In the volatile environment of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, where narratives clash, and opinions diverge, communication remains a powerful force in moulding perceptions and revealing truths. The events that have occurred since October 7, 2023, have demonstrated the transformative potential of communication in questioning dominant narratives, casting light on injustices, and, eventually, unravelling the nuances of the conflict. As Ramadan comes to a conclusion, despite continued raids, looting, and explosions, the evolution of global discourse highlights the critical role of communication in uncovering intellectualism during violence.

At first, the story that emerged from the events of October 7 portrayed Palestine as the object of strong condemnation. The world, as it had come to expect, repeated the accusations and criticisms leveled at Palestinian entities. But as time passed and an onslaught of voices reached the virtual domain, something started to change. Activists, individuals, and even the occupiers themselves unintentionally exposed the brutal facts of life under occupation on social media channels that had previously served as conduits of bias and disinformation.

A significant change in public opinion was triggered by the dissemination of footage showing occupants participating in explosions and looting, which was recorded in real time and shared on social media. The story couldn’t continue using the easy dichotomy of victim and offender. On the contrary, complex issues around oppression, resistance, and power relations emerged, calling into question long-held assumptions and encouraging critical analysis.

Being intellectual is built into the very act of conversation, which is at the heart of this change. Intellectualism is more than just intelligence; it includes thinking critically, caring about others, and being dedicated to finding the truth. In the digital age, where information spreads at a speed that has never been seen before, sharing stories becomes an intellectual act that shows how committed someone is to justice, understanding, and humanity.

Communication in all its forms helps to make opinions heard that have been ignored or pushed to the sidelines for a long time. People in Palestine have used communication tools like social media, grassroots organizations, and citizen journalism to fight censorship and counter-propaganda and try to take back control of their lives amidst the wrongdoing against them. Witnessing, exposing and writing down the wrongdoing becomes a form of defiance, a statement of intellectualism in the face of oppression among the civilians. In other words, the act of being a witness to wrongdoings and writing them down becomes a sort of defiance, a declaration of intellectualism in the face of oppression.

Furthermore, communication promotes discourse, allowing for empathy, understanding, and reconciliation. In the midst of conflict, where language frequently inflames passions and deepens differences, genuine photos and videos shine as a beacon of hope. Through social media platforms, individuals from many backgrounds converge to tell their stories, exchange ideas, and form friendships based on mutual respect and humanity by breaking down language, cultural, and geographical barriers.

Yet,the path to authentic discussion is filled with difficulties. In the context of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, decades of entrenched antagonism, propaganda, and violence have sowed seeds of distrust and animosity. The polarization of narratives, worsened by echo chambers and algorithmic biases, creates a severe obstacle to effective communication. However, in the face of these obstacles, the genuine measure of intellectualism is revealed.

Intellectualism demands humility—a willingness to listen, learn, and engage with perspectives that may challenge our own. It requires courage to confront uncomfortable truths, to acknowledge complicity, and to strive for accountability. In the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, genuine intellectualism necessitates a reckoning with historical injustices, a recognition of the asymmetry of power, and a commitment to collective liberation.

As the holy month of Ramadan draws to a close and the echoes of raids, looting, and bombings resound across occupied Palestine, the necessity of communication becomes even more pressing. In order to plant the seeds of peace and justice, it is necessary to engage in the sharing of stories, the amplification of voices, and the cultivation of empathy. In the face of hardship, intellectualism shines as a beacon of hope; it demonstrates the resiliency of the human spirit and the potential of communication to transcend barriers and help pave a path towards a more just and equitable world. Free Palestine!!





AP Dr. Siti Noor Fazelah Mohd Noor


Communication Science Research Centre

Centre for Language Studies

Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)