Lee-Anne Germanos
5 minute read
29 Dec 2021
11:16 am

The painful irony of Israel’s Palestinian cultural appropriation

Lee-Anne Germanos

The most blatant cultural appropriation of Palestinian/Arabic culture was the 'Visit Israel' experience for the contestants of the Miss Universe pageant.

A Miss Universe contestant from the Phillippines experiences a ‘Bedouin Day’ as part of a promotion by Visit Israel during the recent Miss Universe competition held in that country. Picture: Twitter

As we near the end of 2021, I look back at the attack on the West Bank city of Gaza that took place in May this year, and how it shifted the way the world perceives the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As normalised as conflicts and Israeli airstrikes may be to the Palestinian people, for the first time since the establishment of the state of Israel, the rest of the world witnessed the reality and extent of the disproportionate deaths and destruction Palestinians were suffering in the name of Israeli self-defence. This “a-woke-ning” can be attributed to the social media coverage, which...