Stop the rockets and Israel will lift the blockades.
or is it . . .
Stop the occupancy and Hamas will stop the rockets.
Of course I condemn the act of missiles being launched into Israel by the Palestinian militants. I utterly condemn this not least because I don’t believe in violence as a solution to anything but also because the militants don’t even try to discriminate between innocent civilians and the IDF. We mustn’t hide from the fact that those randomly fired rockets are killing babies, children, innocent people.
And as big, and as complex a picture the Israel/Palestine conflict is, I also understand the need for Israel to protect its people and stop the attacks on its citizens. But for crying out loud, these Israeli blockades and border closures aren’t punishing the men with the rockets. They are punishing the innocent – the sick, the elderly, the vulnerable, the children.
So now, under pressure, the Israeli’s have kindly, but temporarily, restored electricity to the Gaza strip.
Well that’s mighty noble of them isn’t it! Now the Palestinian people can watch TV and take showers and wash their clothes and flush their toilets – for a day.
That is, if they’re not too sick due of the lack of vital medical attention and supplies that the Israeli government has been preventing them from receiving since Hamas was democratically elected last year. Or if they haven’t already caught some dreadful disease due to a lack of clean water, food supplies and other basic necessities.
Who cares if they’re living under a cruel and unjust occupancy? What does it matter if the Israeli stranglehold they are forced to live under is cause misery and suffering, often with dire consequences? Why should it matter that Palestinian families are being denied their right to family life? Who are they to complain about movement restrictions and border closures resulting in deteriorating illnesses and death? Or rising poverty levels, mass destitution, malnutrition and the dependence on International aid as a direct result of the blockades enforced by the Israeli government?
They have electricity now. They should thank their saviour – their occupier, Israel.