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What do Gaza and Eastern Ukraine share?
What do Gaza and Eastern Ukraine share?
Аспирантка кафедры международных отношений и внешней политики России Мария Дубовикова — о конфликтах в секторе Газа и Украине.
We are living in an epoch of great shocks and human tragedies. And media corporations play a big role in covering those tragic events that form and shape public opinion, by changing the way we perceive ongoing events.
The mass media has the power to draw away the attention of general public from one crisis to another. Politics plays a special role here, as the coverage changes according to the dominant international agenda.
The media game becomes evident if we analyze two big events that are taking place now — the conflict in the Gaza strip and the violent events in Ukraine.
The death toll in the Gaza crisis continues to grow. During Israel’s ground operation, the average death toll has risen to more than 1,000 civilians.
Indeed, this is a truly human and humanitarian catastrophe.
Practically all over the world the public opinion has strongly risen
in support for Gaza. The war of hashtags and information has begun
in social media networks among
Social and traditional media are full of heartbreaking photos and
videos showing the ugly and devastating face of tragedies, bodies
of dead children, inconsolable parents, wounded people. The reaction
is obvious — it is the justified indignation of public
opinion with Israel’s cruel operation that the causes death of many
However at the same time, in Europe, the bombing of a city and its citizens by one government passes by with practically a blackout from international media outlets. The matter concerns the city of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.
Kiev’s army recently bombed the city, the latest in an offensive that has led to the deaths of 250 civilians and the wounding of 850, the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission reported.
No doubt these cases are different. After more than 60 years of oppression, Israeli operations and wars, in which Israel always had military superiority not only over the Palestinians, but over its regional neighbors to — owing to the intense assistance of Israeli Western allies — the longest conflict of our days made the Palestinian people a symbol of resistance, faith and will.
In the case of eastern Ukraine, of two
What came next was Kiev’s prohibitive laws that have ruined all hopes to settle the discord peacefully. So as the resistance became tougher, the call for separation rose.
As to how many people have already died over the course of the conflict — nobody can say at the moment. The Kiev government’s punitive operation continues. According to the U.N. refugee agency, more than 110,000 people from eastern Ukraine have fled to Russia, while 54,400 people have been internally displaced.
If we were to put aside the differences between conflicts, and leave only the core of the tragedies remaining — human sufferings — remaining, the question arises as to why we talk about Gaza and why we keep silent about the tragedy in eastern Ukraine?
Why don’t we condemn the Kiev government for the pitiless
suppression of dissidents, of those who have another point
of view (I mean civilians, not the armed rebels here), we, the
Do we keep silent about the tragedy, being afraid for the newborn «democracy»? We can consider the rebels however we like, but there are ordinary civilians — children, women and the elderly — caught up in the crisis.
There are those who suffer just because they disagree with Kiev, those who
do not consider Russia their enemy. These people just have
a conviction that differ from what Kiev wants and thinks.
Do we keep silence, because those who like Russia and consider
it as an ally have no right to be protected and
helped? Or do we prefer to badger everything and everyone
There are practically no bloggers or journalists who could launch a huge campaign in support of those people suffering in eastern Ukraine, in Luhansk and Donetsk, in villages, that are in the path of this devastating war, of another human tragedy.
If they are — they are automatically put on the blacklist,
One can hardly find on the internet devastating photos of ruined buildings, dead people, and touching photos of crying children of east Ukraine. But if you don’t find them, if you don’t see them on your Facebook timeline or Twitter, if there are no words about them on you TV, in newspapers you got used to read, it doesn’t mean that there is no tragedy.
People really are dying under the bombings of the Ukrainian army. The catastrophe in Gaza is awful. But there is also mayhem in east Ukraine. All human life is priceless.
Maria Dubovikova is a
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