“If you tremble with indignation at every injustice then you are a comrade of mine.” One of the mantras of a warrior from another time; comrade Che Guevara. Well, I can probably open a few of my blog articles with this sentence, and it’s not just the injustice, it’s the total hypocrisy and double standards we place on the value of human life, integrity, and freedom.
They say that anger is bad. Well, it can be, and it can be healthy too. And the truth is that I am angry. I am angry when I see how this fascist, racist, Zionist regime continues to occupy and oppress the people of Palestine for so long. Some of them have been under occupation or in exile for 68 years; others have been under brutal occupation for 49 years. It is the longest unresolved conflict in modern history and there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Palestinians or for the small segment of Israeli society who would actually like to live in peace.
The master demagogue ruling the apartheid state said that the root of the conflict is that Palestinians don’t want Israel to exist. He really has a way with words. The truth is that the root of the conflict is that Israelis don’t want Palestine to exist.
Israel would have never been created if the so-called west did not feel guilty for allowing Hitler to massacre 6 million Jews, not to mention the millions of gypsies and Russians. The gypsies had no one to campaign for them after the war but the Jews did. And so the trade-off was made; we give you Palestine, because a book written 2000 years ago said it was your country and in exchange you try to forget that actually we could have bombed the railroads to Auschwitz, but didn’t because the German war machine, as well as the allies one, was sponsored by the same bankers.
But this is an issue for another day. The issue now is how does each and every one of us finds a way to support the Palestinian people to finally get a homeland, even if it’s just a tiny one compared to the one stolen from them.
The younger generation of Palestinians is rising as David did against Goliath and they are being massacred. Young boys and girls mostly under 18 are attacking heavily armed Israeli soldiers with stones and kitchen knives, merely scratching them, and then being shot dead on the spot. It seems that the new Israeli tactic is to shoot the kids, no matter what age, no matter how small their crime. The new Israeli policy is beyond zero tolerance, its utter brutality; you throw stones at us and we shoot you with the latest most accurate and deadly guns
Now, I am not condoning any act of violence and also innocent Israeli civilians are being hurt. But the problem will not be solved with the theory “ if you hit me, I will hit you ten times harder.” What this will do is only perpetuate a greater cycle of violence. The answer for sure must be to finally address the real issue; that no one wants to live under an occupying force.
Why has Israel not agreed to the two-state solution? It is actually the Palestinians that are compromising and allowing them to live on the land stolen from them, though slowly but surely, the cancer which is called the Israeli settlers is eating away at any viable state that could be called Palestine.
And this is where real despair sets in amongst the young whom were born under occupation and fear they may live and die, never tasting the true feeling of freedom
The media is mostly is branding these young freedom fighters as terrorists. How can you call a young girl in high school, throwing a stone at a heavily armed Israeli soldier a terrorist? How? This is not terrorism - this is pure desperation!!! How would you or I react after living under brutal occupation for so long? How would you or I react if we were born into a ruthless subordination, being humiliated daily and being robbed of one of the most precious human emotions – Hope!
Would we react any different? Or isn’t there a chance that one day some of us would have also lost our minds and grabbed a kitchen knife or stones and ran to the nearest checkpoint of our oppressors to seek revenge or at least a voice.
And let us not forget the young Israelis indoctrinated into fear and war, bred to rule and oppress others. What will become of them? They are also victims of a fanatic ideology of a chosen people granted the holy land as a gift from God.
Violence usually does not solve anything, though we must understand the hopelessness these people are feeling and try to find in what way can we; each one of us support and give a voice to the ones who have lost all hope.
As the so-called free world sanctioned South Africa during apartheid time, and now sanctions Russia and Iran for much lesser crimes, or more so, no crimes at all, it’s time the world community imposes the harshest sanctions on the state of Israel, until it yields and grants the Palestine what was theirs in the first place - some portion of their stolen homeland.
Let us all pray that this cycle of violence is the last one and the Palestinians get their hope restored and get to build their own homeland on some of their ancestral lands.
Another world is possible, a world where Israel and Palestine coexist side by side in peace and harmony.