Stuart J. Hooper
21st Century Wire
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve witnessed an incredible encroachment upon Gaza by Israeli military forces, and the slaughter of countless civilians. But, this has moved past a physical campaign of warfare into emotional realms that reflect attitudes of indifference to an unparalleled degree of severity.
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An Israeli academic has claimed that raping the wives and mothers of Palestinian, Hamas militants is the only thing that could deter further terrorist attacks. The remarks, from Middle Eastern scholar Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University, were made three weeks ago after the grim discovery of the bodies of the three kidnapped Israeli teenagers. According to Kedar, ‘the only thing that could deter a suicide bomber is knowing that if caught, his sister or his mother would be raped’. During the interview on Israel Radio Bet he also added that, ‘it sounds very bad, but that’s the Middle East’.
Such a pessimistic and cynical attitude refuses to solve problems with anything but medieval solutions, and rejects a Middle East that has been a centre of culture, art, mathematics and historical wonder. If we only ever focused on the negative history of nations and cultures, we would never be able to progress human civilization onward to a better world.
As chilling as it is that such remarks could come from the world of academia, a world that should be progressing positive, modern and trailblazing ideals, a report from The Guardian reveals that these attitudes extend into the general population of Israel. It notes that groups of Israelis gathered, daily, to watch the bombing runs on Gaza, letting out cheers of excitement while they were at it. They are also alleged to have been taking ‘selfies’, with explosions in the background, and threatening some photographers at the scene. Watch any interview with a veteran, from any war, and you won’t find them smiling and laughing about things such as bombings.
Another report from the Global Post states that a ‘vast majority of Israelis, including those on the left, still support the war, feeling Israel is in an impossible position and that those remaining in border towns insist Israel can’t be blamed for defending itself’. It goes on to talk about an alleged peace activist, who says ‘we are fighting for our lives. We are not attacking them on purpose. We never aim at civilian populations. We aim to kill terrorists who are using innocent citizens as shields. In wars, mistakes happen’. I’m sorry, but striking UN run schools in Gaza, three times, is not a mistake.
These Israelis are the epitome of ignorance and while we must call them out as such, we cannot tar all Israelis with the same brush. An Israeli woman, holding dual-citizenship with the UK, burned her Israeli passport in front of Downing Street last week; and many thousands of Jewish people have participated in protests around the world calling for an end to the conflict. The Israeli and Jewish people are not the problem here, but an out of control Israeli government certainly is. This is a government that has gotten Israel branded a terrorist state by Boliva, and led to the country being renounced by many others.
Israel is currently led by a man who brought a picture of a cartoon bomb, supposedly showing Iran’s almost nuclear capabilities, and drew a red line on it, showing just how far he will go before taking action, to the United Nations. This man is not a world leader, as he has shown himself to be incapable of leading maturely, while also successfully leading Israel astray from the rest of the world with these actions in Gaza. Therefore, I would urge the people of Israel to take a hard stand against such a man and demand an immediate general election to remove him from office. This insanity has to end.
Stuart J. Hooper
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