This is a sad and shocking couple of days for me. Over 300+ Palestinians have been massacred in 3 days by constant Israeli air strikes in Gaza, not to mention the 1400 that have been injured. This is the biggest military offensive in the area since the 1967 war. An all out military strike against Hamas, which is a DEMOCRATICALLY elected government. Lest we forget, the Palestinians were urged by the US and the world to elect a government in a democratic fashion and the people of Palestine elected Hamas, a Palestinian political party that has a military wing. Don’t most governments have a military? Now, don’t get me wrong. Hamas has been violently resisting the military occupation of their country, Palestine. But this is a clearly disproportionate use of power and an all out assault against a governing body that was elected. It strikes me as crazy that one country can decide they don’t like another country’s government and so decides to massacre the entire governing force and military while taking out an undetermined amount of civilians, but I guess that is how civilized nations solve problems.
So do the Israelis really think this will solve their problem with Hamas and the Palestinians? In my opinion, this is the type of action that creates a breeding ground for continued resistance, militancy and ongoing violence. Many of the survivors and witnesses of this massacre will go on to retaliate for the war crimes being perpetrated by the Israelis against their community and their people. And so the story goes….
I imagine it seems like their is no end to this cycle of violence, but the frustrating part of the story for me is that there is. There is a very real and viable solution supported by Israeli and Palestinian academics and creative thinkers: the One State Solution. Israel becoming a state for ALL people who live on its land: Palestinians and Israelis. No more second class citizens, colonizing or occupation. Everyone gets everything they want: access to the entire country, equal citizenship, an end of violence, and a chance to live freely in the country they believe is their homeland.
Oh yes, I hear the detractors…but if Israel accepts all of the Palestinians as citizens then it won’t be a Jewish state. Yes, the numbers may be more 50-50. But isn’t compromise a less painful alternative to constant war and the continued psychological damage of breeding a militaristic occupation mentality into the entire Israeli collective consciousness? Does it really serve Israeli society to occupy and destroy another people? And if you are so concerned about statistics, I suggest Israelis start breeding like Middle Easterners and less like Europeans…this is in fact the Middle East you are now living in. (That’s only kind of a joke.) And as far as the Palestinians are concerned, once we are given equal citizenship and a stake in a real future, it will be up to us to lay down our claims and release our attachments to recovering the Palestine we lost. It will be up to the Palestinians to reach out and grab the chance to create a real future for our people. I’m not saying this well be easy. It will require both sides to make major ideological concessions, and release attachments to outdated and deeply held concepts. But it must be done. It’s the only way.
My 2 cents on a sad and shocking day in the world. I urge you all to do some research on the One State Solution. Who knew that one little Palestinian- American actress held the solution to the Palestine-Israel conflict….