Phil, I don't understand your preoccupation with Palistine. How about giving some balanced blog space and advocacy for the oppressed people of countries such as North Korea, Tibet, China, Sudan, Somalia, Myanmar, etc.?
I'll take them in order, using points that may apply to more than one of these countries, who, along with others, routinely violate the human rights of their own citizens:
We don't send hundreds of billions of American tax dollars to the North Koreans so that they can drop or shoot white phosphorus onto schools and hospitals, where kids like the one at the upper left have to end up dead or looking like him.
We don't write tax policies that enable the Han Chinese to invest in housing projects that eject Tibetans from their homes in Lhasa.
We don't have a White House with a chief of staff named after a Chinese terrorist who was killed smuggling arms to kill British Soldiers.
We don't cater to lobbyists from Sudan who constantly encourage us to go to all-out war against a neighboring country that hasn't attacked one of their neighbors in generations.
We don't have a Pentagon whose offices are stuffed with people with dual Somali-American citizenship, who manufacture false premises to march us into a series of wars in the heart of Africa.
We aren't experiencing a time when a small group of ruthless Burmese generals and politicians have hijacked Buddhism, turning it into a militant version of what had once been a great religion, and branding anyone who doesn't believe in a Myanmar expansion version of Buddhism as anti-Burmese or anti-Buddhist.
Additionally, no North Korean, Chinese, Sudanese, Burmese or Somali general, politician, general or warlord is openly bragging that the United States is fighting two wars and threatening to start a third one, on their behalf.
Also, and importantly, there is no large body of American people who openly believe that we need to foster violence in North Korea, Tibet, China, Somalia, Venezuela, Cuba, Sudan or Burma, so that we may enable the second coming of Jesus Christ, and implement a new age. And there is no cynical tie-in between Columbian politicians who hope to bring money to their country because of some apocolyptic religious myth, and American fundamentalist sects who total in the tens of millions of misguided believers.
Finally, I have been drawn into this conflict on a personal level since I began creating The Skies Are Weeping in 2003. I continue to be involved with continuing performances of the work, which are used to raise money for Palestinian and Israeli causes. One of the results of the conflict around attempts to perform, or the performances of that work, has been that I have made well over a hundred friends in the USA, Israel, the Occupied Territories, Europe, Canada and beyond, who are knowledgeable about Palestinian rights issues. I feel I have an obligation to share from my unique perspective among Alaskans in that area.
II. Coverage of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict by Alaska Progressive blogs:
This may be a more touchy subject than defending PA's own coverage of this set of subjects. Essentially, the other progressive Alaskan blogs rarely cover this and never pose questions or conduct polls, as has PA.
I don't blame them. It is obvious, reading through the comments at some of my colleagues' blogs, that to bring this conflict up the way PA has would probably disrupt their commenting community. I have many friends and a few former friends with whom I agree on every progressive issue, but when it comes to the I-P conflict, we are in total disagreement.
The only Alaska progressive blog that has taken up the Palestinian rights or the Gaza conflict issue more than once has been The Immoral Minority. Here's a link to the Israel-tagged articles. Here's a link to the Palestine-tagged articles. There is no Gaza tag at IM.
Shannyn Moore has found occasional context to take up this conflict on radio, but a web search indicates no known articles about the I-P conflict per se at her blog, Just a Girl from Homer. The same goes for The Mudflats, and for What Do I Know?
Again, I don't fault these blogs for shying away from the most divisive subject there is among American progressives. I've discussed the conflict on occasion with each of these blog's proprietors. All are aware of my open and enduring advocacy for Palestinian rights, and this has not caused a conflict I'm aware of. We've certainly had bigger arguments over other subjects.
III. Where we have found a lot of common ground, though, on a closely related subject, is that of the dangers of religious fanaticism. I despise militant religion that claims to be so powerful it can take the lives of people, be it a warped Islam, warped Christianity, warped Hinduism, warped Judaism, or warped Flying Spaghetti Monsterism. These sects are indulging in human sacrifice.
Gryph at Immoral Minority has written about this often, with passion, knowledge and acumen. Shannyn Moore has written about it, and brought guests onto her radio presentations who are experts on the dangers of religious fanaticism. Bent Alaska, Celtic Diva's Blue Oasis, Alaska Real, The Alaska Commons, What Do I Know?, The Ester Republic and Henkimaa have written eloquently about the real hardships caused to real Alaskans by religious bigotry, hatred and political influence.