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Put the Blame Where it is Due and Not on Israel

When one gets to a certain age, the blame game become immature and a waste of time. It takes an adult to see that. Unfortunately, not all of us who are grown act like adults.

In the latest twist in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) blamed Israel for the honor killing of Israa Gharib. Her crime is that she was fraternizing with a man outside the bonds of marriage. In her world, this was a crime for which the only punishment is death. The men accused of killing her are her father and brothers.

I agree with Rep. Tlaib that toxic masculinity was responsible for Ms. Gharib’s death. She was not seen by the men closest to her as a flesh and blood creature with thoughts, feelings, ambitions, dreams and flaws. She was seen as an object to be used and sold in the name of marriage.

However, the blame for her death lands solely in the lap of her father and brothers. It has nothing to do with Israel.

The sooner Rep. Tlaib and the rest of the Israel haters recognize that, the sooner we will get to a legit and lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

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Thoughts On The Gillette Commercial

True cultural change can only happen when everyone steps forward to make the change.

Some may argue that feminism is solely a women’s issue and not within the purview of men. But the reality is that without our male allies, the goals of the movement will never be reached.

The new Gillette commercial is doing more than just selling shaving cream. It is encouraging the men and boys around us to do better. To treat women with respect and not be so quick to bully other boys because they do not confirm to the standards of masculinity.

Change, especially major cultural and societal is never easy. It requires taking a hard and difficult look at where we have been and where we need to go. While we are not yet at at a truly equal society, this commercial is an important step in the right direction.

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