should demonstrate what they truly are: a grave injustice to humanity.
Have you all completely lost your minds? Have we forgotten these are all human beings? Have we all decided to jointly support death and insure our unceremonious demise?
If one doesn't have the facts, the cagey and deceptive news media can persuade one to false conclusions: they make it sound as if two equal military adversaries are exchanging fire: the reality and devastation on the ground in Gaza dispels all such dubious insinuations.
The reality is that I am not living the nightmare that the people of Palestine are living. They are constantly living in a state of fear and panic not knowing what will happen next. What I know is that nobody wins in war. War brings division and division brings displacement.
The longer the war goes, especially Israel's ground offensive, the more likely that all Palestinians, even those in the West Bank, could rally around Hamas.
Make no mistake about it: the dehumanization of Muslims didn't just happen overnight. On the contrary, it's part of a long process of failed imaging, stereotyping, misrepresentation and flat out bias in the press, entertainment industry and society in general.
It is difficult to watch a war in real time. And the facts, and the causes, and the solutions all play second fiddle to the horror and tragedy of war. It makes compelling TV. And we learn nothing.
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Bloodshed can produce more bloodshed and retribution, but if seized properly, it can also increase the pressure on the international community to take a second look at a sustainable and effective plan for deescalation.
How many people have to die before the United States, The U.N., and the entire International Community has the moral courage to step in and says enough is enough?
There are so many rational reasons why I know peace is not something we can grasp, yet I still pray for peace.
Hamas is a murderous terror regime which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel, and even worse - cruelly exploits the desperation of its own people, the Palestinians that it's supposed to lead and protect.
I woke up to a siren today. You know how you come to hate the sound of your alarm, the one that lets you know the night's up, it's time for work, for kids, for the day to start? So you change it every few months, and you definitely hit snooze at least twice. There's no snooze button for sirens.
Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.
You can never achieve a lasting peace if a major player in the conflict is excluded from the process. If Netanyahu will not muster the courage for a creative long-term strategy, the next escalation with Hamas is only a matter of time.