WHENEVER a nuanced conflict flares up, political figures, commentators and activists usually go one of three ways.
Stay quiet in the fear of espousing something controversial, decisively ‘choose a side’ or succumb to Both-Sideism (TM).
In theory, this may seem like the most sensible option – considering the arguments and actions of opposing sides in a conflict and attempting to negotiate with both may seem the quickest way to end battle.
But it’s just not the right attitude when it comes to some conflicts – especially when one side is being backed to the hilt by the most powerful nations. Earlier this week US President Joe Biden, who has surprised some leftists with seemingly progressive domestic policy said: “Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen was arguably worse, however. While the US-Israel relationship has been historically robust throughout any presidency, many would have looked to the so-called ‘progressive’ EU for moral guidance.
This sort of framing isn’t helpful with regards to understanding the nuances of the conflict, and is a travesty for those currently under siege – and the thousands in Palestine, Israel and around the world working together to end the occupation.
Redaction produced a report from yesterday’s Gaza march in Marble Arch in a bid to shed some light on international reaction to the conflict.
We hinted at Biden’s surprising progressivism a few paragraphs ago – echoing FDR, the 46th President is battling to pass through sweeping legislation on America’s crumbling infrastructure. Here’s why it’s so vital for the nation’s foundation.
But while Keir Starmer’s new Shadow Chancellor said they would consult Biden’s team on policy, they may want to sort out their own mess to avoid electoral oblivion. As if losing Hartlepool wasn’t bad enough, we could see Batley and Spen fall into Tory hands reasonably soon.
And in Germany, the battle for the German Chancellorship will be a long one for Armin Laschet, an expert has said.
One can only hope for the elusive concept of peace between Israel and Palestine – and for now, the only way to achieve it is through activism, negotiating and responsible journalism. Redaction will do its utmost to bring you the latter every single day.