This last week people have been condemning the ongoing fight between Israel and Gaza in what has been another bloody battle. Over 180 Palestinian civilians have died at the hands of “targeted” air strikes by Israeli forces who say that they’re “trying to stop attacks by Hamas.”
The fact that over 70% of these Palestinian victims are civilians raises serious questions as to whether or not, Israel are trying to defeat Hamas, or whether they’re in fact committing modern-day genocide and ethnic cleansing by targeting buildings such as a home for the disabled, hospitals and yesterday, four children. Social media is plagued with Israeli’s attempting to portray a war torn country, but upon seeing reports of Israeli’s dragging chairs and popcorn to hilltops to watch bombs land in Gaza, you start to see just how little of a victim the country actually is.
There is one huge point that needs to be made though. Amongst all of this, we shouldn’t condemn all Israelis and people of Jewish descent for the monstrosity that’s going on. There are some Israeli’s who are actually pro-Palestine and who do not agree with Israel’s actions nor their government’s attitude. Likewise, there are others who simply want peace in the region – something all of us hope for one day.
The kidnapping of those three Israeli teenagers, everyone will agree, was terrible. But the kidnap and subsequent revenge murder of Palestinian teen Mohammed Abu Khdeir, just goes to show how petty this tit for tat game has become. Rather than take a peaceful, pragmatic approach that would probably win more respect, this abrupt and vengeful attitude has triggered shock and anger amongst communities around the world.
On top of this, no western government has offered to step in to stop this mass murder, which only further proves that neither the UK or US truly care about Palestinians who are being driven out of the only homes they know.
For the UK and US, I suppose if a country doesn’t offer natural resources that they can in turn exploit, you should expect them to turn a swift blind eye. Even with blatant genocide gripping Palestinians, the only country attempting to offer a ceasefire, was Egypt.
People who usually don’t think twice about making statements are too scared about being politically incorrect and have been tweeting support for Palestine and Israel, asking for both to be free from occupation – which, would be correct if Israel was being occupied in the first place. Piers Morgan and Rihanna have shown support to both sides, but something tells me this isn’t their choice. You only have to look at Rihanna’s previous tweet with the hashtag #FreePalestine, which was subsequently deleted.
The way in which the media have reported on this event should also be called into question. Why is Israel not being held accountable for committing war crimes, ethnic cleansing and even genocide? Coverage has been in many people’s opinions, one sided, but with the power of social media, support for Palestine is growing and is rife. Protests are cropping up around the world and eventually, media organisations who are ironically run by executives who are pro-Israel, will have to sit up and take notice. You only have to look at the difference in death tolls to realise that the coverage we’ve been fed is well and truly biased.
What has surprised me the most is the way pro-Israeli’s online are so eager to lament you a terrorist for sticking up for Palestinians and for speaking against the actions Israeli forces have taken. It’s not okay for me to support children who are losing parents and siblings, but it’s okay to support the other side who are intent on wiping out an entire population in order to occupy land that doesn’t belong to them… SURE.
I, like many others, care about the civilians that are being targeted. The fact that roughly 200 people have been killed as well as four children yesterday, makes it all the more obvious that the Israeli government are determined to cull a population for their own personal gain. Of course, their funds largely comes from the US, which would easily explain their support for Israel.
It’s only right that Palestinians have the freedom they deserve. How dare they be made refugees from the land that was originally their home. Israel have done lifelong damage to children unable to sleep at night and who wake up with nightmares. They’re the reason why parents are having to bury their children and why some children are left as orphans at a shockingly young age. For those condemning Hamas, wouldn’t you want to protect your home if it was stormed by strangers declaring it now belonged to them? Of course you would!
If supporting these vulnerable children and civilians makes me a “terrorist appeaser” (in the words of some pro-Israel tweeters) then fine. I’ll take that. So will the million others around the world.