Sickened by Israeli airstrikes killing so very many Palestinians. 227 dead the last I read, and apparently 150 of them are militants. That still leaves 77 civilians…
Sickened by thousands of Hamas rockets (last I read was 4000) fired on Israel which have killed 12 (and luckily no more due to the Israeli defence system).
Sickened by Israeli policies of evicting Palestinians and grabbing land which sparked the fighting going on in Israel now. The Israelis blame Palestinians for starting the fights but forget that they started this particular escalation by continued evictions and eviction threats. In Israel, eviction is not merely a legal matter, it is always political when Palestinians are concerned.
Sickened by Netanyahu. Sickened by Hamas. I understand where both sides are coming from but their actions sicken me nonetheless.
Sickened by the rise of antisemitism I am seeing yet again.
I understand a ceasefire will be coming within the next day or two. I fervently hope so!
Of course, once the ceasefire happens, nothing will change. People will be even more extreme and entrenched. Netanyahu will continue grabbing land trying to force Palestinians out and Hamas will continue rejecting recognition of Israel. There are no good guys in this scenario, only bad guys on both sides trying to gain the upper hand. Meanwhile, the people suffer. Living peacefully side by side, in two sovereign states, still feels as impossible as ever.
I’ve seen so much taking sides over this without nuance that I also want to add here that Palestine has never been a sovereign nation, the territory has always been occupied by so many nations throughout its complete history. From wikipedia: “[It] has been controlled by many kingdoms and powers, including Ancient Egypt, Persia, Alexander the Great and his successors, the Roman Empire, several Muslim dynasties, and the Crusaders. In modern times, the area was ruled by the Ottoman Empire, then the United Kingdom and since 1948 it has been divided into Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”
I have seen this map of the more recent territorial history on my timeline a lot and came across a more nuanced version that I’d like to share here as well:
In the grander scheme of things it’s really a many, many centuries old Arab – Western world conflict with so very many historical and religious influences at play. The solution is not easy and emotions over this are fraught but at some point the culmination of thousands of years of conflict must result in some common ground, right? Could it ever happen in my lifetime, I wonder?
MTA: I just listened to Sarah Silverman talk about her confusion and mixed feelings about the whole situation and it pretty much mirrors mine. Starting at 13:30 minutes…
(P.S. Considering switching off comments for this one as I don’t want an Israel – Palestine conflict being fought out right here on my blog. For now keeping it open but I’ll see how it goes. This also applies to Twitter where I will only allow the people I follow to comment).