http://www.mintpressnews.com/wikileaks-sony-hack-reveals-hollywoods-hand-in-repairing-israels-broken-image/205176/) on my Facebook page – and got a response that I think is worthy of further discussion.
(To explain that one a bit – as a teenager, I watched the movie Exodus over and over, fell in love with Paul Newman’s beautiful blue eyes and thought, “Of course, the Jewish people need a homeland after all they have been through! And it’s a “land without people for a people without land.” It wasn’t until I reached late middle-age, that I learned there was another side to the Exodus story – that, while Paul Newman was out-witting the British army and wooing Eva Marie Saint, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were being driven from their homes, creating what I now know as the Nakbah!)
But I digress. For many people like “Jane” the Exodus story is the only narrative they’ve heard – the only “truth” they know. And, while “Jane” and others like her are now starting to see that Israel’s policies are detrimental to the “peace process” that they support, they are not able to make the connection that many of the seeds of the “anti-Semitism” they are seeing have been planted by a government desperate to maintain its image as “the only Democracy in the Middle East” in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary.
“Jane” is one of the few people I know who does try to understand “the other,” and who has, in fact, increased her understanding on this issue in the few months that we have been discussing it. My concern is that many, if not most, people do not even try – preferring, instead, to stay in their safe little boxes of ignorance and intolerance.