John Green and the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

I want to start this post by saying I’m completely biased when it comes to the above mentioned conflict, as I am currently writing this from Israel, the country in which I was born and raised. That being said, it gives me authority to talk about it, something John Green lacks.

What upset me most about the Crash Course video (that, if you’ve somehow missed, is right here) is that if it were a pinch more to the Palestinian’s favour, it would have been a stand and not facts. Only, of course, everyone who knows the situation well enough knows, these are not facts. The video makes it seem like it’s the whole truth, when at parts it’s not even true- not to mention all of it.

For example, did you notice how they failed to mention 1973? That year in which the most difficult war occured, where we lost literally thousands of men, and also a lot of the land gained in 1967? Ha, how easy was that to forget. Also: Hamas is popular because of social project in Gaza? So I take it you’ve not seen how they launch their missiles from schools, so that if someone dares to shoot back, they’ll have nice photos of the dead, innocent children they so like to hide behind.

I was really excited, though, around the end. “In the past ten years, Hamas has frequently launched rocket attacks into Israel, Israel has responded…” and you know, I thought, here we have it, finally how things really happened, “with extended and extremely violent invasions to Palestinian territory and have seen thousands of Palestinians killed” ah nope nevermind.

I may have gotten more sensetive over the years when it comes to this conflict, I think it’s because I’ve seen my best friends, my own sister, and possibly in the upcoming 2015, also myself, in military uniform. Also, it might be the fact that I can now say I personally knew people who died because of it. But, irregardless, let me leave you with this: My history teacher in High School used to tell us, it annoys her when people say, “How is it that Israel have won all their wars, and always lost less men? They must be the bad guys in this”. What these people don’t understand, unfortunately, is that if Israel lost a war, there would probably not be Israel anymore. 

Mr. Green, I really appreciate you and your work, but if you’re going to attempt to recap the world’s history, you’re gonna have to do better than that.


Jewish And Arab People Posing Together Online, ‘Refusing To Be Enemies’

In the midst of news about the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, some people are posting photos online for an international social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter, with the hashtag, #JewsAndArabsRefuseToBeEnemies. 

Thank you Eddie Vedder for speaking up for peace in our world…. The people of Palestine and Israel deserve peace and prosperity. It is time to stop repeating the same old arguments, dogma and hate speech. It is the knuckleheads on both sides that should be criticized and not the singer from a rock band.
—  Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic voices his support for Eddie Vedder and the singer’s recent anti-war comments

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Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era by Julia Phillips Cohen

Osman’s Dream: The History of the Ottoman Empire by Caroline Finkel

A Brief History of the Late Ottoman Empire by M. Sükrü Hanioglu

The Arabs of the Ottoman Empire, 1516-1918: A Social and Cultural History by Bruce Masters

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The Ottoman Empire, 1700-1922 (New Approaches to European History) by Donald Quataert

Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire: Transjordan, 1850-1921 (Cambridge Middle East Studies) by Eugene L. Rogan

Palestine in Transformation, 1856-1882: Studies in Social, Economic and Political Development by Alexander Scholch

The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World (Cambridge Studies in Islamic Civilization) by Baki Tezcan

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Israel launches military offensive against Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip

The Israeli military launched what could be a long-term offensive against the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday striking nearly 100 sites in Gaza and mobilizing troops for a possible ground invasion aimed at stopping a heavy barrage of rocket attacks against Israel.

The military said “Operation Protective Edge” looks to strike the Islamic Hamas group and end the rocket fire that has reached deeper into Israel and intensified in recent weeks.

The attacks come as tensions have soared over the killing of three Israeli teenagers and the apparent revenge killing of a Palestinian teenager by three Jewish suspects. (AP)

(Photos by AP Photo/Eyad Baba, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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