Apr. 13, 2016
Israel-Palestine: It’s Not as Simple as You Think – Tshediso Mangope
I visited the Israeli and Palestinian people and was shocked by the amount of falsehoods upon which my views on Israel were edificed. Regrettably, there has been a sustained campaign to demonize the State of Israel without adequately understanding the real issues. This is what continues to undermine the possibility of a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
Inside territories like Ramallah, there are extremists who savagely kill innocent Israeli women and children, and in turn they are celebrated as martyrs should they be killed in the line of fire with the Israeli army. Celebrating these extremists as martyrs undermines efforts to resolve the conflict. There must be an appreciation that Jewish people too deserve protection. Boycotting one side and completely exonerating the other can only perpetuate the conflict, not resolve it. The writer is a South African human rights activist.(Politicsweb-South Africa)