Generation Z will release Palestine | Conflict between Israel and Palestine
This time the situation is different-Palestine’s struggle for equality and freedom has entered a new radical stage.
In the face of Israel’s recent violations of their rights and lives in the occupied East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip, the Palestinians not only demonstrated unprecedented courage and unity, but also launched a landmark strike, which is decades old. For the first time, with the full support of both parties, Fatah and Hamas.
In addition, the same new event of solidarity with the Palestinians has also appeared on the international stage.
On social media, thousands of people around the world have used hashtags like #SaveSheikhJarrah and #Gazaunderattack to condemn Israel’s recent deadly attacks on the Palestinians. Despite the tireless efforts of Israel and social media companies to keep them silent, they have raised awareness of Israel’s illegal occupation and Israel’s repeated violations of Palestinian human rights and international law.
In addition, many members of the U.S. House of Representatives, including Rashida Tlaib and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, publicly referred to Israel as a segregated country for the first time. At the same time, Senator Bernie Sanders (Bernie Sanders) proposed a resolution to prevent the sale of weapons worth 735 million U.S. dollars to Israel in response to the 11-day bombing of the Gaza Strip by Israel, killing them. There were 253 Palestinians, including 66 children. Even Geraldo Rivera, a reporter who firmly supports Israel’s Fox News, air-condemned the United States for conspiring to participate in Israel’s war crimes and expressed support for stopping the sale of weapons to Israel.
Including John Oliver, Bella Hadid, Susan Sarandon, Malala Yousafzai, Paul Bo Public figures and celebrities including Paul Pogba and Kyrie Irving have condemned Israel’s apartheid practices and used their platforms to raise awareness of the Palestinian struggle for justice and peace.
Moreover, the explosion of global support for Palestine cannot be temporary: as the growing influence of social justice movements such as MeToo and Black Lives Matter has shown, young people around the world are more eager to face domestic and foreign affairs than ever before. Injustice. They support the Palestinian struggle more than any previous generation, and they are not afraid to censor and criticize Israel’s propaganda about its occupation and other inhumane and illegal acts.
Of course, this does not mean that the new generation known as Generation Z has not encountered any obstacles in expressing solidarity with the Palestinians.
Large technology companies like Facebook and Google are working overtime to remove criticism of Israel and Zionism from their influential platforms. Since the recent escalation of violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and Gaza began, these companies have been censoring posts and videos of activists, activists and other Palestinian allies with the goal of raising awareness and sharing information about Israeli war crimes and human rights violations. After the channel continued to report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, YouTube even increased the age limit on Al Jazeera’s live broadcasts. The restriction was lifted only after widespread criticism of the move.
Popular gaming platforms and blogs among Generation Z, such as IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku, and Game Informer, all issued statements of support for the Palestinians and compiled links to Palestinian charities after the latest Israeli bombing of Gaza began . However, some of these companies later deleted these statements and articles, raising concerns that they are also under pressure to silence any criticism of Israel on the platform.
The censorship of Israeli criticism is not limited to social media and blogs. Major Western media organizations are still reporting Israel-Palestinianism with undeniable pro-Israel bias, and refuse to recognize Israel’s apartheid, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
Moreover, despite the young Americans calling for social justice at home and abroad, the current US government has not expressed its hope to change Washington’s Israeli policy and no longer support Israel’s routine and deadly attacks on the Palestinian people.
Perhaps most crucially, the social justice activism of Generation Z and its radical support for Palestinian human rights and land rights are fighting back in a narrative way, in an attempt to naive and morbid it.
In the media, members of Generation Z are often labeled as anxious, depressed, and insane people who waste time sharing meaningless videos on the popular app TikTok. As a result, their political activism was ridiculed and regarded as an intellectual irritability. This method of legitimizing resistance and activism by portraying as irrational and emotional is certainly nothing new, and racial, sexual, and political minorities have long suffered such attacks.
Despite these numerous obstacles, the Tikitok generation has triggered a new wave of radical solidarity among the Palestinians and has successfully brought their decades of struggle for justice into focus.
Of course, as early as when the members of Generation Z were young, we were already reading reports, research and news reports about young people’s increasing support for Palestine, but the activism of Generation Z was different from that of the previous generation.
Unlike millennials, the latter’s limited support for Palestine is usually only decorative and never translated into concrete actions, and what Gen Z does is more than just issue empty solidarity statements. They are organizing campaigns and forcing universities and other public institutions to take action. Not only did they relentlessly face anti-Semitist rhetoric, but they also took on the task of spreading Israeli propaganda and trying to make the Palestinians inhumane. They actively call on governments to stop selling bombs to Israel, which they know will be used to kill Palestinian civilians. They are not afraid to call it Israel: a settler colony apartheid country.
This cultural shift in Palestine was behind the influential BLM and MeToo movements, which emphasized the intersection of social justice issues from racism and sexism to colonial oppression. Today, an overwhelming majority of young people regard the Palestinian struggle as an important part of the effort to achieve justice, equality and freedom for all. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that in the next few years, the voice of support for Palestine will become even greater The sound is more influential.
The latest Israeli attack on the Palestinian people may end with a ceasefire, but the Palestinian struggle is far from over. But today, thanks to a new generation who regard fighting injustice and oppression as their responsibility and privilege, I am more hopeful than ever because the Palestinian people are no longer unable to gain freedom and justice.
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