I am sure that you are all following the news closely, and so I have not been issuing war bulletins. But, several media reports of public statements by politicians and opinion leaders around the world pose some questions.
Successive Palestinian governments openly declared that they would ignore signed peace treaties and maintain an "armed struggle" against Israel. After more than 1,000 rockets and other terrorist attacks launched on Israeli civilian targets from Gaza, the Palestinian Authority's ruling party committed an open act of war against Israel's military. The tunnel it used to enter and attack an army base on Israeli sovereign territory took months of planning and significant finance. The UN joins the bleating about a "humanitarian crisis" affecting the Palestinians in the "occupied territories" of Gaza, and the world demands Israel limit itself to "proportionate" responses, and expressing concern about a "return to the cycle of violence".
And five years after Israel left Lebanon, Lebanon has consistently ignored UN resolutions requiring it to remove Hezbollah installations and secure its border with Israel. Since then, Hizbollah has joined the Lebanese government. Missiles, rockets and incursions into Israeli sovereign territory, aimed at harming the civilian population continued at "low-intensity". And now, an act of war in which, under the cover of rockets at Israeli civilian targets, an Israeli army vehicle was attacked on Israeli sovereign territory, with soldiers killed an abducted. Again, the world demands Israel limit itself to "proportionate" responses, and expressing concern about a "return to the cycle of violence". Thousands of rockets have been launched on Israeli civilian targets from Lebanon.
An incomplete list of Israeli cities and towns which have suffered Palestinian and Lebanese attacks on civilians include Ashkelon, Bat-Ami , Beit Jan, Biranit, Haifa, Hatzor Haglilit , Karmiel, Kfar Vradim, Kibbutz Gesher Haziv , Kibbutz Kabri, Kibbutz Karmiya, Kibbutz Nachal Oz, Kibbutz Netiv Ha'asara, Kibbutz Sa'ad, Kibbutz Saar, Kyriat Shmona, Maalot, Matat, Naharia, Ram-on, Safed, Sasa, Sderot. Hundreds, including men, women and little children, have been killed and injured.
So here are the questions:Humanitarian crisis
Anti-Semitism rears its head as Israel is singled out time and again for criticism for real or imagined wrong-doings, when far worse atrocities are ignored around the globe. Worse is anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism. The world doesn't consider Palestinian Arabs capable of being responsible human beings. They are not expected to govern themselves, live up to basic democratic values, eradicate hate, keep written agreements, or keep to international standards in the conduct of war. Excuses are made all the time, and their victims take the blame.
Whenever you see a news report, politician or NGO expressing concern about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, the occupation, the proportionality of Israel's actions, or the cycle of violence, please write and politely ask for some answers to these questions.
Original piece is http://dfrankfurter.livejournal.com/