Saturday, 3 January 2009

Mercy

Today protesters all over the world marched against the Israeli bombings of Gaza. I wasn't one of them, but I agree that we should condemn these violent attacks which are costing many innocents their lives. The state of Isreal has the right to try and protect its citizens, but it continues to abuse its military powers to needlesly punish the Palestinian people and aggravate a conflict that already seems too complex to solve.

There is much sympathy in the West for the problems the Israeli government faces, especially in this age of fundamentalist terrorism and islamophobia, but at some point they have to be held accountable for their inhumane treatment of the Palestinians. There is no doubt that there are those that seek the destruction of Isreal and I am not trying to belittle that fact, but to pull out the old cliché; two wrongs can't make a right. Being critical of Israeli actions does not mean you are anti semitic, it means you view the state of Isreal as a mature and civilised nation that needs to behave as such.

For too long the international guilt over the holocaust has coloured our vision of the Isreali/Palestinian conflict, but the lesson that we apparently learned from those atrocious crimes is the wrong one. We should not strive just to protect our own, we should always keep the humanity of others in mind, and weigh our interests to those of the people around us. If you base your decisions solely on your own interests and the outcome results in something that is unacceptable to those around you, you can be sure that trouble is ahead. Fundamentalism and terrorism flourish only where nothing else does. Give the Palestinians a chance to build something resembling a decent living and they will fight to protect what they have. Against political instability, against violence, against terrorism. But they will need something to lose first...

2 comments:

Sofi said...

"Being critical of Israeli actions does not mean you are anti semitic, it means you view the state of Isreal as a mature and civilised nation that needs to behave as such."

HELL to the YEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHH

I couldn't agree more with you. Wanna be lovers?

Pants said...

Bring it on my Chilean princess! I've never had a Latin lover...