Sunday, July 27, 2014
'Only stones remain': Gaza lies in ruins - 1,031 Palestinians killed, 6,000 injured // The Massacre at the UN School/ Refugee Center // Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ is Not enough
Palestinians in Gaza have been shocked by the scale of Israeli destruction, as long-term truce efforts continue
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It is frankly stupid to think the Israelis can, in Mitt Romney’s words, kick the can down the road forever on making peace with the Palestinians. It hasn’t tried because
Israel wants Palestinian land and
resources and won’t give them up. The United
Nations has raised the specter that because of the Israeli blockade
and the consequent inability of Palestinians in Gaza to build their infrastructure, it may
well not be habitable by 2020. Its only native source of water, an aquifer, is
90% polluted. If Gaza
fails, where will its by-then 2 million people go? Will Israel just let
them thirst to death? Renal failure typically sets in in about 3 days if people
don’t have water. That is genocide. Israel gives no evidence of doing
any planning to avert that outcome in a territory for which it is responsible
in international law.
The one strategy Israel has is to use collective punishment and a blockade on children and other non-combatants in an attempt to weaken Hamas. But even if they could succeed (so far they haven’t), the Israelis don’t seem to realize that the hellhole that is Gaza will always throw up radical groups intent on breaking the 1.7 million Palestinians there out of their large open-air jail, in which Israel is keeping them.
That is, Israel’s only real strategy is causing war, not ending war.
Gaza is not a country, that Israel can be
at war with it. It is a tiny strip of land surrounded by Israel from land, sea
and air, which is kept from exporting its made goods for the most part, faces
severe restrictions on imports, and therefore has had imposed on it a 40% or so
unemployment rate. Some 56% of Palestinians in Gaza are food insecure. Gaza
is recognized by the international community as an occupied territory, with Israel being
the occupying power. If being occupied by Israel
were so great, by the way, why is Gaza
so badly off?
Hamas keeps rejecting any ceasefire that does not include a provision for the lifting of the siege of the civilian population. I heard the French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, speaking after the meeting of diplomats in Paris, and he spoke about a settlement that allowed for the social and economic development of the Palestinians. What a joke! France is has done nothing practical to end the blockade or allow Palestinians to develop. So a cease-fire that does not include an end to the blockade on
Gaza by Israel is not a cease-fire, it is a
pause in the war.
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