Increasingly, I am certain that I inhabit an insane parallel political world where we are merely an upside down, inside out mirror of what political sanity is. Case in point; Israel, a nuclear power, the poster boy Goliath state, portrayed as a hapless victim, whereas Gaza; a 360 km2 of land with no real governance, no military presence and 1.5 million people living in a virtual fishbowl, is viewed as housing a subhuman, inherently violent population whose sole purpose is to wipe out the world’s Jewish population, to “throw them into the sea”.It’s a mad, mad world.
There is no battlefield, as Gaza – one of the most densely populated areas of the world, is crammed like a tin of sardines – no way in, no way out. IDF; self described as the “most moral army” in the world, pontificates that it takes care to protect civilian life. Leaflets instructing Gazans to evacuate the area are dropped from the skies above, ignoring reality. There is no place to go, no place to hide.
Facilities housing those seeking refuge, the elderly, the sick ; such as UN schools and hospitals are attacked. All of Gaza is a battlefield leaving citizens nowhere to flee, nowhere to hide. Casualties are predominantly civilian and are estimated to be upward 80%.
With rare exception, North America’s mainstream media spins it’s own tale of the conflict, standing solidly and without question behind the State of Israel’s actions against an entire population. Although this most recent battle has little to do with rocket attacks, but everything to do with further marginalizing a people, the mantra, “Israel has the right to defend itself” against Hamas’s rocket attacks is invoked time after time. This too, has little to do with reality. How many rockets did Hamas deploy from November 2012 until this latest incursion? None. How many rockets did Palestinian militants dire? 55 down from over a thousand. “In fact, according to the Israeli Security Agency, 2013 Annual Summary Report, “2013 saw a sharp decrease in the rate of terror attacks originating in the Gaza Strip, as opposed to 2012: 55 attacks as opposed to 1,130 in 2012 (of which 1,085 were high trajectory launchings towards Israel). The circumstances that lead to this decrease were the Pillar of Defense ceasefire agreement in late 2012 (14-21 November) which curbed terrorism from the Gaza Strip.” Alternatively, how many times has the great state,of Israel violated that same said ceasefire? Too many times to count.
Politicians in both sides of Border; the United States and Canada, regurgitate the same lopsided narrative, claiming moral authority. What does morality have to do with war crimes, dead babies and destruction? Where is there honour in flying over an open air prison in US manufactured fighter jets dropping an arsenal upon a civilian population? The actions of the state of Israel are deplorable and condemnable, however, blame cannot be solely attributed to them. The United States and Canada certainly are culpable as their unwavering, absolute support of Israel’s actions have given license to act with complete impunity and a complete disregard of international law. Criticism one levels at the state of Israel becomes subject to accusations of antisemitism. Activists that dare to criticize the governance of the State find themselves labelled as antisemitic.
Both the United States and even more so Canada revel in their self declared status as true friends of Israel even while their actions ensure its destruction. Let’s be honest, the two-state solution is dead and buried. When negotiation is based on Israel’s wish list, rather than through the framework of international law, there is nothing left to negotiate and our unwavering support regardless of Israel’s actions will with certainty leave us on the wrong side of history.