Pick a Side. Pick a Side. Pick a Side. Now.


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Pick a Side. Pick a Side. Pick a Side. Now.

Oct. 25, 2023, 5:03 a.m. ET
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Video by Zach Goldbaum, Alex Kingsbury and Alexander Stockton

Mr. Goldbaum is a filmmaker. Mr. Kingsbury is a member of the editorial board. Mr. Stockton is a producer with Opinion Video.

There is precious little space on social media for nuance or neutrality when it comes to the war between Israel and Hamas. No matter what you think of the conflict, expressions of solidarity aren’t just appreciated; they are expected.

But as we argue in the video above, the insistence on picking a side threatens the public’s ability to take a holistic view of what is happening, to recognize and acknowledge atrocities irrespective of their perpetrators and to honor and mourn those who lost their lives.

If truth is the first casualty in war, empathy is the second.

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