The Peace Activist: A Romantic Chronicle about Those that Pretend to Care

As we enter the fourth week of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, it seems as if the world media as well as countless “peace activists” are really forming a romantic relationship with the conflict. It is rare that a world event causes such a stir that even the brilliant minds of Selena Gomez as well as members of the band “One Direction” decide to put their “peace lover” hats on. At this point we really may have seen it all. From celebrities, to the U.N, from Paris to Miami, everyone seems to be on board with vocalizing their disappointment with the Jewish State.

What is odd about this global outcry, and what’s unique about this operation in Gaza, is that it should be very clear which side has the moral upper-hand. Whereas final status issues surrounding the Arab-Israeli conflict continue to demand some rational and healthy debate, this specific operation in Gaza- where Israel is fighting an internationally recognized, oppressive, corrupt, and abusive, terror group is much more straightforward than the grand scheme of the Middle East conflict.

On the most basic level, on one side you have a democracy with equal representation amongst its citizens, a state where women have equal rights to their male counterparts, a state where homosexuals and minorities have equal rights, and a legal system that provides for such equality under the law that even the Israeli prime minister can be imprisoned with the help of an Arab supreme court justice.

On the other side you have Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist organization that was founded on the premise that Israel should be wiped off the map. They openly sponsor TV programs and summer camps designed to breed hate, they openly execute political opposition and make no secret of their belief that women should not hold leadership positions. It seems like if you are a homosexual or simply a minority (including Christians and Jews) in Hamas controlled Gaza you better learn to enjoy hanging off tall trees by your neck.



Moreover, there is no denying that Hamas fired around 200 rockets before Israel began retaliating. With all the talk about Israel needing to have the right to defend itself, why is it that when Israel finally retaliates against a hail of rockets from Gaza that we hear international outcry and condemnation?

An analysis of the international protests in the context of what is happening in the Middle East can help answer the question.

Newsweek cover
Newsweek cover

According to a recent Newsweek article titled Exodous :

“France has suffered the worst violence, but anti-Semitism is spiking across Europe, fuelled by the war in Gaza. In Britain, the Community Security Trust (CST) says there were around 100 anti-Semitic incidents in July, double the usual number. The CST has issued a security alert for Jewish institutions. In Berlin a crowd of anti-Israel protesters had to be prevented from attacking a synagogue. In Liege, Belgium, a café owner put up a sign saying dogs were welcome, but Jews were not allowed.”

In the U.S, things are not that much better. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency:

“On Monday morning, an Orthodox synagogue in North Miami Beach, Fla., Congregation Torah V’Emunah, found a swastika and the word Hamas scrawled on the outside of the building. A day earlier, cars owned by a Jewish family in Miami Beach were egged, smeared with cream cheese, and defaced with graffiti reading “Jew” and “Hamas.”


In Malibu, Calif., graffiti reading “Jews=Killers” and “Jews are Killing Innocent Children” appeared near the entrance to a Jewish summer camp. Pro-Palestinian graffiti was sprayed on a Chabad center in Las Vegas and on an Orthodox synagogue in Lowell, Mass.


In Chicago, leaflets threatening the Jewish community were left on car windshields on July 19,

If all these attacks were not enough, the hashtag #HitlerWasRight was trending on social media as Israel began its operation in Gaza.

Besides the openly hateful nature of these protests, one may still argue that their overall intentions were just and reasonable. But then, where are the international protests and condemnations of the Arabs dying in Syria? The death toll in the tyrannical state is already in the hundreds of thousands. More Arabs died in these Syrian massacres than have died in the entire history of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Last week alone, more than seventeen hundred Syrians died in one of the countries’ deadliest weeks. People are being shot in the back and found in mass graves, yet we see no trending twitter hashtags, UN condemnations, or mass protests.

In Iraq, where ISIS has all but taken over, the Christian community is being marked, targeted, taxed heavily or worse – forcibly converted or simply murdered. This is the same place where ISIS decreed that all women must undergo female genital mutilation or face the barrel of a rifle.


In Qatar, literally thousands of Migrant workers are dying as slaves while preparing for the World Cup in 2022. Overall, the state of the Middle East should call for protests, but everyone’s eyes are facing Zion for all the wrong reasons.

It seems unfathomable that during times where entire communities are facing verbalized existential threats, Israel continues to be the primary recipient of criticism from the international community. The manner in which the criticism is being thrown at the tiny democracy allows for an understanding of the root of the unjust calls for the destruction of Israel. For those that claim to be “peace activists” and for those that choose to support Hamas in the current conflict, here are the words of African American civil rights activist Chloe Valdary:

“If your heroes are clerics who sit in Gaza plotting the genocide of a people; who place their children on rooftops in the hopes they will get blown to bits; who heap praises upon their fellow gang members when they succeed in murdering Jewish school boys and bombing places of activity where Jews congregate—you do not get to claim that you are some Apollonian advocate of human virtue. You are not”

Authored By: Ron Feingold

About the Author
Ron Feingold is the Director of Public Relations and Journalism for Students Supporting Israel- an international organization founded in Minnesota. While presiding over the University of Minnesota Chapter of Students Supporting Israel he also serves as an Emerson fellow for StandWithUs, a Hasbara Fellow, Liason to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), as well as the Myron Zimmerman Award winner from the ZOA. Having been trained by the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America, his work has been published in the Times of Israel, Truth Revolt, Campus Reform, the Minnesota Daily, the MN Republic and more. His political work includes being an intern for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and an intern for Senate candidate Mike McFadden.