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We Have Won!

Yes, we have won the public relations war against Israel, and I unequivocally declare an undisputed victory because we have won the hearts and minds of most people around the world. They say victory is a decision; it’s true and that decision has long been made, but apart from that, the victory is real and is based on statistics and conviction. OK, my statistics and my convictions, but still!

Seriously though, I recently posted on LinkedIn a photo of a magnificent lion and a cub behind him. The cub asks: “Dad … what does ‘defeated’ mean?” The lion, with his beautiful mane, turned toward the cub and replied: “I don’t know son … we are Palestinian.”

LinkedIn exploded with solidarity comments from all over the globe. Comments ranged from the toned-down “love” and “very apt,” to “As long as there is one Palestinian, the fight against oppression will continue. Lions don’t back down to hyenas”; “Palestine lives and will until the end of time”; and “I love you my #Palestinians. Even if the world doesn’t heed your miserable state and #bonechilling, #heartwrenching #cries, always remember your Pakistani brothers are always thinking of you no matter what. We are not ignoring you. #WeStandWithYouPalestine.” Of course, there were also comments that I am not at liberty to include here!

What I find interesting is that since LinkedIn is a business and employment-focused social media platform, those who have expressed solidarity with Palestine are probably mostly professionals, white-collar executives, and judging from their profile photos, are middle-aged. They’re surely not a young, anti-establishment crowd, but rather savvy businesspeople and intellectuals. Comments came from Spain, Denmark, Germany, Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, South America, the United States, Britain, and the list goes on and on. Forget about the sweeping popular support for Palestine in the Arab world that we saw in the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ which, incidentally, was an Israeli nightmare. I claim that international popular support for Palestine is massive. I can’t substantiate that, but I expect it’s far larger that we Palestinians imagine. A few months ago, This Week in Palestine put out a whole issue on pro-Palestinian solidarity groups in Europe, and this very issue sheds light on those involved in various artistic and cultural projects around the world who work ceaselessly day and night to stand with Palestine.

I actually feel that the Israeli PR machine is waning. Maybe the Israelis have gotten too full of themselves. What I see on social media is poor, to be polite, and certainly lacks depth and scope, not to mention genuine content. Long gone are the days when Israeli PR controlled the airwaves and cyberspace. This is the time for Palestine. Palestine has won the PR war; I just know it.

Wishing you all safety and good health.

Long live Palestine!

Sani Meo

  • Sani Meo is co-founder of the English-language print and online magazine This Week in Palestine and has been its publisher since TWiP’s inception in December 1998. Since January 2007, he has also been the publisher of the Arabic online magazine Filistin Ashabab, which targets Palestinian youth.

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