The 401st Blow :: Thoughts On Media

Jane Fonda Apologies For Toronto Petition

Posted in Policy by Noah Harlan on September 15, 2009

After realizing how self-destructive the Toronto Boycott Petition was, Jane Fonda has apologized for signing it.  From her piece on the Huffington Post:

“I signed the letter without reading it carefully enough, without asking myself if some of the wording wouldn’t exacerbate the situation rather than bring about constructive dialogue…

“it can become counterproductive to inflame rather than explain and this means to hear the narratives of both sides, to articulate the suffering on both sides, not just the Palestinians. By neglecting to do this the letter allowed good people to close their ears and their hearts.

“The Israeli-Palestinian story cannot be reduced to a simplistic aggressor-victim relationship. In order to fully understand this, one must be willing to come together with an open heart and really hear the narratives of both sides. One narrative sees 1948 as the mass expulsion of Palestinians from their land. Another sees it as the birth of a nation. Conceivably it was both. Neither narrative can be erased, both must be heard.”

I applaud her for having an open mind, listening, and ultimately realizing the mistake in this type of protest. Now, if only other signatories would feel the same.

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