Palestinians and Israelis can’t find common ground
A blockade is an act of war and an act of violence against the civilian population of Gaza [“ Gaza blockade divides B.C. observers”, November 22-29]. Stephanie Goldberg of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs calls it “an act of self-defence by Israel”.
Most of the population of Gaza was ethnically cleansed from what is now Israel. Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has described this in his book The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Goldberg wants “Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel” and to “recognize Israel’s right to exist as a state”.
Where is Palestine’s right to exist as a state? Where is the right of Palestinians to live in their native country and not to have their land and houses stolen from them? Where is their right to not be forced into exile, or to not have their homes bulldozed or bombed into rubble? Where is the Palestinian right not to have their children shot or imprisoned for resisting an illegal occupation? Where is the Palestinian right to be free from foreign military occupation and military siege? Where is the right of Palestinians to self-defence?
Palestinians have a legal right to self-defence and to resist ethnic cleansing, military occupation, and a blockade. Israel is an aggressively expansionist, ethnic-cleansing, racist western colony in the Middle East. Where is Stephanie Goldberg’s shame for justifying a genocide in Gaza and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank, as defined by Pappe?
> James Hillen / North Vancouver
According to Gwynne Dyer, stupidity can cause a war [“Stupidity can cause a war”, November 22-29]. How true: the stupidity of Hamas having installed rocket launchers in hospitals, schools, and mosques throughout Gaza, then targeting more than half of the civilians in Israel using hundreds of rockets daily, only to be surprised that Israel retaliated and that civilians got hurt. Hamas ought to have learned the effect of its actions from Operation Cast Lead in 2008.
If terrorists in Bellingham attacked Vancouver with hundreds of rockets daily, surely we would call on the government to stop the shelling. Why is Israel criticized for doing the same?
As to the attack on the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981—Israel could not rely on the opinion of “most outside observers” that the facility was not large enough to enrich uranium. After 2,000 years of persecution of Jews throughout Europe and the assembly-line-style slaughter of six million during the Second World War, Israel does not have the luxury of taking even the most remote risk regarding the security of its population. Those who do not understand that are stupid.
The same philosophy that aims to destroy Israel also considers Christians “infidels” and therefore doomed to be killed. Dyer is supporting his own executioners. Now, that is stupid.
> Inda Cneac / Vancouver