"WHO STARTED IT" is not the point, genocide is. I don't blame few readers who condemned the Palestinians for firing rockets into the Israeli territory, giving Tel Aviv a valid reason to level Gaza Strip. They (the readers) don't know history.
So, let me tell them - Malaysians and others - something they should know.
Since 2007, Israel has
laid siege to Gaza, controlling its air space, its coast line, its long
border with Israel, and via compliant governments in Egypt its tiny
border with that country. The fact that these Israeli attacks preceded the firing of primitive
rockets from the Gaza Ghetto is both undeniable and irrelevant.
this time, not a single plane has arrived or departed from Gaza’s
bombed out airport. The few ships destined for Gaza’s seaport have been
violently seized by Israel’s navy, their crew members arrested if not
Gazans who stray to close to the fence that Israel built to
imprison Gaza’s population are shot dead, including a young boy playing
soccer earlier this month, whose death predictably provoked the futile
rocket fire that Israel uses as a pretext for its genocidal policies.
the start of the siege an advisor to the Israeli Prime Minister named
Dov Weisglass declared that 'the idea is to put the Palestinians on a
diet, but not to make them die of hunger'. An Israeli human rights group, Gisha, forced the government to disclose that the defense
ministry calculated the minimum number of truckloads of food needed by
Gaza’s 1.5 million inhabitants to avoid malnutrition - and then allowed
only half that number to enter Gaza!
Remember, during most of these six
years Hamas has been observing cease fires.
Nothing could better illustrate that Israel’s siege has nothing to
do with the rockets, and everything to do with deliberately inflicting
on Gazans conditions of life calculated to bring about their physical
This, by the way, fits the definition of genocide set out
in Article 2, Section C of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide. Israel’s siege does not just limit
the total quantity of food that Gaza can import but also many specific
staples as well as many non-food necessities.
According to a partial
list published by Gisha, fresh meat, jam, dried fruit, many spices, and
even chocolate are banned. Items used for producing food, such as
livestock like goats, cattle, and chicks are prohibited, as are seeds
and nuts, fishing rods, fishing nets, fishing ropes, nylon nets for
green houses, hatcheries, spare parts for tractors, planters for
Materials necessary for rebuilding Gaza’s bombed out
housing stock, such as wood, cement, and iron are prohibited. Education
materials like notebooks, writing implements, and standard sized writing
paper are banned. Musical instruments are banned.
Even children’s toys
are not allowed in, according to Gisha. Some of the restrictions may
have been relaxed amidst the negative publicity surrounding Israel’s
murder of Freedom Flotilla activists, but the basic strangulation nature
of the siege remains.
Most Gazans are refugees or are descended from refugees who fled
what is now Israel in 1948 during the Nakba, when rampaging Jewish
armies forced them to flee from their homes. Those homes were given to
Jewish families, and their Palestinian owners were never allowed to
return. The return of these people to their homes was once a key
Palestinian demand, one rooted in the Geneva Conventions.
the decades, Palestinian leaders have gradually given up on ever
returning to their homes. Even Hamas has offered a truce if Israel
returns to its pre-1967 borders, leaving the final resolution of the
problem to future generations.
Yet, despite all claims that they simply
want to live in peace, Israeli leaders have always pushed for more. Not
just more Palestinian land, but recognition of Israel’s right to exist
as a Jewish state in borders that it has yet to spell out.
the fact that the right of a state to exist does not itself exist in
international law (ask Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union), what this
amounts to is asking the Palestinians not just to accept the reality
that they will never get their homes back, but insisting that they say
that Israel has “a right” to those homes.
It is one thing for people to
accept the loss of a stolen item, but it is quite another to expect them
to acknowledge that the thief actually had a right to that item. But
that is precisely what Israel and its puppets in the White House and
State Department have long demanded.
We often hear that the United States and Israel are tied by shared
values. Nothing could be further from the truth. The core values of the
American state and the Jewish state are diametrically opposed. The
United States Declaration of Independence is based on the premise that 'Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from
the consent of the governed'.
The American State, at least in terms of
its values, is a state of the people it governs. Israel has never been a
state for the people it governs. Its declaration of independence is
explicit about it being a state for all the Jewish people, whatever
governments they live under. It is not a state for Israeli passport
holders of Arab descent, and it certainly is not a state for the
millions of Arabs in the lands occupied since 1967.
But it is explicitly
a state for Jewish people around the world, who are free to come live
in Israel simply based on their racial background, while Arabs are
excluded from returning to the homes they were driven out of based on
their racial background.
We have now heard some government leaders around the world, Obama and others, reiterate that Israel has a right to self-defense (our Anwar Ibrahim is one of them).
No American official
has ever spoken of the right of the people of Gaza to self-defense, and
it is safe to assume they feel that Gazans have no such right. And
judging by some nations' collaboration with and support for
Israel’s genocidal policies, they actually don't feel that the Gazans
have a right to food or shelter either.
And while the Americans still
have food to eat and a roof over their head, they have lost the right to a
government that represents their interest rather than those of a genocidal
foreign power. Welcome to Zionist-run America!
So, to those who keep blaming it on the 'attacks over frustration' by the Palestinians, you should at least imagine stepping into their shoe!