The Thing About The Conflict

The thing about the conflict is that most people know only what they have been told. It is a complex issue, yet at the same time a very simple one.

The narrative the Arabs feed people feels good, it’s a familiar narrative: they are a small oppressed minority who had their ancestral lands stolen by foreign imperialists who desecrate their sacred places and force them to live under foreign colonialist rule. The ones who are even allowed to remain after the majority are ethnically cleansed by the evil foreigners. They are treated horribly and barely eking out an existence due to this occupation and oppression, with many starving and the rest living in conditions not unlike the concentration camps in the middle part of the last century.

This narrative plays extremely well to anyone who is:

  1. Ignorant of the history of the region and the basic facts on the ground

Why? Because you need to be unaware of the simple fact that the Arabs are in fact descended from people who colonized the entire Middle East. Their “small and persecuted minority religion” are in fact a very large majority and in control of 99.4 percent of the land mass in the Middle East. Hardly the tiny and persecuted minority who are slowly being pushed off their ancestral land.

2. Predisposed towards hating Jews

Nobody in their right mind would look at the situation in an unbiased manner and believe that the Jews are the bad guy. The problem is that many people are predisposed towards being Jew haters. Why? I believe it is jealousy and basic stupidity.

The jealousy comes from the Jews being called “the chosen people” especially when Christian theology says that they are chosen and the Jews aren’t. This means the Jews have to be bad, otherwise why wouldn’t they just become Christians or Muslims? Obviously God wants them to be Christians or Muslims – the fact that they wont only shows how evil they are.

Then you have the other kind of Jew hater, the one who believes that the Jewish story is simply too good to be true. How can they possibly be that good at science, math, literature? Surely they must have some sort of unfair advantage? Those sneaky Jews are cheating.

Then you have the third kind of Jew hater, the one who feels guilty about what happened in WWII and even before that. This person usually knows the history somewhat, they know that Jews were treated horribly by non Jews historically but rather than admit any guilt or responsibility they prefer to demonize Jews because if the Jews are bad people, anything that happens to them, they deserve. I honestly feel like these ones are the most evil, because they know they are lying and vilifying a people unfairly but do it anyway. You would be surprised how many pro palestinian activists fall into this category.

Lastly, you have the lazy internet guy. He has watched a ton of YouTube videos and is “totally woke.” He read an article one time about Jewish bankers and he knows everything there is to know about the Rothschilds and the New World Order. If you ask him he can tell you all about the Bilderbergs, chem trails, and maybe even throw in some flat earth and mind control stuff.

3. Supportive of native rights

This narrative plays well to indigenous people because it is in fact our story. It plays well to white allies because they feel guilty over the treatment of native people by white people, and it plays well to Europeans because frankly they have a ton of guilt over what they did everywhere in the world. It also plays really well to Arabs who are rarely educated on their own history or that of the Arab world, unless it’s Muslim history, which tends to gloss over the colonial aspects.

This entire narrative is built on a foundation of sand. The history is actually well-known; most Christians know that Israel is in fact the Jewish homeland and has been for thousands of years. Most people know that simple math tells us that Jews are a statistically insignificant people who achieved amazing things. While the Muslims who claim to be a minority are actually the massive majority in the Middle East, and achieved approximately nothing of note in the past thousand years other than bloodshed.

Now before you get all heated up and call me an Islamophobe, there were some advances, and during the dark ages the Muslim world was in fact more enlightened than the West. It’s just that while the West moved forward, the Islamic world stagnated. While the Western world adopted Judaic principles like equality and human rights, debate and discourse, the Muslim world doubled down on its “only the Imam needs to be able to read” and “women are property,” and forgot to move forward. There were movements to modernize – Ataturk in Turkey, the Shah in Iran – but it’s hard to move forward when you use the ignorance of your own people to prevent them from learning that there is in fact a possibility of a better life before dying. Once mass media comes into play it’s a forgone conclusion – the Muslim world will move forward whether it is ready or not. Which brings me to my final point.

The Arab world is in fact changing, as more Arabs see that Jews are not the evil horns-wearing mass murderers they have been taught they were. They begin to ask questions. As they sometimes do know their own history, they often question what exactly they are being told to lie for? Knowledgeable Arabs know they conquered the entire Middle East, so being told that they are in fact oppressed natives to the countries they conquered, actually makes them ask questions.

All we need to do is go after them. We need to make sure that we know the history, know the stats, know other struggles. but that’s¬†for another article. For now, it’s enough for you to know that we know and that some of us are standing up and demanding the truth be told.


Ryan Bellerose

A member of the indigenous Metis people, Ryan grew up in the far north of Alberta, Canada with no power nor running water. In his free time, Ryan plays Canadian Rules Football, reads books, does advocacy work for indigenous people and does not live in an Igloo.

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