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Op-ed | Zionists and Coffee: A critique of Facebook in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 08:11

Further, they should not disregard the opinions of others who disagree with them. Members’ claims that pro-Israel voices are misinformed are dangerous because they criticize a person’s understanding of the facts when it is a divergence in opinion, not ignorance that is responsible for the disagreement. This group, exemplified by their recent Facebook posts, has chosen to focus on information only relevant to their cause and ignore the rest. The problem with posting on Facebook is the tendency to be one-sided. 

To all you vocal Facebook-ers: do not be ignorant and post opinions without being fully knowledgeable on the matter, and be empathetic. This issue is not simple; so do not make it out to be. Violence is horrible and should be stopped, and unfortunately there is violence coming from both sides. As I mentioned, sensitivity is key. I have been upset this week from what I have seen, so I feel the urge to speak. There are many issues that need to be solved in this conflict, and none of them will be worked towards through biased Facebook posts.

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Robert Persky is a sophomore majoring in international relations and film who has no affiliation with Friends of Israel, J Street U or Students for Justice in Palestine. He can be reached at Robert.Persky@tufts.edu. 

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