Posted on August 2, 2014
by Jerry Alatalo
The title of the short piece – “Why Are Israelis Killing Palestinians?” – may come across as the kind of question a 7-year old would ask when watching CNN. Come to think of it, there are probably many young girls and boys asking their parents or the closest adults that exact question these days. One wonders what goes through the minds of those parents or nearest adults before answering the young person’s question. One wonders what goes through the minds of the children who see Gazan children their age in emergency rooms.
Of course, when the parent or adult answers the little boy or girl with deflective, change-the-subject words like “when you grow up and become an adult, you’ll understand…” or “that’s adult stuff – you’re a kid just having fun”, the child doesn’t give up easily and continues to ask “why?” In many ways adults, when the issue of Israel-Palestine and today’s tragic situation becomes discussed, are still deflecting and changing the subject when it comes to “why are Israelis killing Palestinians?”
It is astonishingly ironic that a child’s innocent observation and inquiry represents precisely the necessary viewpoint from which to start resolving the Israel-Palestine conflict. The international community, when a concerted effort to answer the “why” question is started and carried out, will – through full and detailed uncovering of the actual facts, causes, and circumstances surrounding the history of Israel-Palestine – build the necessary groundwork for solving the conflict.
Palestinian human rights advocate and lawyer Raji Sourani describes Israel’s military style over the last weeks as the “rule of the jungle.” His view is that the current attacks on Gaza – including civilians, hospitals, schools, houses of worship, water and electrical infrastructure – have never occurred on such a level of destruction. Mr. Sourjani points out that in 2 hours after the scheduled 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire was unfortunately ended, 90 Palestinians lost their lives and hundreds more suffered injury.
“Simply, we are human beings. All what we are seeking, simple: freedom, end of the occupation, rule of law, as simple as that. We think we deserve to be protected, we deserve to be treated as a human being, we deserve to have an end to this Israeli criminal siege imposed on us for the last eight years. We think this Israeli criminal, illegal occupation should have an end. We have the right to engage with life positively, to be created. Too much blood, too much suffering if people feel they have only the rule of jungle. Israel (is) doing that, and the west (is) supporting.”
Mr. Sourjani said that nations in the west – United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany – who support “this inhuman, barbaric offensive against the civilians” have earned their states shame.
“We are not occupying Israel, we are not killing the Israelis. All what we want – simple – end the occupation and leave Palestinians be free. After 20 years of Oslo courts what we have – de facto apartheid system in the West Bank, ethnic cleansing in Jerusalem and Judaisation, and in Gaza social and economic suffocation, and war crimes taking place every day for the last 25 years. Israel should have an end to its criminal, belligerent, illegal occupation and practice against Palestinian civilians. We are entitled to protection as Palestinian civilians in the time of war.”
Why are Israelis killing Palestinians? Humanity must find and acknowledge the answer.
(Thank you to democracynow at YouTube)