The Age of No Diversity

Steven Katsineris with an unpublished letter to the Sunday Age protesting the general lack of coverage in the Australian print media given to a Palestinian perspective.
Dear Editor, 

While it is interesting to read the different Israeli perspectives on the conflict in Palestine (Pride and Hope in Diverse Nation and Taking a Stand in the Sunday Age) there is an almost total neglect in Australia of the Palestinian side of the story. I would have thought that it important to the Age to encourage a diversity of opinion on this question and present its readers with different views of the issues involved. Instead we have had a steady stream of different opinion pieces from Israeli and Jewish writers; as if no Palestinian narrative or voice existed on the question. 
Indeed it is as if the outlook of one of the central participants in the conflict that has gone on for over 60 years is almost completely missing from the dialogue. There are in fact in Australia and elsewhere many articulate and eloquent Palestinian voices that exist and are worthy of space in our media. And it would be very valuable to our society, if we could hear these. 

The resolution of such conflicts begins with an understanding of the viewpoint of both parties, not by while ignoring the one side. Palestinians deserve to be listened to, as there can be no peace or just resolution to this tragic situation without attention to their point of view and recognizing that Palestinians do have rights. In fact history shows this is really the key to settling such disputes. Your paper needs a better balance of views on this vital matter.

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