A friend posted this video on her Facebook of a Kindergarten graduation ceremony in Gaza. It shows Palestinian children dressed as soldiers – threatening and pretend killing other children, supposedly playing Israelis. (If you’re going to watch the video – you’re committed to reading the post.)
The video was posted to a Facebook group called Stand With Us – a non-profit organization. Here’s their about me:
“Stand With Us was founded in 2001 in response to the misinformation that surrounds the Middle East conflict, and the inappropriate often anti-Semitic language used about Israel and/or the Jewish people worldwide.”
So they have an agenda…they’re pro Jewish, that’s great. Why then, are they posting anti-Muslim propaganda without a proper warning? And oh man – the comment section. Every single comment on that video is anti-Muslim, Islamophobia personified…some seriously racist shit.
I took it upon myself to send them an email and thought you all might benefit from reading. Take a look and see if you agree with me:
I’m writing to you to ask about this video that was posed on your Facebook page this Friday (yesterday).
What were your intentions in posting this video? It seems to me to be blatant fear mongering, anti-Islam. I understand the Palestine/ Israel conflict and I fully support your mission to bring truth to mis-information and call out anti-semitism, but this is inappropriate reporting in a time where President Trump has empowered fear and Islamophobia is at an all time high (let’s talk Muslim ban).
Personally I’d suggest NOT posting videos like this, even though there’s truth to them. You’ll notice no major news sources ran with the story because of it’s fear mongering rhetoric. When you change or add a headline (i.e.)
“Islamic Terrorist Group Brainwashes Children,”
it becomes a “duh,” moment and not really worth reporting anyway.
If you choose to post videos like this anyway, it’s important to include a post about exactly what the video entails to be used as an important teaching moment. Context and responsible reporting is everything. When posted irresponsibly, without context, it allows people to generalize about Islam and use that video to confirm their bias – that Muslims are bad. If you look at the comments on your video, you’ll realize that this is exactly what is happening. This is exactly the thought process behind the Muslim ban, and I would hope a pro-Israel, pro-Jewish non-profit would NOT choose to further that message of fear.
Could they have done a better job of informing their audience? Leave a comment and let me know what you think.