Confession: I have relied on the internet – bona fide news sources, not listicles like, “10 Things you don’t know about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” – for information about what is, and has been, happening in and surrounding Gaza. I have first read those articles shared by people I know and trust, and also searched for ways to learn the origins and history, though I certainly do not have anything like a comprehensive understanding.
Question: What would you tell me are the keys to understanding what is happening, and what is your personal connection to or investment in the situation? (Please know that this could be, “I am a human being and so are the people who live there,” this is not limiting in any way)
Hope: I hope to learn from the people in my life who have followed the news for the last month, year, decade, half-century, and can provide a current events dunce with critical facts. I hope to reach out to those people in my life who are connected to this situation. And I hope to let the people in my life know that I am paying attention. I don’t share or post on social media because I do not feel well-enough informed to do so, but I recognize that my silence is, in a way, complicity. Or if not, at the very least, a lack of alliance with and support for my loved ones who are being persecuted, frightened, and enraged by actions and words here and elsewhere.
Please help me understand what this means to you, how you see it affecting the world as a whole, and what I can do to be an ally.