‘Bothsidesism’ holds Palestinians responsible for their own oppression




Fig. 1. The ruins of a terminal at the Gaza airport. Image by Said Khatib (Agence France-Presse) on September 9, 2018, via the Times of Israel,[1] fair use.

Coverage of the Israel Hamas War seems almost exclusively bothsidesist.

Such coverage necessarily assumes that the pogroms waged against Jews over millennia in any way justify the seizure of Palestinian land, the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes, the ongoing abuse, deprivation, humiliation, and dehumanization of brutal occupation.

The trouble here is that Palestinians weren’t the people who committed most of those pogroms. Europeans did that. Indeed, this is one of the rationalizations for placing Israel where it is: Europe was judged unsafe for Jews.

It should be Europeans paying the price, not Palestinians.

Joseph Krauss and Wafaa Shurafa, “As strikes devastate Gaza, Israel forms unity government to oversee war sparked by Hamas attack,” Associated Press, October 11, 2023, https://apnews.com/article/israel-palestinians-gaza-hamas-airstrikes-hostages-e4ae51a640a3fc04b23ea9561703f874



Commercial real estate

Fig. 1. “The iconic Crescent stands as recognizable landmark in the upscale neighborhood of Uptown, Dallas.” Photograph by Dallasedits [pseud.], July 5, 2016, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0.

Akila Quinio, “Office space vacancies in US and London reach at least 20-year highs,” Financial Times, October 10, 2023, https://www.ft.com/content/698f41af-0d88-424b-80b0-241be01dac35

Jake Blumgart, “Philadelphia compares well to other downtowns on return to office and tourism, but not close to 2019 numbers,” Philadelphia Inquirer, October 11, 2023, https://www.inquirer.com/real-estate/commercial/center-city-philadelphia-remote-work-inequality-20231011.html



Christopher Columbus statue

Fig. 1. Christopher Columbus statue in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park. Photograph by Darrell Sapp, apparently June 12, 2020, via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,[2] fair use.

Megan Guza, “Future of Schenley Park’s Columbus statue heads to higher court,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 10, 2023, https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2023/10/09/pittsburgh-schenley-park-christopher-columbus-statue-lawsuit-italian-sons-and-daughters/stories/202310090063

  1. [1]Agence France-Presse and Times of Israel, “20 years after its opening, destroyed Gaza airport embodies grounded peace hopes,” Times of Israel, September 12, 2018, https://www.timesofisrael.com/20-years-after-its-opening-destroyed-gaza-airport-embodies-grounded-peace-hopes/
  2. [2]Jade Campos, “Columbus statue in Schenley Park vandalized,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, June 12, 2020, https://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2020/06/12/christopher-columbus-statue-vandalized-pittsburgh-phipps-schenley-park/stories/202006120120

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