Palestine Issue is Not a Trend

The whole world knows little about the Palestine issue that begun with the Balfour Declaration of 2nd November 1917 by the British Government. Most of us are more aware when a country became patches of land and lately the desecration of the Al Aqsa mosque, bombings, destruction of buildings, farms and produce.

When we mention the word trend, it means something that is currently popular or widely discussed online within a short period of time. On 7th May 2021, al-Aqsa mosque was attacked by the Israel Zionist forces and the news spread all over the world and all of a sudden Palestinian issue was trending.

This is a cause for concern as Palestine issue is not supposed to be a trend as it is an ongoing disastrous matter that involves live and death. After the al-Aqsa mosque attack, the ethnic cleansing and state-sanctioned violence started and reached a peak, the whole world voiced their concern and support for them went sky high. But when the cease-fire was officially announced, everyone was jubilant as all the shooting and bombing stopped. Everyone was relieved even on the social media postings slowed down. And this allows the Israel Zionists to take stock, replenish their weapons with the support of their funders and suppliers. They had time to take stock, set new plan and go into another rampage, of plundering, terrorizing men, women and children, taking over homes, plantations and land.

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The onslaught of the Palestine issue brought a lot of attention when it went trending. For example, what happened in Sheikh Jarrah caught the attention of the media world so it became viral and trending for a period of time. The settlers stealing Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Lifta were then trending. According to the United Nations (UN), ‘Human rights include the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, the right to work and education, and many more.  Everyone is entitled to these rights, without discrimination’ including the Palestinians.

Social media is able to spread the news visually in real time that grabs the attention of the people all around the world. This made the Palestine issues trending. When all of the news, facts, videos, stories and everything that is related going through your timeline, you will get updated from the postings and shares that it spread like wild fire.

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The unethical removal and disabling of real time postings or general postings of the Palestinian makes netizens more upset and aware of the issue.  According to an article from Al-Jazeera titled ‘Digital apartheid: Palestinians being silenced on social media’ by Omar Zahzah, Zoom, Facebook and Youtube blocked the online academic event “Whose Narratives? What Free Speech for Palestine?” co-sponsored by the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies program at San Francisco State University, the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUFCA), and the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI).

Silencing the issue by removing and disabling posting makes the international public upset and aware. Please keep on spreading awareness as the victimised Palestinians need our voices. It really matters because the day we become silent about the things that matter is the moment our lives begin to end, said Shenita Etwaroo, an author of Alexandra.

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