In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…,” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d like to suggest that, when we have these conversations about Hamas and Israel’s current bombing campaign, we begin with the necessary context and historical perspective.
Re: The Nakba
1. To create the Jewish state, the Zionist movement destroyed more than 400 Palestinians villages and expelled 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and land. Palestinians who remained in what became Israel were relegated to second-class citizenship, had much of their property confiscated, and, to this day, have fewer rights than Jewish Israeli citizens.
Re: The 1967 Occupation
2. In 1967, Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem and still occupies them until this day.
Re: Settlement expansion; the apartheid wall; and the siege of Gaza
3. Over the past 47 years of occupation, Israel has illegally confiscated more and more Palestinian land; built an apartheid wall; systematically denied Palestinians basic human and civil rights and engaged in state-sponsored violence; and forced the Palestinians in Gaza to live in appalling conditions that make it increasingly impossible to survive. Israel’s latest bombing campaign, Operation Protective Edge, has killed over 1,900 Palestinians, at least 450 of whom are children, and has displaced hundreds of thousands more.
If those of us in the Jewish community who are committed to justice begin from these facts, I think it would become clearer – regardless of who the Palestinian leadership is – that the underlying problem really is the denial of freedom and basic human rights to millions of people, for decades. And, as a community, it should also become clearer where priorities need to be in order to have any integrity on this issue: addressing the Nakba of 1948 and the responsibility for the Nakba head-on – including the right of return for refugees; ending the occupation; ending the siege on Gaza; and recognizing the right to full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel.
— Donna Nevel
"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."
— Mohammed al-Khoudry a Palestinian farmer in Gaza. (via news)
Anonymous said: should israel cease to exist? why two-state solution isn't sufficient?
I was going to link you to some of my previous answers which I will do, but I thought I might explain to you why the two state solution is insufficient just because I’ve come upon a new realisation. Well firstly yes, I think Israel should cease to exist. I do think it is an illegitimate state built on stolen land through the blood of Palestinians.
That new realisation is occupation is deep, both physically and mentally. I knew that it was deep, but I never realised how deep it was. Ending the occupation is no longer about removing the siege on Gaza, removing settlers and the settlements and withdrawing the IDF from the West Bank. Talks about ending the occupation is moving to a discussion of a one state solution. However, going back to how deep it is. I want to explain why I think it’s deeply ingrained mentally. Occupation has become so normalised in Israel. Joining the IDF has become so normalised that very rarely you see people protest conscription unless they are Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel for very reasons. We see Israel becoming more and more right wing. We see Netanyahu currently bombing Gaza, and moving more and more settlers into the West Bank. More so, we see absolutely no intention of the Israeli government to end it.
It’s going to take years and years of work to simply undo and end the occupation, even though if the Israeli government wanted to, they can end it tomorrow. However I’ve rambled so let me get down to business, and truly explain. Like I said, Israel is pretty hellbent on maintaining its Jewish character, and in order to do this, it wants to absorb Israeli settlements as part of Israel proper, so basically it wants to annex them. Most of these settlements are either built in the proposed capital of a Palestinian state which is East Jerusalem, or area C which is in the deepest parts of the West Bank. Not to mention, the wall that exists to protect those settlements.This is going to leave a Palestinian state looking like Swiss cheese. Also, Israel refuses to give up the Jordan valley because it wants to maintain security considering it’s on the border of the Jordan river, and this also means it’s rich in resources.
Thirdly, a two state solution has been dead from day one, and it’s not really what Palestinians want. Palestinians want to be able to return to their homes, some of which lie in Israel. Palestinians want control and return of the land that was stolen from them in 1948. Also allowing Israel to remain existing just lets it get away with its atrocities despite the blood on its hands. Palestinians want justice.
As for those links, here I explain why I disagree with a 2ss (although I have sort of changed my reasoning but still stands): http://somepalestiniankid.tumblr.com/post/41099671218/you-guys
Here I explain why I support one state: http://somepalestiniankid.tumblr.com/post/85080607208/hi-can-you-please-explain-why-you-believe-in-the-one
Hope that helps.
The United Nations General Assembly authorized the establishment of the State of Israel by a vote of 33 in favour to 13 against with the full authority of international law.
You don’t get any more legitimate than that.
Israel has been a voting member state of the United Nations since 1949, less than one year after it was established.
They have won three wars in defense of their country which is why they still exist today and have every natural right to do so.
Jews originated from that area and they deserve to have a state there. I do want the Palestinians to have their own state as well, but the Jews need to have their own state (at least for the foreseeable future), because the world has proven one too many times that it cannot be trusted to not persecute Jews.
The two-state solution is the only option that makes sense. It’s the only option for peace right now. Who knows, once the two-state solution has been implemented, it might just be a matter of time before the two states become one?
Firstly, just because Israel has been established by the UN, it doesn’t make it any more legitimate than the United States which currently is where the UNGA headquarters are. Also the UNGA has literally settler-colonial countries on its security council. Israel was built through the mass ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
Secondly, those three wars were not in “defense” of the country, and just because it won, it doesn’t mean they have every natural right to do so. Israel waged those wars, and the only reason it won is because of American tax payer money paying for weapons, and Israel being a super power in the region.
Thirdly, so what if Jews originated there? It doesn’t mean that they had every right to come in, slaughter Palestinians and build their own state there. Palestinians originated there too. Also nobody said that the Jews had to leave once a one-state solution is established. They can stay, they just won’t be the majority.
Fourthly, the two state solution has been dead since day one. also Palestinians want justice. No justice, no peace.
now get the hell off my post.
"Israeli forces are using excessive, reckless violence in the occupied West Bank, killing dozens of Palestinians over the past three years in what might constitute a war crime, Amnesty International said.
In a report entitled Trigger Happy, the human rights group accused Israel of allowing its soldiers to act with virtual impunity and urged an independent review of the deaths."
— Amnesty International accuses Israeli armed forces of possible war crimes