- You're probably wondering what it is these Palestinians
over there want. Well, even if you aren't wondering about it, I'll tell
you anyway. They want the same thing the Founding Fathers of this country
- You see, in 1967, Israel fought a war with Syria, Jordan
and Egypt and won it right handily in about six days. In the process, it
occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Jordan had illegally
annexed the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Egypt controlled Gaza.
- The past 33 years, the Palestinians in those areas have
lived under Israeli military occupation. Israel has no legal claim to any
of their territory, including East Jerusalem. The United Nations has passed
a number of resolutions upholding the Palestinians' claims and their right
to self-determination. Bitter Harvest by Sami Hadawi has a good account
of these resolutions.
- Americans, of course, don't know what it's like to live
under military occupation. Palestinians must at all times carry special
identity cards. Their cars must have a special license tag. They effectively
have no rights. Their land has been confiscated and Jewish settlements
built on it. Their own houses have been demolished or blown up. Olive tress
hundreds of years old have been bulldozed. Palestinians frequently are
placed under "closure," which means that they cannot travel to
get to their jobs. Often they are placed under curfew, which means that
they cannot leave their houses for any reason.
- You can't do anything but sit inside your house until
your foreign occupier gives you permission to leave. Whenever they protest
these indignities, some are shot dead, and even more stringent punishments
are imposed on the survivors. The Israeli human-rights organization B'Tselem
has documented much of this abuse, as have Christian observer groups.
- During the most recent upheaval, according to the British
newspaper The Independent, 191 Palestinians have been killed, and the wounded
number more than 5,000. The same article states that 24 Israelis have been
killed. Snipers have shot many of the Palestinians, including children.
Amira Hass has written poignantly of this practice in the Israeli newspaper
Haaretz. Israel recently has been condemned by Amnesty International and
the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Physicians for Human Rights
recently condemned the use of excessive force by the Israeli Defense Force
- A British newspaper editorial recently observed that
if the Palestinians were black, the world would be united in denouncing
Israel as a rogue state. Unfortunately, the Palestinians are not black.
Moreover, the Israeli spin-doctors are so skillful and the Israeli lobby
is so powerful that they have managed to convince most Americans that Israel
is the victim of aggression.
- In fact, more American sailors died on the USS Cole than
Israeli soldiers during the recent fighting, as of this writing. Apparently
Israelis define aggressors as 14-year-olds armed with slingshots. I think
that any man who can frame the face of child in his telescopic gunsights
and kill him is a filthy animal who doesn't deserve to walk on this earth.
- I've heard many tragic stories of Jewish children being
shot by soldiers during the Holocaust. I fail to see any difference between
a Jewish child being shot and a Palestinian child being shot. I fail to
see any difference in the children. I fail to see any difference in the
- Americans who fail to speak out against these crimes
being committed against the Palestinians with our money and with our government
blocking any relief by the United Nations are accessories to the crimes.
Remember: There is a God. And, sooner or later, there is always justice.
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