Palestine has been occupied since 1947 by Israel with the aid of UN, US and Britain. UN sanctioned lands to both sides – to apparently appease Palestinians – but, mainly, due to sentiments towards the Israel. The balance tilts mainly towards the Israelis. “Arab rejection was…based on the fact that, while the population of the Jewish state was to be [only half] Jewish with the Jews owning less than 10% of the Jewish state land area, the Jews were to be established as the ruling body — a settlement which no self-respecting people would accept without protest, to say the least.” (Sami Hadawi, “Bitter Harvest.”)
However, Israel, fresh out of the very unfortunate Holocaust experience, chose to misuse the international sympathy and guilt. “In internal discussion in 1938 [David Ben-Gurion] stated that ‘after we become a strong force, as a result of the creation of a state, we shall abolish partition and expand into the whole of Palestine.” (Noam Chomsky, “The Fateful Triangle.”) It went ahead with mass destruction of homes, people, lives and the economy. The reason being solely politics and greed. Eventually, as a response, the Arabs had to react, which the Israelis incorrectly twisted into a justification (Hadawi).
The occupation did not end in peace. Basic human rights were blatantly ‘exercised’; most commonly “water quotas restrict usage by Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza, while Israeli settlers have almost unlimited amounts.” (Betty Jane Bailey, in “The Link”, December 1996.) The Israeli policy of punitive counterattacks (or state terrorism) seems to be to try to kill anywhere from 50 to 100 Arabs for every Jewish fatality. The devastation of Lebanese refugee camps, hospitals, schools, mosques, churches, and orphanages; the summary arrests, deportations, house destructions, maimings, and torture of Palestinians on the West Bank and Gaza..these, and the number of Palestinian fatalities, the scale of material loss, the physical, political and psychological deprivations, have tremendously exceeded the damage done by Palestinians to Israelis.” (“The Question of Palestine.”) The downright apparent media bias serves to ‘save’ Israeli international face. After all, not many bother to look undercover. Even if any one does, are historical accounts guaranteed?
Unfortunately, Israel presented “a revisionist point of view to a large extent by the declassification of relevant archival material in Israel, Britain and the United States.” (ifamericansknew.org) The UN did repeatedly condemn Israel’s consistent crimes, which still remains a horrific reality for the Palestinians.
Furthermore, a decade ago, the Palestinian outrage sparked a revolution, which was “undoubtedly fueled by the resentment caused by years of daily abuse and humiliation under Israeli occupation (Rachelle Marshall, “The Peace Process Ends in Protests and Blood”, Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, December 2000), was crushed with equal brutality.
The US has supplied military help to Israel and it will continue to do so. A party that claims to be the “mediator” does not fuel or excuse violence. It does not present biased reports of events through media. It does not justify violence of any form, under any condition(s).
“World opinion is always on the side of the underdog. In this fight, we are Goliath and they are David. In the eyes of the world [outside the US], the Palestinians are fighting a war of liberation against a foreign occupation. We are in their territory, not they on ours. We are the occupiers, they are the victims. This is the objective situation, and no minister of propaganda can change that.” (Israeli peace activist. Uri Avnery, “12 Conventional Lies About the Palestine-Israeli Conflict” from Palestine Media Watch, http://www.pmwatch.org.)
On a conclusive note, it is understandable that Hamas chooses to retaliate, albeit unsuccessfully. Hamas who is now apparently fueling Israel’s justified “self-defence” genocide. Hamas whose members have grown within the injustice and hate. Hamas, who as per Israel’s reports, committed war crimes.
Who holds the legal power? Who are the real terrorists?
I walk the rugged, barren scape of the Kilimanjaro. It hurts to breath. I keep on going. I need to climb to the top. For what? Maybe I am getting delusional, just like Jessie. No, no, there is nothing wrong in hoping to find life. Some semblance of a chance at normality, any clue. Preferably a human I could talk to and form a kinship, to work towards survival, or perhaps a vertebrate. But I have seen nothing so far. Even the plants are withered. The ones that survive are near a source of water. The seawater and lake water is warm everywhere, all year round. It tastes different, more rusty. Maybe from the decayed bodies buried deep underneath. There was no place to bury the mass number of bodies. The graveyards filled up a long time ago. Dumping them in multiple numbers in a single grave had led to ethical and health issues. The local committees and NGOs boycotted the government. That and the accumulating stench forced the government to change tactics. Now that didn’t bode too well, either. The UN had put their foot down to using the developing countries as a graveyard, finally, after a quarter of the population became a vessel for infection. It was too late by then. The cycle had already started and there was no end to it. Entire families, lineages and sects were wiped out. Did that put an end to the war? No. The developed countries, the main power horses, were still at it. All because of gold. Entire nations, mass destruction for more power.
The gold mines in the US were the first to go. A collaboration with Canada led to the wipe-out of the mines in Canada. Gradually, all the mines in most of the countries around the world dried up. The US sent a convoy to search for any remaining mines around the world. Finally after decades, a mine was found in Western Australia. The Australian government hid the whereabouts of the mine and operated in secrecy. After every deal backfired, a war was initiated. From there, it all went downhill.
While the developed countries created a no-go area, and started to dump bodies in abandoned houses, basement and attics, the developing countries didn’t take the further risks of possible worsening of the infected people or the spread of the infection and took to dumping bodies into the sea. And these counties couldn’t afford creating containment areas. There was just enough to feed and care for the people. Soon enough the water circulated and the infection spread to the “safe, contained” countries. People started dying everywhere. It was a chain reaction.
In the past year, I have covered as much as I could of Tanzania and found no one. Not even a soul. I was able to gather supplies: food, clothes, sleeping bags, toothpastes, toothbrushes, shampoos, deodrants, perfumes, and others to tend to my feminine needs. And lots of corpses along the way. I buried the children and babies. I couldn’t bear to see the innocence on their faces. The sweet and bitter acceptance of their fate. Why could I have not been one of them? Was I kept alive to witness people die? No, I promise myself I won’t give up till I know, till I see, life.