Philanthropy to Israel and Palestine – it’s time to change the framing

Nora Lester Murad

Earlier this year, Alliance Magazine set out to highlight philanthropy in the Israeli-Palestinian context as part of its special feature on Diaspora philanthropy. Short portraits of prominent Jewish philanthropists who support Israel - including Sheldon Adelson, Lynn Schusterman and Jacob Rothschild - were carefully placed alongside an interview with Palestinian philanthropist Omar Al-Qattan.

But presenting Jewish and Palestinian philanthropists in this way perpetuates the fiction that there are two equal sides, and that the best way to stay neutral is to give an impression of 'balance' when none in fact exists. In reality, this so-called 'balanced approach' hides much more than it illuminates and is part of the reason why a just peace is elusive.

'In reality, this so-called 'balanced approach' hides much more than it illuminates and is part of the reason why a just peace is elusive.'

 
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