Opinion: Pro-Palestinian? Vote for Donald Trump
According to Pew, self-identified Republicans supporting Israel increased from 50 percent to 79 percent since 2001. Over the same period, Democrats sympathizing with Israel declined from 38 percent to 27 percent. Notably, Netanyahu’ endlessly sycophantic support for Trump has distanced the Israel he has led for so long, and shaped in his image, from the Democratic Party and its voters.
In the U.S. media, Palestinians are almost always discussed solely through the lens of Israel’s interests or Israel’s security. Since Trump took office, coverage of the oppression the Palestinians face under occupation both in U.S. media and all over the internet has spiked. For those U.S. voters implacable opposed to this presidency and everything it stands for when Trump keeps putting a target on Palestinians’ backs, Palestinians are seen in a different light: with sympathy. It’s a variation of the old adage: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
George Zeidan is co-founder of the Right to Movement Palestine, an initiative to illustrate the reality of Palestinian life through sports. A Fulbright awardee with a master’s degree from the Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, he works for an international humanitarian organization in Jerusalem. He grew up in Jerusalem’s Old City
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