Some causes have acquired an abundance of defensors. Others,
struggling to find advocates, are increasingly vulnerable in the face
of relentless, aggressive coverage by partial (or ignorant) media
often sustaining stereotypes and caricatures, adding insult to injury.
The cause of dispossessed people is a just one; Palestinians have been
enduring hardship for the better part of a century, their situation
with every so-called peace initiative getting worse, not better.
Likewise, the cause of people suppressed by oppressive regimes is
just. Throughout the Middle East and the Arab world, the double curse
of occupation and repression remains, denying the people of the region
the most basic human rights.
These issues must be talked about, written about, and disputed, and
the institutions, people and media in free societies have a moral
obligation to challenge the status quo. Hopefully, they too will
become moderators amidst polarized hearts and minds, and challengers
of international double standards
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