Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I’m sorry, but I can’t NOT say it

This is largely a politics-free zone, but today I feel sick to my stomach about something and just have to ask:

Why are we bombing Libya when we let the Israelis pound Gaza for a whole month in January 2009, killing 1300 civilians, and injuring thousands of others and making thousands more homeless? Why do we turn a blind eye when Israel continually flouts international law and steals land and resources from Palestinians, to build settlements on Palestinian land ?

Here is a report I just found on the net -

Richard Falk, the special rapporteur of the United Nations on the Palestinians, told the U.N. Human Rights Council that Israel is committing ethnic cleansing in eastern Jerusalem.

Falk called the council's attention to what he said was the intensifying deterioration of human rights in eastern Jerusalem, pointing to the increasing number of Jews moving into homes in the area and Palestinians being expelled from their homes by courts after challenges to their property ownership.

This situation "can only be described in its cumulative impact as a form of ethnic cleansing," Falk said, according to Reuters.

No, I don’t want us to bomb Israel. I don’t want us to bomb anyone. I am a pacifist. But what will it take to make the world deal with Israel, to impose sanctions, to cut off all financial and moral support, to shame them for their treatment of Arabs as second class citizens?

And yes, I have strong views on the bombing of Libya, too. But as I said, this is largely a politics-free zone.

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