Calling out the rhetoric of dehumanisation
I love the way you say things because it's so clear. Two things, three things can be true without a doubt the ultimate truth being that the Palestinian people deserve to be free. Thank you for this.
So well said.
Conditional empathy is an oxymoron. It’s like when abusers say they “unconditionally love” you. Your love and empathy should never be conditional.
My God, does this resonate. Since the start of the Palestine/Israel war, I've heard people talk about how Palestinians are "inbreeding" which I've loudly denounced. Whenever a black person is shot, it's the "Well, they were no saint" bullshit. In every case, there is NEVER an excuse to kill someone. There is NEVER an excuse to say these people or those people deserve it.
I had a conversation like this with someone. When they dropped that "inbreeding" crap, I warned against believing that stuff. "They're trying to dehumanize them" came out of my mouth, and then I reminded that person that hey, the royal family marries its own cousins so get over the attitude. I got snappy. I get so tired of the Fox News bullshit. And that's exactly where it's coming from.
You are spot on with where the "concern" is coming from.
Thank you for this post, Sharon. It's been on my mind a lot lately, and you've made some excellent points.