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The Denome’s Advocate: Israel, an apartheid state? (Opinion)

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Author’s note: It has come to my attention that this article has garnered extreme criticism from the opposing perspective. However, after a number of productive conversations on the issue with critics, and doing further research, my stance on the issue has not changed. I understand, though, that many statements were made without source attribution. So in that regard, I have made several corrections and clarifications to the article and cited sources, as noted in the revision below.



he entire world, not just the U.S., seems to be on edge lately. Along Gaza’s border with Israel, in the always-contentious Middle East, 29 Palestinian citizens were killed last week in protests against the Israeli government, mostly by Israeli snipers, according to NPR.

Normally, I leave discussing world issues to my colleague Aishwarya, but something about the Gaza protests in particular struck a nerve with me. This kind of violence doesn’t happen in America during protests; there’s no reason it should happen in Gaza, or anywhere else.

While militants from the terrorist group Hamas were among the protesters killed, a number of citizens perished in the violence as well, and thousands more were wounded, according to NPR. Among the citizens killed was a Palestinian journalist, Yaser Murtaja, who was wearing a jacket that clearly marked him as a member of the press.

Israel claimed that the protests had turned violent and citizens were being encouraged by Hamas, as an Israeli army spokesperson said to foreign press. However, there’s no excuse for shooting journalists who are clearly labeled as such, or other bystanders such as farmers, as NPR also reported. A pro-Palestinian legal organization, Adalah, called the response to the protests a violation of international law.

This isn’t the first time Israel has viciously treated Palestinians; it’s been a common occurrence for about a half-century, in both Israel itself and the occupied territories that Israel controls. Since 2000, over 7,000 Palestinians have been killed in conflicts with israel, as compared to just over 1,000 Israelis, according to B’tselem, an organization that tracks human rights abuses by Israel in occupied Palestinian territories.

However, tensions ratcheted up even further in late 2017 when America, under the direction of President Trump, announced that it would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, officially recognizing the city as Israel’s capital, according to the Washington Post. Palestinians — and much of the rest of the world — were outraged, with the U.N. soon passing a resolution condemning the U.S. decision 128-9, as the Post also reported.

While the protests last week were against Israel’s continued ban on travel from the Gaza Strip, the heightened tensions of late have likely played a hand in both Israel and Hamas’ more extreme behavior. And while Hamas has had a presence at the protests, throwing rocks and firebombs at Israel’s encampment, no Israeli soldiers have died so far, according to NPR.

Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians is eerily similar to how apartheid South Africa treated black citizens in the second half of the 20th century: with segregation, racism and needless violence. A report by a UN committee of Arab countries from 2017 accused Israel of committing apartheid-like international crimes.

The U.S. response to this? Rather than further investigating whether apartheid was actually happening in Israel, America, led by UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, threatened to stop funding programs perceived as “anti-Israel,” according to the Washington Post. Less than a year later, the U.S. announced the embassy move, sparking another round of protests.

Israel is responsible for the killings themselves, but the U.S. needs to examine its role in allowing their ally to continue to oppress the Palestinian people. Israel can claim it is the real victim and the Palestinians are obstructing peace all they want, but it does not really help their cause when they fire at protesters from behind a wall.

Updated 4/13/18

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40 Responses to “The Denome’s Advocate: Israel, an apartheid state? (Opinion)”

  1. Anon on April 11th, 2018 11:33 am

    This is a ridiculously simplified version of the events. The reporter clearly did not do any research into the politics of the area. It is not an “apartheid state” when the ruling party of Gaza vows for the destruction of Israel.
    The line, “And while Hamas, the terrorist group based in Gaza, has had a presence at the protests, they’ve yet to kill any Israeli soldiers” is utterly incorrect. Please check at how many rockets Hamas sends to Israel WEEKLY. Not aimed at military bases, aimed at CITIZENS.
    The information regarding the 2007 blockade of Gaza happened AFTER Gaza was granted independence and an airport. What did Gaza do with their new land? Import rockets and military weapons and began shooting at Israel. That is why there is a blockade. They were given a chance. Please conduct more research before writing a mindless article.

  2. Omer Meir on April 11th, 2018 11:55 am

    This is stupid. Hamas was using the citizens as human shield. Fact check yourself before spreading false information…. Also you should probably check out the history of the relations between the Israeli government and Hamas as you might learn some things.

  3. Ron Barzilay on April 11th, 2018 1:19 pm

    This article has a serious bias issue and claims that are objectively untrue. Unless you call guns, firebombing, burning tires, etc. peaceful protest, Gaza’s actions have been extremely violent. And this has only reflected Palestinian rhetoric, with leaders who look to infiltrate Israel and kill as many Jews as possible. While Hamas has had a long history of shooting tickets AT JEWISH CIVILIANS, Israel has consistently made choices to kill as few people as possible. Israel has fewer casualties because it has developed technology like the iron dome. Gaza instead uses funds that were meant for homes, schools, and hospitals for rockets and tunnels to infiltrate Israel. It is true that Israel can improve its treatments of Palestinians to some extent, but bluntly calling Israel an aparteid state is too big a step with this lack of evidence. Please do more to fact check and remove your bias with future articles.

  4. Misleading and Innacurate Article. on April 11th, 2018 2:28 pm

    This is an extremely misleading article and I am astonished it is published without fact check. This article fails to address that the “nonviolent” protests included not so “nonviolent” things such as car and tire burning and throwing objects, amongst other acts. In addition, it somehow skips over the fact that Israel has been terrorized by Palestinian terrorists for “half a century”, as little kids have been viciously stabbed in their own homes, mothers and fathers killed in front of their kids, whole families blown up and shot in their cars, old ladies stabbed while walking the street, a father and a teacher stabbed and killed as they await a bus, a shooting at a restaurant, the kidnap and murder of 3 Israeli high school boys, and many more. And this is just a glimpse of the horrors Palestinian terrorists have committed against Israelis in the last decade alone. The recent riots along the Gaza Strip have included Hamas smuggling terrorists out and using the “nonviolent” presentations as a distraction. Israel strives to achieve moral standards that any other army does not, and all one has to do is look at the facts, instead of believing the biased, agenda based articles such as this one. If you are interested, do your research. Educate yourself-get the facts: they speak for themselves.

  5. Niv Cohen on April 11th, 2018 3:27 pm

    All across the world countries shoot and possibly kill people for just stepping over the boarder into their country. In Isreal, my home town, if you cross the boarder not only will they just take you to jail, the essentially nurture you, give you a job, just because you don’t feel at home in your state and treat you as a refugee. Israel takes you in like one of their own because they have simpathy for you. Of course if you go into any country with the mindset of killing people they will capture and put you in jail just like israel and many other countries do. Please get rid of this very biased article because it does hurt many people personal given that these facts are exaggerated and very incorrect. Israel and Palestine are trying to both reach peace but Hamas is minipulating young children to commit horrific crimes. We will never reach peace if they are not stopped. Please just remove this article because it is very disrespectful towards both sides.

  6. Yarden Zinger on April 11th, 2018 5:13 pm

    80% of the Palestinians that were killed out of the whole boarder incident were part of Hamas which is a terrorist group that continuously fires rockets on Israel. Many of the protesters were not peaceful and attacked IDF soldiers. Only 2 of civilians that died were peaceful protesters that were slain by accident. Israel is not perfect when it comes to dealing with incidents in Gaza and the West Bank, but Israel also has the right to defend itself. Most news sources are very biased when it comes to the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. I recommend you look at sources like the Jerusalem Post and Haaretz.

  7. Amit Aloni on April 11th, 2018 6:10 pm

    This is really sad to read.
    Not because Israel has been doing bad things to the people of Gaza, but because so little research was done to truly confirm the argument of the article.
    Calling a country (the closest thing to a democracy in the entire middle east btw) an apartheid state is a very large accusation that requires mountains of research.
    You cite one source.
    If you had researched further, you would find that this is in fact not this singular instance of the big bad killing the underdog, but rather an ongoing struggle between a hate organization and a sovereign nation.
    Gaza has been firing missiles at densely populated Israeli cities for years, causing mass chaos, and only an advanced Iron Dome technology to keep the people safe. Teenagers have been kidnapped and Gazan citizens have been used as human shields. Hamas, the ruling government of Gaza, has been killing Israelis weekly through terror bombings and stabbings.
    This is not the action of a rebelling underdog. This is terrorism.
    Look, I’m not gonna say that Israel has been free of blame. These last attacks on the protesters crossed the line, I’ll admit. But calling Israel an apartheid state due to what should be classified as a war is plainly false and not based in research and evidence.
    Please, do your research before slandering one of the more prominent demographics at your school.

  8. Uri Benzion on April 11th, 2018 7:48 pm

    A very biased and under researched piece. First, you did only surface level research. Many of the “peaceful” protesters were carrying molotovs and burning tires, or trying to break the border between Israel and Gaza (which was established after many attacks on INNOCENT people in Israel after people for Gaza passed the border). Additionally, portraying Israel as a complete villain is completely inaccurate. Israel has been supplying Gaza with running water, and electricity. Additionally, even if in this protest the Hamas did not act violently (which as I stated before is inaccurate), there was reasonable suspicion for Israel that they would act in such a way. Your sources are also completely one sided, with all but one of them being anti-Israel. Your point about the capital of Israel being Jerusalem is also completely invalid, considering the reason you believe it is unjust is because a different country wanted it to be its capital. If you have a non violent solutions to dealing with a government and terrorist organization that are set on the destruction of Israel I can tell you that at least most of Israel is open to suggestions. If not, I expect either a correction of this article or a formal apology for obstructing the epitaph in such a bias and unjust manner.

  9. Anon on April 11th, 2018 8:25 pm

    With the large audience provided by the Epitaph comes the responsibility of publishing articles lacking any subjective remarks. The editors/school faculty are expected to review and fact check the articles written by the Epitaph’s journalists, but it appears that no sort of review took place prior to the release of this erroneously biased “news”. Homestead Epitaph, please be sure to ameliorate your process of editing and the release of factual information.

  10. adviser on April 12th, 2018 3:10 pm

    Hello, the article has not been published as a news piece, but as an opinion piece. There are no facts outlined in the article – only the opinions of the author.

  11. Blatant slander that does not show any of the facts on April 11th, 2018 8:26 pm

    I am disappointed by the Epitaph’s spreading of false information and blatant anti-Zionist sentiment that is baseball. Firstly, “apartheid” is the policy of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race and anyone who knows the definition knows that it can not be used to describe Israel. Israel is the only place in the middle east where there are equal rights, regardless of gender, religion, or sexual orientation. Israel is the only place in the area that allows for both Arabs and Jews to serve in parliament and aims for peace. You state that Hamas, a TERRORIST ORGANIZATION, has led ‘peaceful protests’ yet fail to mention the countless terrorist attacks that Hamas organizes in Israel, killing innocent civilians, mothers, children; Hamas happily accepts the credit for the murders they commit because of their deep-rooted hatred for Israel and Jews alike. You blatantly disregard most of the facts and instead portray a false narrative of what is happening. Next time, check facts and don’t go slandering the name of a peaceful country- I hope the Epitaph issues a formal apology for this hateful article and rectifies its errors.

  12. An on April 11th, 2018 8:31 pm

    This article was pretty biased. I think the other comments have said what I wanted to say so I’ll leave it at that.

  13. Gal Ben Haim on April 11th, 2018 9:12 pm

    first of all, if you really want to write an opinionated article, you should do research on it first! these people were crossing a border to another country, and hope nothing will happen! The IDF is defending Israel and protecting the Israeli citizens, and sacrificing their lives so that my family will be able to sleep in peace at night, which I am grateful for and can never thank enough. Next week is the Israeli National Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers, (which I am part of the big ceremony for) and I can tell you for sure, that Israeli Soldiers have been killed by the terrorist group, Hamas; otherwise, we would not have a ceremony EVERY year!! By the time I am going to graduate, I will be volunteering for the IDF, and I will be happy to serve my country and make sure that my family feels safe in their home!
    This just shows how writing about such a serious topic, without researching, leads to disappointment and biased and untrue facts!
    This article is the first Epitaph article I am reading and probably the last one, thanks for ruining my experience.
    Here is a source to help you check your facts:,7340,L-4555306,00.html

  14. Yael Kadar on April 11th, 2018 9:43 pm

    This is an incredibly biased article and very misleading. I cannot believe this article was published without a fact check, and am astonished that such an intolerant article was published in a school paper on such a controversial topic. I was very disappointed to read this on Homestead’s paper, especially because it is supposed to be a diverse and accepting school. For your information, the Hamas, among other terrorist groups have committed many atrocities against Israeli soldiers and civilians, as well as Palestinian citizens. Next week is the Israeli Remembrance Day for the fallen soldiers, who sacrificed their own lives to protect their country against these terrorists. You have not experienced what my friends and I have experienced; you have never had to shelter in the middle of class due to bomb attacks, or had to have gas masks in your house for every member of the family to be used in extreme situations. Most of my family members had to stay in shelter for days at a time due to these attacks. You DO NOT have the credibility or knowledge to present your opinions on this serious issue. This article is the definition of FAKE NEWS, and due to the obvious lack of knowledge portrayed here, I included a source so that you can check your facts. I expect a correction for this article and an apology.

  15. adviser on April 12th, 2018 3:09 pm

    Hi Yael, the article is an opinion piece (which tends to include bias) and does not relay facts, but solely the opinions of the author.

  16. A concerned citizen on April 11th, 2018 9:59 pm

    Pretty severe accusations toward Israel , without any grasp of reality unfortunately, if you ever bothered to see or read the news.
    Disappointed to witness our education system producing a high school student who is not resourceful enough to perform even the most basic research and instead signs his/her name next to a pile of fake news and a clear propoganda item.

  17. Aya on April 11th, 2018 11:48 pm

    Perfect answer sir!
    Good bless you and bless all Israeli soldiers!!!

  18. Maya Henneman on April 12th, 2018 8:57 am

    fake news.

  19. adviser on April 12th, 2018 3:07 pm

    Hi Maya, the article is not a news piece, but is an opinion piece, and has been labeled as such.

  20. Anonymous on April 12th, 2018 9:13 am

    I agree with a lot of the sentiments posted here in the comments. But this article is not “fake news” because it’s not actually news. It’s very clearly someone’s column and is also very clearly labeled as an opinion piece. As much as we might not agree with what he has to say, or think that his opinions are one-sided or even misinformed, it’s still his opinion and he’s entitled to it. Just like all of the commenters here are entitled to their opinion. If this article was posted as news, then I’d have a much bigger problem with it. Calling the article “biased” is correct, but it’s also okay, because – again – it’s an opinion piece. Opinion pieces typically are biased and one-sided.

  21. Upset on April 12th, 2018 9:57 am

    Thomas, thank you for sharing your feelings. Your thoughts. Your concerns. It’s irresponsible to parade your opinions around as facts, though. I challenge you to find objectivity in your writing. If your pieces are emotionally charged, you’ll only find what you’re already looking for.

    I’d like to think you were procrastinating and this protest was the perfect thing to write about at the last minute.

    In which case, maybe start by reading a book about Apartheid. Or maybe read about how Assad is gassing civilians. Or maybe the species of rhinoceros that are on the brink of extinction. Also, North Korea? Facebook? Russia?

    When I was a student at Homestead, people carved swastikas into Jewish people’s cars. I remember the pain—going to school with hate bleeding in the air. This is the same feeling I got when reading your article.

    Why did “this protest in particular strike a nerve” with you?

  22. Upset on April 12th, 2018 10:28 am

    Let me show you what the title of a clearly labeled opinion piece looks like:

    Opinion: Israel as an Apartheid State

  23. Natalie Owsley on April 12th, 2018 10:31 am

    I am the journalism teacher at Homestead High School and the adviser of the Epitaph. I have been closely monitoring the comments coming through and have approved every comment that has been posted, editing just one comment for obscene language. As the adviser of The Epitaph, I firmly stand behind Thomas’s right to his opinion. His freedom of speech is protected under the First Amendment. While many may not agree with his opinion, it is still valid and he has every right to express it. Thomas’s article is not posted in the “News” section and should not be confused as “News.” The article is an opinion piece and is labeled as such. The piece solely reflects the opinion of the author. It is not and should not be taken as fact. In which case, disagreeing with the author’s opinion is valid and certainly allowed. Many readers may not agree with Thomas’s opinion or with his choice of (or maybe even lack of) sources, but he still has every right to publish it and express his opinion on the matter. Perhaps he is uninformed or misinformed – if that is the case, then these comments may help him (and other readers) understand his error. In fact, reading the comments posted by upset readers has allowed the opposing perspective to shine through very brightly. It has also opened the door for discourse on a topic that is very rarely discussed at school, and I find that valuable. Counter arguments are always welcome and respected. Please know that we accept letters to the editor and would be happy to publish any and all letters that meet our guidelines. Click on the “Contact Us” link to learn what those guidelines are. You may send letters directly to me at [email protected] or to [email protected].

  24. Yiftah Porat on April 12th, 2018 11:19 am

    A bit of fact checking won’t hurt. Comparing to Apartheid is unfounded. Israel left Gaza in 2005, tearing down settlements, and moving its citizens and military back to the international border. Gaza’s citizens voted for the Hamas government in 2007. This is a conflict between nations, where one is governed by a terrorist organization – Hamas, which maintains its charter to destroy Israel. The Gaza border is not a peaceful one, rocket and mortar fire have erupted thousands of times over the past ten years. In this context, any march on the border is a far cry from a peaceful demonstration. Hamas bears full responsibility for deliberately not distinguishing between its soldiers and civilians, justifying any means to serve its agenda. If there is any apartheid to speak of, it is between Hamas as an organization and the population of Gaza which is brutally held at its mercy.

  25. Eyal Shay on April 12th, 2018 2:56 pm

    False. This article is written completely with bias in favor of Gaza. The author here is using their feelings, rather than actual data to convey this story. You can’t just that Israel shows descrimination towards Gaza and not say how. You can’t just say Israel has attached peaceful protestors before and not give examples of situations. You can’t write an article about israel-gaza relations by only looking at one side. The situation is much more grey than you’re making it out to be. Gaza launches plenty of attacks on Israeli citizens which don’t get reported because they’re as common as car crashes. You’re treating this situation as if Israel has an unprecedented rage towards Gaza, stemming from a random whim. In reality Gaza is the aggressor, firing over a dozen rockets at Israel over the span of only 2 months (Jan – Feb 2018). Imagine that rate of fire but over a period lasting longer than a decade. You can’t just call Israel bad without looking at what Gaza has done. Israel can definitely improve in some aspects, but they are by no means am apartheid feueld state looking for the persecution of Gaza. This article is just pure anti-zionist

  26. adviser on April 12th, 2018 3:06 pm

    Hi Eyal, the article is an opinion piece and is labeled as such. Please do not confuse it with fact. If you would like to write a letter to the editor in support of your side, please submit to [email protected].

  27. Maya’s Mom on April 12th, 2018 3:49 pm

    Opinions should not promote lies. This is indeed both propaganda and fake news.

  28. Anonymous on April 12th, 2018 5:01 pm

    Thank you Natalie for sharing your perspective, but I find it much more worrisome than the article. After all, for a passionate child to be uninformed and over-confident is not unusual, but what exactly the journalism lesson you are teaching here? I am not sure what the “right for an opinion” has to do publishing this piece? It feels that the moment you labeled something the piece as an opinion you feel that you are relieved of any basic standards. If so, should I expect to see you publish an opinion piece making assertions masked as truths and fact about the crimes of the Neo-Nazi ring led by the journalism teacher in Homestead High-School? After all, this is marked as opinion, so everything goes, right? Propaganda is not journalism, even as an opinion piece, and there is no right to get propaganda published …

  29. adviser on April 13th, 2018 11:02 am

    Hi, please feel free to email me at [email protected] if you would like to discuss your thoughts in more detail. It is difficult to have a conversation with you if you continue to post your comments anonymously. I do continue to stand behind the First Amendment rights of my students. I did not review this article before it was published, as I simply do not have the bandwidth to review every piece of content that gets posted in advance of publishing (nor is that a requirement for California student journalists). However, I do read all content at some point, after it has been published, and work is often revised, as a result. In the case of this article, I did give Thomas some very constructive feedback on his word choice and also asked him to cite his sources. I also noted that there were several instances in the article where his opinion could be mistaken as fact, and I asked him to either omit that information or add a source. So, as you mention in your recent comment “[Thomas] removed or soften many of his most blatant claims,” you are correct, and that was under my direction. Please remember that Thomas is a 17-year-old student. He is still learning how to be a good journalist. He does not know everything, nor does he claim to. If you believe he is misinformed, then – please, I urge you to submit a letter to the editor citing facts and evidence to support the opposing perspective. But please also keep in mind that a misinformed opinion is still an opinion, and Thomas has corrected his errors by backing up his claims with valid evidence. Thomas did his research on this assignment. He did not write the article with the intent to anger readers. He did not write the article as propaganda. He is simply a student learning how to use his voice for matters that he finds important. I have read all of the comments posted on this article, and while many are emotionally convincing, I have seen very few instances of facts, in the form of recent sources, being used to support the opposing perspective. This is why I am continuing to encourage commenters to write a counter article, which can be submitted as a letter to the editor, supporting those ideas.

  30. Yuval Ricklis on April 12th, 2018 6:07 pm

    I agree with most of what has already been said in these comments. Yeah, it’s true that this is an opinion piece – but spreading these opinions without fact checking can be rather dangerous. I have encountered and heard of many instances of antisemitic jokes about the Holocaust and Hitler by other Homestead students, and many times the justification for them was that Israel is a tyrannical force or at fault for the deaths of Palestinians. These things are not true, and lead to misinformed students who grow up to be misinformed adults who, with all good intention, can cause real harm to Jewish and Israeli populations. In addition, something that I was disgusted by was the comparison of Israel to Apartheid South Africa. Why was Nelson Mandela in prison for 27 years of his life? He was fighting for the rights of Black South Africans to vote, to be educated, to move and live where ever they wanted, to use the same water fountains and roads as did the whites, and to be treated in the same hospitals. Any one who has ever visited Israel and not been fooled by the ill-informed sources that the author of this article probably reviewed could tell you that Palestinians enjoy all these rights within Israel. Palestinians, Syrian refugees, and all other ethnicities and nationalities of people are treated in the same hospitals in Israel. Palestinian citizens in Israel study in the same universities my parents went to. They use the same roads, water fountains, and any other institution in Israel. As citizens, they can go and live where ever they want. Let’s not forget that the law of Israel, the ONLY democracy in the Middle East where women and homosexuals enjoy FULL rights, is free and colorblind. If I was a black South African, I would be enraged and offended. Schools are supposed to uplift and educate their students, not spread such abuses of information.

  31. Maya on April 12th, 2018 8:04 pm
    Learn the true history, events and facts (any of these three for that matter, Israel’s, Apartheid, etc…) BEFORE you make such incorrect, false, and even worse – HATEFUL – accusations!
    Have you ever asked yourself where is all this hate stemming from? I hope you have a good answer for that…
    PLEASE STOP spreading hate and instead try to find a good and positive solution. It is our responsibility to change this world – please try to do a better job at it next time!

  32. Roy Raz on April 12th, 2018 8:10 pm

    I’m not going to give a reason for why this should put down. I don’t care if it’s opinion, it’s published by the school newspaper and people are going to read this inaccurate, highly offensive article. The Israeli students of this school definitely deserve better than this. Please take this down immediately.

  33. Edy Kishinevsky on April 12th, 2018 9:25 pm

    “the article is not a news piece, but is an opinion piece, and has been labeled as such”

    Really, so you believe is ok to write whatever cross your mind without checking the facts or further analysis…or did you happen to read an article and decided to make your “opinion” public?

    I’m wondering, if by the time 29 Palestinian were “killed” in Gaza, have you happened to follow the news about what’s happening in Syria? Did you know that an average of 1400 civilian are been killed per week for the last +7 years…more that 500,000 people killed! Did you happen to express your opinion about that massacre?

    Did you have any opinion to share about the atrocities ISIS did, beheading and killing babies, childs, women and innocent people?
    Did you have any opinion to share after the coward ISIS terrorism attacks through Europe, Asia and USA killing over 2,000 people!

    In my humble opinion, you have chosen to revile your antisemic views under a brutally wrong opiniated article

  34. Concerned parent on April 12th, 2018 10:10 pm

    What a biased, poorly researched article that promotes antisemitism and hate towards the only democratic country in the Middle East…
    I understand that each student is entitled to publish his or her own opinion, even if it is pure propaganda. But the past shows that propaganda can develop into hate, violence and even genocise. As a coincidence, today Israel marked its annual holocaust rememberance day. Let’s not forget that the ethnic cleansing of 6 million Jews in Europe during World War II started with one person spreading hate propaganda…

  35. Ben Piekarz on April 12th, 2018 10:26 pm

    I think the other comments pretty much covered everything that was wrong with this piece so I’ll save all of that. All I can say is your falsifications and misdirected accusations may lead your community to actually believe what you’re saying. Quite a shame, to say the least.

  36. Anonymous on April 12th, 2018 10:30 pm

    This is completely absurd and wrong. It is completely unacceptable to be communicating false information about Israel. I understand this is an opinion piece, but please do everyone a favor and put effort and dedication to each piece you write. Hopefully, you have now researched and learned what the real facts are. While Hamas is using its civilians as shields to kill Israeli soldiers, Israel has no other choice but to attempt to stop destruction before it happens.

  37. Ofer on April 13th, 2018 3:13 am

    Mr. Thomas Denome,
    Please take the time to learn and to investigate facts and to understand the reality, even slightly more, than what you have read or watched in the news, and not to rely only on biased media or politically driven propaganda – this will allow you to reach other conclusions.
    And, by the way, if human rights are so important to you, remove the horse race blinders and take a look at what’s happening in other places in the middle east…and in the world.

    Now – to the Homestead high principal and teachers…
    This is not the first time it happens, where students publish articles full of lies and other BS.
    This is how you want to raise, educate and grow our future leaders? scientists? our intellectuals?
    How come there is no response from you? What about the truth? The facts? That before you establish your ideas and publish them – go and learn, investigate, listen to all sides…do the work. don’t go blindly in a path paved by those who are carrying the total opposite values the democratic societies established and fought for so hard.
    I am expecting to see a response from Highschool institute, and I know I represent many parents and members of this community.

  38. Anonymous on April 13th, 2018 10:04 am

    It seems (based on their comments here) that the school stuff is hiding behind “its in the opinion section,” to relieve themselves from any responsibility to a basic standard of journalism and decency. Even an opinion piece cannot push falsehoods as facts. To separate from this specific piece, let’s take a made-up example: “the world is flat” may be your delusional belief but it is not an opinion. “Majority of scientists believe that the world is flat.” is even worse and publishing a piece filled with such lies is not legitimate even in the opinion section. The defense raised by the school teacher that the author is entitled to his opinion doesn’t hold. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but nobody is entitled to publish falsehoods in a specific venue (this is why comments are censured on this site). Surely, nobody is entitled to publish lies masked as facts. The responsibility is on the school for the damage done by propaganda published under its name, especially when it hurts a subgroup of its students.

  39. adviser on April 13th, 2018 10:18 am

    Hi, the article has been updated to include sources for all of the author’s claims. The author has not generalized any evidence, but has cited direct sources. You may not like his choice of sources (or agree with them), but he has backed up his claims with evidence, nonetheless. If you have an opposing perspective to argue, I encourage you to write a letter to the editor. Thank you.

  40. Anonymous on April 13th, 2018 10:38 am

    A more honest description of what happened is that the author didn’t just add sources but also removed or soften many of his most blatant claims (as I suspect he couldn’t find sources for those). But the real problem is much less the student writing the article and much more the teacher’s support of his right to publishing the original article in the name of his right for his opinion.

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