World Press Freedom Day… Except Where There Isn’t Freedom

Today is World Press Freedom Day.  A day that won’t be observed in the countries exhibiting the most egregious violations of freedom- Iran, North Korea, and of course Syria.

And in Palestine, protests are underway demanding freedom for the Palestinians and not just freedom for the press.

Israel and its defenders often boast that it is the “only democracy in the Middle East,” where people can openly express opposition to government policies. However, when comparing a protest in Tel Aviv for “social justice” with one in the West Bank for Palestinian rights, it becomes clear that the freedom to demonstrate and the means used to disperse them depend on where you are and who you are. This illustration is the third in a series of infographics on the effect of the occupation on the Palestinian civilian population.

Here’s the eye opener (click to enlarge) :

It’s easy to see who is treated with kid gloves and who with an iron fist.  Freedom for the Palestinians will never be a reality until they have their own State.  It’s time.  Or will the government of Netanyahu be allowed to forever oppress the Palestinians in just the same way that the governments of Syria, North Korea, and Iran oppress their dissidents?

About Jim

I am a Pastor, and Lecturer in Church History and Biblical Studies at Ming Hua Theological College.
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2 Responses to World Press Freedom Day… Except Where There Isn’t Freedom

  1. Rik Rasmussen says:

    If they were wanting to found a nation of peace and not one of hate and killing the so called Palestinians could have had it a long time ago. The response to “demonstrations” is in proportion to the nature of the demonstrations. What alarms me is the form of demonstration that involves hate and chaos is now showing up on our streets. King and Gandhi had a peaceful approach and were effective.


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