The loss of innocent lives in the current Gaza war is terrible, and Canada should be doing its utmost to stop this bloodshed.
Yes, the rocket fire by Hamas is both wrong and futile, but given Israel’s demonstrated ability to stop these rockets, the killing of men, women and children and the destruction of homes and infrastructure in the bombardment and invasion of Gaza is totally wrong and inhumane.
Both the Hamas rockets and Israel’s response are surely mainly intended to pander to extremists on their respective sides, actions no sane person or government should support.
Yet, all Palestinians have good reason to detest the policies and actions of the Israeli state. Consider the millions of Palestinian refugees who lost their land, homes, villages and towns, the descendants of those killed and displaced when Israel was established, those who suffered the same fates in subsequent wars between Israel and its neighbours, those who continue to be driven from land and homes in the occupied West Bank, where Israel expands its settlements, roads, and military areas, already taking up 40 per cent of the West Bank, not to forget the deaths, overwhelmingly Palestinian. Quite apart from the earlier horrors, between 2000 and 2013, 1,523 Palestinian children and 129 Israeli children have been killed in all Palestine/Israel conflicts, including brutal actions by the Israeli military in the West Bank (many unreported in our media), a statistic which shows how problematic Israel’s use of the recent abductions and killing of teenagers was as a justification for “going after” Hamas in Gaza, the prelude to the present war.
Can our politicians not see that while Israel continues to harass and displace Palestinians in the West Bank, as well as confine the 1.5 million in Gaza to an area smaller than that of St. John’s, the future for both Palestinians and Israelis can only be bleak?
All the Harper government seems to be able to do is, once again, support “Israel’s right to defend itself.”
We should expect better of our government, as well as of all other countries with influence in the region.
for Solidarity With Palestine