This piece was written by CAMERA intern Seth Greenwald. The full version is available in The Times of Israel, and the link is below.
As human beings, we are hardwired to be empathetic, hardwired to support the underdog and to care for those who seem to be worse off than we ourselves are. Often, and sometimes rightfully so, we ignore the history that brought a person to their unfortunate place in order to focus only on boosting them up into self-sustainability.
The Palestinian people have become that underdog whom the world is so determined to empower to self-sustainability and self-determination in their own state, a state separate from the Jewish State. In the quest to support the Palestinian people, artists across the world have fallen victim to the propaganda campaign espoused by radical anti-Israel activists at organizations like the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign, If Americans Knew, and the college group, Students for Justice in Palestine.
When individuals and artists hear facts like “Israel forcibly removed…” or “Israel systematically ethnically cleansed…” or “Israel is evicting…” etc., etc., it is only reasonable to assume they will be determined to fight for the underdog—the Palestinians. This hypothetical is true in reality as shown by pro-Palestinian songs such as: We Will Not Go Down (Michael Heart), Israel Palestine Peace Rap (Robert Foster), and Freedom for Palestine (Coldplay and One World). These songs are so powerful and swaying that had I not known the facts, I would have immediately dedicated myself to the Palestinian cause, serving at the forefront of every protest and rally, attempting to make a difference.