So, then, are they supposed to hit a rehabilitation centre for the disabled or a beach cafe where people watching the World Cup? A hospital or a mosque? Do you know how many Palestinians who were older than the state of Israel murdered as a result of Israeli strikes?
This is not about Hamas; before or after Hamas nothing has changed. Israel has been shelling homes, hospitals, schools, mosques; slaughtering unarmed civilians, journalists, men, women & children in their sleep. Israeli army tells Palestinians to evacuate their homes? How thoughtful, isn’t it? There is no safe place in the Gaza Strip, nobody is safe and there is no escape for anyone. So if you drop hundreds of tonnes of bombs on this territory where nearly 2 million people are packed, you kill them anyway. They have been living under occupation for decades and once again one of the most powerful militaries in the world is attacking them in the name of protecting the state of Israel. It’s true that Israel is an internationally recognized state but Palestinians have been stateless because of the state of Israel and it’s a nation that was built on the stolen land of Palestinians, and above all, upon the graves of countless Palestinian lives. Therefore, Palestinians fight back because they have to resist in order to exist. What are they supposed to do, roll over and die?
I’m putting that Palestinian farmer’s words from 2012 that I posted one more time for I couldn’t have said it any better:
"I’ve really tried to understand the Israelis. I used to work on a farm in Israel. I speak Hebrew. I watch their news. All the time they talk about fear. How they have to run to their bunkers to hide from the rockets. How their children can’t sleep because of the sirens. This is not a good way for them to live.
"We Palestinians don’t talk about fear, we talk about death. Our rockets scare them; their rockets kill us. We have no bomb shelters, we have no sirens, we have nowhere we can take our children and keep them safe. They are scared. We are dying."
Especially, if you look through the pictures coming from the Gaza Strip, you’d understand it much easier. There is no way to justify such massive killings. At least, shouldn’t be, yet I keep getting messages like this one. As I’m trying to find not-too-graphic pictures to be posted among the dozens of photos of the dead, despite the headlines you can read, it’s just tragic to find pictures from Israel titled as “people relaxing on the beach during the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
(the following is quoted from this AJ article)
"Israelis are free to indulge in a grand delusion of self-righteousness. "No normal country could tolerate terrorists firing missiles into its urban centres," they say.
"No normal country practises the crime of apartheid."
"No normal country demolishes the homes of suspects…
or punishes millions of people…or seeks vengeance and vengeance and vengeance in a fit of bloody wrath,” we might wearily reply.”
Maybe one day if Israel as an internationally recognized state stops violating international laws, such as that prohibiting the targeting of civilians, then we’ll talk again.