I blog for Change…

As I attempt to orient the windy and often treacherous roads that encapsulate life, here are some of my thoughts on the successes, failures and ultimately the hope and positivity in which I strive for a better world. I also hope that I can use this blog as a platform to elevate the social justice issues that are somewhat forgotten in the modern discourse of staying silent on issues that challenge. Sx

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It’s been an ever increasingly worrying trend to watch the level of dehumanisation and indignity that has been thrust towards the Palestinian people in recent times. There seems to be an ‘infallible’ and set way in which we are ‘supposed to’ react to these events. The mainstream media calls for global citizens to be outraged at the launching of rockets towards an ‘unsuspecting’ Israeli population and laments Hamas for every one of these that leaves Gazan soil. If you ask many people about what they believe the root cause of this particular conflict to be, they will whole heartedly and without any question tell you that Hamas is to be blamed for the kidnap and murder of 3 Israeli teens. According to the mainstream media this is the sole reason for the invasion…. However, it has been stated, by members of the IDF themselves, that Hamas, were not actually responsible for this act. That they indeed, had nothing to do with kidnap and murder of these teens and that this was in fact committed by a lone cell, operating out of the West Bank. So then, wouldn’t that mean that the entire premise for this operation has been façade and a downright lie? This assault has been justified, once again, on the premise of a lie through the propaganda machine that is the US backed Israeli state.

It is with extreme pain and heartache that I write this article, and let me state from the beginning, that I am by no means opposed to a Jewish homeland or protection of a people who were subject to such levels of mistreatment and suppression that were the days of Nazism. No population should have to endure such levels of violence, hatred, injustice and criminality. However, in saying all of this, are you the readership starting to see a pattern? It is inconceivable to me, that a population that endured such oppression and indignity can then turn around and inflict the same sentiment onto another group of people. Are the Palestinian people not human beings? Are they not the indigenous people of the land you are now settled in? Are you not scapegoating an entire population in order to justify the existence of your own people? The comparisons are limitless.

Now I know, that there are those among us who read or see anything to do with the support of humanity and restraint towards the Palestinian people to be an act of anti-Semitism; it is not. When you see a comparison of 1,100+ civilians being killed on one side against 3 on the other, you have to question what is actually going on. Claiming self defence against such disproportionate numbers is really not a viable or even believable act. Targeting schools and hospitals and claiming that militant activity is being hidden within these institutions is another unacceptable action. The killing of 7 UN workers and the suppression of this information in order to protect the Israeli juggernaut is yet again, is an intolerable action.

The truth is, that Israel cannot be allowed to follow a different set of rules that the rest of the world, they cannot operate with the level of legal impunity that has been seen since its inception. Is it acceptable that the Israeli state receives more aid from the United States than they provide to the whole of the African continent? Is it fair that an army which is rated as the 4th largest and one of the most proficient in the World is using this technology against rockets? And let’s be frank, rockets, which the majority thereof, are neutralised by its US provided Iron Dome technology. Is it just that the entire Gazan population is labelled as terrorists? That there has been an embargo on these people from land, sea and air for the past 7 years? Is it viable that Gazan fisherman are only allowed to travel 6 miles out to sea to fish? Or that most Gazans have never left the Gaza Strip due to the sanctions imposed from their nearest neighbour.

Don’t let the mainstream media mould your thoughts on this conflict, Hamas is not representative of the entire Gazan population. These people, 1.8 million of them are trapped within a 360km squared radius; half of this population being children. They are men, women and children like you and me. They are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers; sons and daughters. They bleed just like you and me and they have a right to dignity and justice, and the right to live a peaceful existence, just as you and I have. Remember that the next time someone is publicly shamed for uttering the words ‘Pray for Gaza’.


Author: es.el.gee

Sabene is a development practitioner, activist, writer, blogger and intersectional feminist. She currently works for CBM Australia and manages its India portfolio of Community Based Inclusive Development programs. Sabene’s expertise specialises in the intersection of gender and disability with a specific focus on South Asia and the Pacific. She is passionate about equality and social justice and serves as the Co-Director of Catalyst Co-Lab, an advocacy and rights based group which aims to raise awareness and empower active citizens and agents of change.

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