I write often of Palestine and Israel and the injustices perpetrated through the Israeli Occupation. At times I know the reader may wonder whether there is anything else on my mind. The truth is that when a grave injustice happens in Palestine, I feel compelled—seeing before me the faces of so many children and people whom I love there—to share the information I’ve received, differing from the popular media explanation given to the crisis.
Such is the case with the three Israeli teenage boys who were allegedly kidnapped two weeks ago. Now two days after finding the dead bodies of the three youth, and with no evidence for the claim, the Israeli Government and the Military have raided and demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes, and have arrested over 500 Palestinians, including 24 members of Parliament, with no due process. The military has invaded hundreds of schools and universities and have killed ten Palestinian children. (I wait impatiently for the day when each Palestinian child’s life has the same value in the mind of the media as do the Israeli children.)
The United Nations Security Council called a special meeting in response to the horrific punishments Israel has been foisting upon Palestinians in response to the kidnappings—it seems to matter not a bit whether the Palestinian is guilty or not. The Under Secretary General to the United Nations called (before the boys’ bodies were found) the situation “alarming.” The Permanent Palestinian Observer to the U.N. called for the United Nations to act on behalf of the Palestinians. No statements could be made to the world community from the U.N. because the criticism toward Israeli actions was blocked “by a certain few.”
In the words of Juan Cole, a highly respected Professor of History at the University of Michigan, and an expert on Middle East history:
In the way of politics, the killing will be used by the Israeli Right wing to demonize all Palestinians and to justify collective punishment of innocents among them, and as a pretext to take further property and rights away from them. Mr. Netanyahu seems to think he can use the murders as a basis for a campaign to destroy the Hamas Party-Militia in Gaza altogether. But Hamas is a side effect of Israeli brutalization of Palestinians in Gaza, who live under an economic siege, and if it were destroyed, something worse would take its place. Intolerable situations produce resistance, and resistance movements are often fanatical. Of course, the Israeli crackdown actions will produce a backlash from Palestinians in turn.
For more information from Juan Cole go to: http://www.juancole.com/2014/07/israeli-policies-implicated.html
Sr. Paulette Schroeder
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