People are furious with Malala for calling attacks on Palestinians a 'conflict'

Updated 12 May, 2021 02:28pm

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She didn't mention Israel or Palestine at all in her tweet.

People around the world are calling out Israeli atrocities and oppression in Gaza as violence in the area has intensified in the past few days. They're also calling out Malala Yousufzai for calling it a "conflict".

The Nobel laureate tweeted a carefully worded message and said the "violence in Jerusalem — especially against children — is unbearable".

"This long conflict has cost many children their lives and their futures. Leaders must act immediately — there is no peace when children and civilians are not safe," she wrote, enraging people who wanted her to actually call out Israel.

People reminded her that attacks on Palestinians did not count as a 'conflict', especially because of the power imbalance. Israeli defence forces are using actual weapons against Palestinians while the Palestinians are defending themselves with sticks and rocks.

Palestinians and Israelis are not engaged in a mere battle of words — Palestinians are being violently forced to leave their homes and attacked if they don't do so. In fact, they're being attacked even if they do leave.

People were quick to remind her that this is no more a conflict than when she was shot by the Taliban.

Corrections were made

And definitions clearly spelt out

People were furious

Saying it like it is

For someone who is a UN peace ambassador with a platform that allows her to speak to millions of people, the least she can do is not perpetuate the misguided notion that what's happening in Palestine is a 'disagreement' between two equal parties.

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