The Palestinians are largely helpless, ignored by the world's only superpower which controls the discourse and prevents imposition of international sanctions at the UN and member state level, including other Arab and Muslim nations corrupted by oil revenues, indifference to the anger of their own citizens, and outright US intimidation and bribery.
This isolation drives occasional, largely impotent acts of vengeance and violent self-assertion which are then used by Israel to justify further repression and asymmetrical violence.
The US media collaborate in this corruption. In the first half of 2008, for example, the conflict has cost seven Israelis their lives while some 400 Palestinians have died, but only Israeli deaths are reported and decried. In late June 2008 a Palestinian bulldozer attack on Israelis made headlines around America, but more than 18,000 Israeli bulldozer attacks on Palestinian homes and families for the past 40 years have gone unreported in the US media.
Since Palestinians risk their lives by resisting, and have often been killed just for peacefully demonstrating, others must come to their aid who are better able to advocate openly on their behalf. Since the US is the key enabler of Israeli abuse, this leaves the job to our citizens.
We are doing our best, writing letters to the editor, broadcasting local cable TV discussions, sponsoring and providing public presentations, and engaging in regular informational displays such as shown above left, displaying images such as those at right, and distributing copies of key articles from recognized scholars, journalists and human rights advocates.
Student movements have consistently been at the heart of social reform, so we also collaborate with university student organizations. A paper by one graduating university senior addressing these issues is shown below.
Demand Freedom, Justice and Equality in the Holy Land