Calling it What it Isn’t: Misinformation on the Israel-Hamas War

Letter to the Editor in response to “Black and White: The Withheld History of Palestine and Israel” by Anonymous.

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Anonymous makes several false and misleading claims throughout their article, which also fails due to both its extreme bias and failure to provide a solution.

The numerous opportunities for Palestinian statehood, including the 2000 Camp David Summit, have all been rejected by Palestinian leadership. Where would we be today if Palestinian leadership had been willing to compromise? Anonymous sees this as a one-sided conflict with Israel as the colonialist aggressor and refuses to acknowledge any faults of Palestinian leaders.

Not only does this spread misinformation, but it prevents any real discussion of long-term solutions—Israel isn’t going anywhere, and acting under the assumption that Palestinian statehood cannot be realized while Jewish Statehood exists harms any sort of productive discourse.

Regarding the note at the end of the article, I agree that discussing one group’s suffering shouldn’t be dependent on acknowledging others, but that’s not the issue here. What Anonymous implied by failing to provide any context is that this war is entirely unjustified and that the right of the Jewish people to have a state in the Land of Israel has no basis in reality and history.