In a small effort to provide balance, I'm planning to produce a three-minute video that will enable viewers to feel what it's like to be an Israeli. I'll then ask, "Now, if you were the president of the United Nations, would you pass a pro-Israeli or pro-Palestinian initiative?"
Here's a draft outline the video and would welcome your feedback:
What Would You Do?
Imagine that scary people broke into your apartment and systemically, horrifically murdered everyone in your family because of your ethnicity except you, destroying your home in the process.
You had called 911 for help but they ignored you--they didn't believe such a thing could happen. So, afterwards, partly out of guilt, the government gives you and others who were similarly persecuted, a new home, free of charge.
The problem is that the homes are in the desert and many of the people in all the surrounding communities, for thousands of years, have hated the people of your ethnicity. But with the scars of your family's murder vivid in your mind, a thirst for a safe haven of your own set aside for your people, and with reassurances from the government that it will protect you, you accept.
Residents of the surrounding communities relentlessly threaten to kill you and the people of your ethnic group, and one day, when many of them, carrying guns, line up near your back door, you surprise them with your own machine gun and kill a number of them whereupon they retreat. In the process, you and your ethnic brethren take over a small part of one of the surrounding communities to use as a security buffer. When you receive the surrounding communities' governments' assurances of your safety, you leave that area.
Alas, soon after, members of the surrounding communities start shooting bullets through your windows again. They send terrorists to blow up your cafes, your religious ceremonies, your buses. You suffer few casualties but you live in terror. The attacks get more accurate and stronger.
Then a neighboring community elects a government sworn to destroy you.
Then members of the all the neighboring communities attend to a prestigious meeting calling your people the worst in the world.
Now, one of those communities has acquired a weapon that could blow up your house, those of your ethnic brethen, and kill you all instantly.
What would you do?
That is the situation the Israelis are facing:
After the Holocaust, the United Nations encouraged the Jews to create a safe-haven homeland in Israel, an area containing mostly Jews and some low-income Palestinian farmers. The latter could stay under Israeli rule or try to resettle in any of the surrounding Muslim nations but none of those nations would accept the Palestinians.
Israel was threatened again and again by the Muslim nations and by the Muslims within Israel. The Muslims are a very religious people and their bible, the Koran, in 20 places, demands that Muslims kill the Jews (and Christians.). Muslim leaders and schools today routinely call for the killing of Jews
In 1967, when Egyptian and Syrian armies mounted their armies on the Israeli border, the Israeli army preempted them and took over the Gaza Strip, a security buffer between Egypt and Israel.
When international assurances of Israel's security were given, Israel withdrew its troops.
Through the years and accelerating, terrorist organizations supported by Iran--Hamas, Hezbollah, and Islamic Jihad--sent ever stronger bombs into Israel.
In 2006, the Palestinians elected the terrorist group Hamas as its official government. Hamas is committed to the destruction of the Jews.
Iran is putting finishing touches on a nuclear bomb and its president, a Holocaust denier, has said he wants "Israel wiped off the face of the earth."
If you were an Israeli citizen, how would you feel? What would you want your leaders to do? If you were the head of the United Nations, what would you do?
Viewers could then comment on YouTube and/or The Israel Project website.
So dear readers of this blog, do you think such a video would be effective in helping people appreciate Israel's situation? Care to offer a suggestion for improvement or even an entirely different approach?