Quora: public questions and answers where anyone in the world can participate

What is Quora? Their website states: “Quora is a platform to ask questions and connect with people who contribute unique insights and quality answers.” In my own words, anyone can  ask and/or respond to any question and this creates a grassroots conversation on many many subjects which exposes both peoples’ wisdom and their misunderstandings. This is why I love it. Check out these questions and answers and I encourage you to join and add your voice. Its possible to respond, and upvote and or downvote.

The first response and question illustrates exactly why I appreciate Quora

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RESPONSE:
Dani Ishai Behan
Dani Ishai Behan, Middle East historian

Because antisemites can’t mob and bully their way to victory here as they do on other sites (and in real life).
This site’s moderation doesn’t target and censor Israeli voices, nor does it countenance antisemitic harassment or threats. Quite the contrary, those tactics tend to result in an immediate ban.

That is why this site seems more pro-Israel than usual. Jews can actually be HEARD on here, and that’s a good thing. Until Quora, the only other option we had were our own websites, because no one else would have us (see: What the Media Gets Wrong About Israel).

As for myself, I was anti-Israel until I listened to both “narratives” and analyzed them extensively. Before that point, I would just imbibe whatever anti-Israel talking points were fed to me by my “comrades”. The hostile reactions I got simply for asking questions were far more revealing than anything we Jews could offer by ourselves. One who is genuinely on the right side of history should never be afraid of scrutiny. Rather, they should welcome it.

At a certain point, I realized just how important Zionism was to the things I cared about: indigenous rights, environmental health, anti-colonialism, and freedom from oppression. Zionism, far from being a “settler colonial” ideology, is the funeral pyre of colonial hegemony in the Levant and of our exile from our homeland. For this reason, Zionism has become an indispensable part of my identity as a Jew, and as a radical.

And here is another good one:

Michael Davison
Michael Davison, lives in Israel (1969-present)
The Naqba celebrated (or mourns) the failure of the Arab League to exterminate Jews and destroy Israel before it could be built. I don’t think that’s an appropriate thing for any Israeli to celebrate.

On the other hand, what about the Jewish Naqba? As a result of the injury to “Arab Honor” and “Arab pride”, over 850,000 Jews were expelled or forced out of their countries of birth in revenge. Somehow, this almost never gets mentioned.

Jewish refugees from Arab Countries

Educate yourself. The Naqba was a double-sided sword—but the Jews went and made new lives for themselves while the Palestinians were imprisoned in refugee camps for the past 71 years. Even Mahmoud Abbas has condemned the Arab League for their part in it:

“The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny, but instead they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, imposed upon them a political and ideological blockade and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live in Eastern Europe.

“The Arab states succeeded in scattering the Palestinian people and in destroying their unity. They did not recognize them as a unified people until the states of the world did so, and this is regrettable.” – The Current President of the Palestinian authority- Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), from the official journal of the PLO, Falastin el-Thawra (“What We Have Learned and What We Should Do”), Beirut, March 1976, reprinted in the Wall Street Journal, June 5,2003 and in ‘Palestine Betrayed’ By Prof Ephraim Karsh of Kings College, London.

The Naqba did not occur in a vacuum and was not a one-sided event.

Yes I upvoted this.

Why is Quora important to me?
The Jewish Talmud has a discussion that states that even if G-d himself were to intervene with a vote at the rabbinic court, the court must follow the majority on any ruling. And I do believe that the collective wisdom of the world has the potential to overcome antisemitism and other false and libelous doctrines. 

 

Eyeless in Gaza: how fake media works

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The fake news coming out of the Palestinian Media and their supporters is often not at all reported or recognized in the Western Press.  A worthy documentary on this subject Eyeless in Gaza was recently released. I happened to catch it when it was screened by the Student Society of St.John’s University, Manhattan, NY.

The film reports that “In reporting the Gaza War of 2014, these quotes appeared in the international media: “They’re calling it a massacre”, “Children and civilians comprised the vast majority of the 200 killed”, “All innocent people. All of them civilians”, “Israel is targeting a number of different places including hospitals.” This information formed international opinion yet all the above quotes are in this documentary clearly shown to have been influenced by the systematic intimidation, threats, torture and persecution of journalists in Gaza, of both local and Western media.The producers interview Palestinian civilians and journalists, Hamas leaders, UN officials, military analysts and Israeli spokespeople to arrive at these troubling conclusions.

The film is now available on I-tunes for sale or rent. I challenge you to watch this documentary and share it with your  colleagues.

finally we have a name for this kind of “news”.

Liar liar fake news

And just to further prove my point about the repressive tyranny that is currently going on in Gaza. I just saw this article about refugees fleeing Gaza not because of Israel but because of What the Gaza administration is perpetrating on its citizens.