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While lazily flipping through the Nexus last Thursday I came across a column by geography major Eli Raber Film Ad Is No Place for Petty Politics Daily Nexus Nov 7 2002 which began by describing how the Center for Middle Eastern Studies was shamelessly using this opportunity to take a blatant and uncalled for jab at the only democracy in the Middle East This particular opportunity was the centers showing of Terrorism and Kabaab an Egyptian movie that intertwined slapstick humor and deadly serious elements to make a political statement about life in Egypt Raber expressed his discontentment with an emailed advertisement for the film sent out by the center that described the Palestinian youth as defending against the Israeli enemy intent of destroying the very fabric of their existence I agreed that the emailed statement reeked of propaganda Then Raber took a few twists and turns through the history of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict finally arriving at the following declaration Occupation is not the problem because it does not exist I immediately thought of the numerous examples of individuals who have denied the existence of the Jewish Holocaust Those who do so even after considering the evidence are luckily a minority amongst world opinions In the same way those who deny the existence of a current occupation by Israeli troops of Palestinian Authority territory are a minority the dictionary definition of occupation should be examined Yet the propaganda insinuated by the minority of both sides has today permeated the conscience of the majority making it possible to effectively shoot children and bomb families without much objection by the respective mainstreams In fact the propaganda is so effective that it has polarized world opinion hence anyone familiar with the conflict will almost surely support one side over the other The pain of loss that fuels the propaganda is impossible to deny and since each argument refutes that of the adversary the debates often
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