Humanize Palestine is a new initiative intended to challenge the commonly dehumanizing or insensitive portrayal of Palestinians in mainstream media. This unique project aims to restore and maintain the identities of Palestinians killed at the hands of the Israeli military, particularly when they are dryly featured in news stories or depicted as collateral damage in an ongoing conflict.
According to website’s ‘About’ page, the individuals behind this effort take issue with the presentation of casualties in this latest military offensive. When a Palestinian is killed, news networks almost always circulate photographs of the victim’s funeral or of a burned, beaten, or otherwise mutilated body. But when an Israeli goes missing or is killed, the media introduces their story with photographs of them smiling with friends or positing with family. To the website creators, this creates a level of empathy that allows viewers to connect with the victim — a connection that is just not afforded to Palestinians.
Worse still, the presentation of Palestinians as disposable bodies strips the victims of their identities, their agencies, and their life stories which are just as important as anyone else’s. Humanize Palestine aims to combat that. For example, Abdulla Amara’s memorial page reveals that he was on his way to becoming a human rights lawyer before being killed in the shelling of Gaza City’s Shuja’iyya neighborhood. [Read more...]