Greta Thunberg tries to walk fine line of neutrality on Israeli-Palestinian clash, but Twitter mob demands that she take a side
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg, normally a figure revered by her protective left-wing allies, has learned the hard way that rocket attacks over Israel are a touchier subject than solar panels and carbon-trading schemes.
After wading into the conversation about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Monday, when she retweeted a post by anti-Israel activist Naomi Klein, the 18-year-old Thunberg tried to strike a more ecumenical chord on Tuesday, saying, “To be crystal clear: I am not against Israel or Palestine. Needless to say, I'm against any form of violence or oppression from anyone or any part.Also on rt.com Israeli TV reports DIRECT HIT on Tel Aviv building as Palestinians launch ‘hundreds’ of rockets from Gaza (VIDEO)
“And again,” she added, “it is devastating to follow the developments in Israel and Palestine.”
To be crystal clear: I am not “against” Israel or Palestine. Needless to say I’m against any form of violence or oppression from anyone or any part. And again - it is devastating to follow the developments in Israel and Palestine.— Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) May 11, 2021
Thunberg's comments came as Hamas militants in Gaza rained more than 100 rockets on Israeli cities on Tuesday evening. A building in suburban Tel Aviv was reportedly struck, following Israel's bombing of the Hanadi tower residential complex in Gaza earlier on Tuesday.
Thunberg's effort to stay neutral on the dispute was met with backlash, as observers called her uninformed or selectively outraged. Others suggested that her priorities were misplaced, “caring more about sea turtles than actual Palestinian adults and children being murdered under ethnic cleansing.”
Caring more about sea turtles than actual Palestinian adults and children being murdered under ethnic cleansing— 🌱 (@jimimjoon) May 11, 2021
Jennine Khalik, an anti-Israel writer and designer, urged Thunberg to be “on the right side of history.” Author Max Blumenthal quipped that perhaps Thunberg could be provoked to outrage if today's headline were, “Israel authorities deny solar panels, greenhouses to Palestinian farmers in West Bank.”
don’t backtrack Greta, be on the right side of history. You should support the oppressed— Jennine #SaveSheikhJarrah (@jennineak) May 11, 2021
Since "climate justice" activist Greta Thunberg seems neutral about the human toll of Israeli apartheid, perhaps this will outrage her: "Israeli Authorities Deny Solar Panels, Greenhouses to Palestinian Farmers in West Bank"https://t.co/VVOTlRSGRw— Max Blumenthal (@MaxBlumenthal) May 11, 2021
But Thunberg also faced pushback earlier, when she promoted Klein's tweet and added, “Devastating to follow the developments in Jerusalem and Gaza.”
German Green Party politician Volker Beck replied, “Do you have a say about the Hamas rocket attacks, and how is their positive impact on the climate?”
do you have a say about the Hamas rocket attacks and how is their positive impact on the climate.— Volker Beck (@Volker_Beck) May 10, 2021
Economist Saki Bigio offered Thunberg advice that she apparently tried to follow: “Greta, you expose the green agenda if you side on a political conflict. You are one of my heroes. Don't lose focus.”
Greta you expose the green agenda if you side on a political conflict. You are one of my heros. Don't lose focus.— Saki Bigio (@SakiBigio) May 10, 2021
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