On Israel v Palestine: What Happened to Peace?

Mr. Fireside
3 min readOct 19, 2023
Photo by Vasilios Muselimis on Unsplash

The 21st century has experienced tumultuous times, not the least of which is the renewed conflict between Israel and Palestine. But as we witness the latest round of violence and read the headlines, a haunting question emerges: what happened to the peace movements that once dominated global consciousness?

The 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s bore witness to a multitude of conflicts across the world. Yet, these decades were also defined by their vibrant peace movements and the iconic figures who championed them. The Vietnam War saw droves of people, from celebrities to everyday citizens, taking to the streets in protest, singing songs of peace, and advocating for the end of hostilities. The likes of John Lennon, Joan Baez, and Bob Dylan used their platforms to rally cries for harmony and understanding.

Moreover, the global stage was graced by formidable leaders who embodied the spirit of peace. Gandhi’s nonviolent resistance, Mandela’s reconciliation after apartheid, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight for civil rights illuminated a path toward peace amidst a backdrop of adversity.

These movements were characterized by their inclusivity, universality, and steadfast belief in humanity’s potential for goodness. They served as a reminder that despite our differences, humanity has an innate desire for harmony.

So, where did we stray from this path? In the face of the current Israel-Palestine conflict, where are the rallying cries for peace, the concerts, the global unity against the horrors of war?

The answer is multifaceted.

Firstly, the 21st century has seen the rapid proliferation of social media, changing the dynamics of how we engage with global events. Instead of unified calls for peace, platforms are rife with polarizing views, often leading to more division than unity. The sheer volume of information and the echo chambers of algorithms can make messages of peace more challenging to amplify.

Moreover, geopolitical complexities have evolved. The nature of warfare has changed, and so has the nature of peace movements. The Israel-Palestine conflict is rooted in historical, religious, and political intricacies, which often defy simplified narratives. While the goal remains a two-state solution where both…