Over the weekend, Bejamin Wallace Wells published a must-read piece in New York Magazine on why the American media seem to suddenly be sympathetic to the hundreds of Palestinians who are being murdered in Gaza:
The story of the conflict between Israel and Palestine looks a little bit different this time around. Social media have helped allow us to see more deeply inside war zones — in this case, inside Gaza — and allowed viewers much fuller access to the terror that grips a population under military attack. America’s changing demographics (the country’s Muslim population has skyrocketed in the past decade and is now as much as half the size of the U.S. Jewish population) have meant both a more receptive audience for sympathetic stories about Palestinians and more Americans like Abu Khdeir, with connections back to Palestine.
But, as Jon Stewart pointed out last night, it’s still tough to report on the subject if you seem even remotely sympathetic to Palestinian lives. Watch the clip above.