I like to support those who are brave enough to have an opinion. Knysna’s Mike Wood is likely to have angered some of his social group with his latest blog. He touched on an important topic there, that of cultural bias as a motivator.
Few can think for themselves or out of the box so peer group comes into play. When we were growing up, as white kids, the Israeli’s were good and the Arabs were bad the same way black was scary and white was safe. Mothers, churches, books and movies told us that that was the real world… except that it wasn’t.
There’s good and bad in everyone, every country, everything!
As difficult as it was for my generation to shake off cultural bias, so it would be even harder for the older generation to do the same. Most of the ridiculous comments i’ve heard regarding Gaza have originated from people over 50. Opinions such as these have been expletives rather than opinions backed up. They refuse to understand that one can live in a world where we can be both against Arab women being flogged for showing their faces and be against Palestinian kids being bombed. They don’t get that it’s a choice between good and evil, not Jews and ‘Arabs’.
In their cloud of convenient hate, they don’t realise that there are also good people in Israel opposing their government’s actions in Gaza and spread in the West Bank, they same way there were liberal whites in the Eighties fighting apartheid in South Africa.
See what Mike Wood has to say – www.michaelconradwood.com/sheikh-jarrah-east-jerusalem-jesus-wept.