I woke up this morning with an extreme case of dja vu after reading an article that popped up on my Facebook and Twitter feeds
The three Israeli teens’ kidnapping lead to Operation Brother’s Keeper -a largely overlooked Israeli excursion into the West Bank to find the perpetrators of the kidnapping and bring the teens back home (Operation Brother’s Keeper)- the revenge kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir and Operation Protective Edge - the most recent invasion of the Gaza Strip that has cost more than 1,000 Palestinian lives (Operation Protective Edge).
Operation Brother’s Keeper, was based on the Israeli Government’s claims that Hamas was responsible for the kidnapping of the three Israeli teens and thus Israel had the right to search for the teens. The operation lead to retaliatory violence on both sides and culminated in Operation Protective Edge. However it turns out that Hamas WAS NOT responsible for the initial kidnapping. Rather It was a lone cell, acting independently, who committed the crime.
Now you ask where does the deja vu come in? Well let me answer that question with another question: remember this?
While only history can judge the true effects of these wars, we can never reclaim the lives that were lost due to our mistakes. I can only hope that the world can honor not only the deaths of the innocent Palestinians who have suffered and died to a large extent due to this mistake, but also those who have suffered oppression for decades by using this crisis to creating a ceasefire agreement that is accepted by Palestinians as well as Israelis; that ends the blockade of the Gaza Strip;;that finally allows Palestine to enjoy the full benefits of nationhood.
Today I saw an interesting article in the Huffington Post about US media bias in regards to the Israel-Palestine conflict. It was informative, reasonably accurate, and extremely hard to find if you weren’t looking for it. Thus I have been prompted to write what is probably my first original tumblr post in at least a year.
First of all let it be known that I am reasonably well read on this particular topic. If you have problems with the post feel free to inbox me with your arguments. However I will only accept arguments from people with legitimate, unbiased sources.
The relationship between the United States and Israel seems akin to that of a parent and the proverbial “problem child”. You all know who I’m talking about: the bratty little kid who acts all sweet and innocent when his parents are around but proceeds to kick, bite, and scream as soon as their backs are turned. And no matter how many times someone comes to the parents with a complaint like, “your child just pushed little Harry into the pool” or “your child bit little Harry” or “your child started crying because he only received 36 birthday presents (which is two fewer than last year” the parents either turn a blind eye or explain away the actions with a comment like “kids will be kids” or “my child would never hurt a fly, except in self-defense.”
If you didn’t catch the reference yes I did just insinuate that the relationship between the US and Israel is shockingly similar to that between Dudley Dursley and his parents with poor Palestine (er I mean little Harry Potter) caught up in the middle. However this isn’t the version where Harry gets whisked away to wizard school by the most magnificent man to ever wield a giant pink umbrella. It’s the real life version where Harry suffers from severe malnutrition, trust issues, and eventually leads a life of violent crime dating back to the abuse he suffered as a young boy (I’m honestly surprised it didn’t happen in the wizard version). Worse still whenever Harry tries to defend himself in a manner as pathetic and misguided as his malnourished body will allow Vernon, Petunia, and Dudley all turn a finger on Harry as the culprit of some kind of heinous crime and further justify their punishment of a boy who has lived most of his life in a state of solitary confinement and abuse that would break even the most hardened of adults, and turn many to even more desperate measures.
I condemn launching rockets at civilian targets, but I also condemn locking almost two million people in an “open air prison” with very little access to the outside world. (I further condemn locking 11 year old boys in closets for unwittingly performing magic in self defense, but I think everyone has had enough of the metaphor).