Two rs21 activists have appeared on TV in the past 24 hours discussing the situation in Gaza and how best to deliver solidarity to Palestinians under attack from Israel. Barnaby Raine was interviewed by Stephen Dixon of Sky News about his role helping organise the Jewish blocs on recent Gaza solidarity demos, while Mona Dohle spoke to Al Jazeera about social media and other factors shifting public perceptions of Palestine.
“Israel likes to claim that all criticism of its policies can only be fuelled by antisemitism, which is both a cynical attempt to shut down debate and a genuine inability to understand that people can be shocked by its massacres without having an ulterior motive,” said Barnaby. “This is about an occupied people and an occupier – the religion of each side is pretty irrelevant.”
Mona spoke about public perceptions of the conflict as played out on social media through hashtags like #GazaUnderAttack. “Public opinion globally is turning against Israel and the popularity of the hashtags shows that,” she said. “But we should be careful not to overstate the importance of social media. There are other factors such as the growing protest movement in solidarity with Palestine, and revolutions in the Middle East that have allowed us to imagine a different political solution across the region.”