posted on Jan, 6 2009 @ 02:26 AM
The KEY problem when discussing this conflict is the way people with different views on the situation are classified as either for or against, and
this is then taken personally or with prejudice to fuel more debate.
There really are SO many conflicting views on this whole crisis, it is easy to be caught up in the emotion and passion of your feelings for what you
feel is true or real. It is extremely difficult, but we all need to think what are the best actions in order to achieve realistic happiness for ALL
people in that region. Please don't suggest silly, primitive slogans that sympathise with your Inner-Political views.
Also, a few things that MUST be said:
- NOT all Jews around the world support or condone the actions of the ISRAELI politicians. Thus, it is really stupid to build on anti-Israel and/or
anti-Jewish sentiment to push either view. Even the country as a whole is unfair to rally against because it is really the Government that is making
and allowing these actions to continue. The Israeli Government should be the target of protests, not the whole country.
- It is grossly unfair to label all Palestinians as terrorists. I see this being done by many to fuel their pro-Israel stance. Palestinians are people
and deserve to be treated as such. You CANNOT just throw all Palestinians into the "part of the problem Terrorist" basket, thus "its ok to let
their civilians die." REMOVE your strong feelings of allegiance to Israel for a moment - ordinary fathers, mothers, children and whole families are
being killed and torn apart. The traumatisation of the survivors is perhaps the most dangerous consequence of this. If your whole family was killed by
the Israeli army at a young age and you survive...you know the rest.
- Please stop referring to this situation as Genocide. The Israeli government is NOT attempting to systematically annihilate the Palestinians as a
people. (Not defending their block aid/controlling policies, but they actually COULD systematically wipe out all Palestinians if they willed. They
have had opportunities to do this and they have not.) They want to stop threats from religious fanatics against their country - yes this situation is
destroying the morale of both people. But the policies that the Government is using is resulting in mass civilian casualties (again, this is NOT its
intention, but is in reality what is happening as a result of these policies.)
- As many have probably noticed: this whole issue is touching the heart of many around the world. This might be the most delicate issue of our time in
terms of global peace and stability; we must think before we act.
In addition, two irrefutable facts remain:
1) For every civilian Palestinian life that is taken, Israel (unfortunately, the country as a WHOLE) is losing the support, patience and sympathy of
most people around the world (those not living in the area.) This is not something you can ignore, and Israeli politicians should be much more mindful
2) For every Islamic extremist fanatic that continues to fire rockets and shells into Israeli territory, you ARE also losing sympathy for ALL
Palestinians as a whole. If you REALLY care about your family and friends, STOP firing. Doing this intentionally among civilians is not just cowardly
but grossly irresponsible for the welfare of your people.
Less violence and more dialogue will result in a more positive outcome.