(note that this post is a short updated summary of the issues previously outlined in other posts on this site)
Many articles in mainstream media regarding the current violence in Gaza portray the conflict as a Hamas terrorist vendetta against Israel and Jews.
The reality is somewhat different.
notes as of 17th July, that “of the 214 Palestinians killed so far in Operation Protective Edge, at least 67 were women and children and 11 were elderly, according to Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman for the Gaza Health Ministry. Over 1,500 have been injured, and Gaza hospitals have reported severe medical-supply shortages. (In contrast)the first Israeli death was reported Tuesday, after shrapnel from a rocket hit a civilian handing out food to soldiers near the Gaza border. The disproportionate death and casualty rate between the two sides in this conflict clearly illustrates the overwhelming destructive power of the Israeli military machine against this tiny isolated ghettoised non-state. Israel, as the occupying force, has a UN mandated obligated to protect those people’s whose lands it has occupied.
As the history books show, Israel has pursued a violent and illegal process of the elimination of the ‘Palestinian problem’ since its brutal occupation of Palestinian lands in 1948, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven from their houses and lands by the Israeli Army, in what Palestinians call the ‘Nakba’
-the Catastrophe. That process of occupation and removal of people who have lived in the area for thousands of years, is ongoing. Operation ‘Protective Edge” is just one more step along the way to finally eliminating those troublesome Arabs who persist in trying to subsist in the homeland of their forefathers.
Along with that occupation goes an ongoing military ever-tightening noose around Gaza and the West Bank, which has seen Gaza literally strangled by Israeli occupation forces into a primitive society where sewage, water and health systems are largely nonexistent. Palestinian children continue on a daily basis to be arrested, tortured and thrown in Israeli jails for crimes such as stone throwing or protesting the occupation. Since the beginning of 2000, 1407 Palestinian children alone have been killed by Israeli forces.
And this ignores the many thousands of adults tortured jailed and murdered in Israeli prisons for daring to resist the occupation. And let us not forget all the Palestinian homes and orchards bulldozed by armoured bulldozers to make way for Israeli “settlers”, on a daily basis.
Israel is one of the largest and most well resourced militaries in the world (fourth largest); courtesy of the United States, who since 1948 has blindly promoted and applauded each atrocity committed by the Israelis in the face of overwhelming international condemnation.
Certainly no violence can be supported from either party in this horrendous and savage conflict, but readers of this post should not need to wonder why Hamas is angry and violent in response to this brutal and seemingly never-ending tragedy.
The only way forward is a one-state solution, where fair compensation for lives and lands lost is given to those hundreds of thousands of Palestinians forcibly expelled from their homeland; and all the resident populations-whether Jew, Christian or Muslim, learn to create a peaceful and sustainable future in a new and just Palestine.
And lastly, lets look at who supports this ongoing terror by the Israeli war machine ( note an abstention means tacit support for the status quo of more war).
Note the chilling banner at the end of Craig Murray’s blog here
on the Gaza genocide
The banner reads: “There are no innocents in Gaza“
Netanyahu’s War-What it is Good For
Human Rights Watch, taking Israel’s side (again)
The War on Gaza and the Cycle of Impunity
Gaza News – “At least they wont breed”
Understanding the Gaza Tragedy