A growing number of people are protesting Israel's actions despite western propaganda
Public opinion is turning on Israel and their tactics in the Occupied Territories. While the western media and our federal governments (Canada and the US in particular) continue to tow a staunchly pro-Israel line in their reporting and policies with the events unfolding in Gaza, public opinion is slowly turning the other way. While the establishment continues to remain tilted towards the right-wing government of Israel, global opinion is shifting against Israel’s brutal course of actions.
Across the world, demonstrations are being held in several major cities; London, Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Berlin, as well as New York, Detroit and Chicago. Cities across the globe are experiencing a wave of protest against Israel’s crackdown on Gaza, some of which are being met with violence.
Though widely unreported in Western establishment media, several demonstrations have erupted across Israel, protesting the government of Netanyahu and the tactics of the Israeli Army. Responses against them have been as equally violent. I have also seen little coverage of the protests in the West Bank and the crackdown there.
The establishment reactions toward the wave of outrage against Israeli actions in Gaza are not insignificant. It reinforces the reality that Israeli terror tactics are not popular. The United States often says that it leads “the international community” and “global opinion.” Well, here global public-opinion is speaking louder and clearer than the media and our governments.
Not surprising, the United States continues to support the right-wing position in Israel. It is absolutely incredible, but yes. Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks recently made a stunning comparison between both an interview with John Kerry and Benjamin Netanyahu. Both men gave talking points that were almost identical in both content and delivery. Uygur’s comment of “Who does John Kerry work for?” seems very appropriate.
The changing of world opinion is very wide in this case. While it is true that activists have been protesting the over-handed tactics of Israel in the Palestinian Territories for years, the recent flair-up in the conflict has exposed a huge gap between the establishment and popular opinion on this issue. The longer Israel stays in Gaza, the wider the gap will become.