I one asked a German friend to imagine that Gaza was
inhabited by Jews and that those placing their city under a blockade were
something else, bombing their civilians. Her answer was that she couldn’t, and
that to me epitomizes the problem we have today. The idea that you are not even
able to do the mental exercise of imagination speaks volumes of where we are
now. I think that is the current problem with those supporting the genocide in Gaza.
Peace is not possible if the oppressor continues to oppress, no matter how much everyone in power convinces us that the status quo is fair.
The Ukrainians and Belarusians supporting the ethnic
cleansing to be carried out by Israel in Gaza are the most baffling to me.The
people in Ukraine have every right to fight for their freedom against those
trying to take away their land and agency. Now replace Ukraine with Palestine.Western
governments are Ukranian when it comes to Ukraine but are Russians when it
comes to Palestine. There are people who support Ukraine because they are
principled, there are people who support Ukraine because they are racist.
Palestine helps us understand who is which.
Mainstream western punditry will pretend that Israel hasn't been an occupier, hasn't been attacking Palestinians, hasn't been committing injustices and will just condemn Palestinians, but what's new, they offer the same story no matter what actually happens on the ground. So many people support Palestine in western countries but their governments and media make it impossible to voice their support to influence the mainstream. People in the west can lose their jobs and likelihood if they support Palestine. Many live in fear.
My solidarity with Palestine grew not because they're Arabs and not because of any other mainstream narrative but because Israel has occupied their land, deprived them of basic rights and continuously oppress Palestinians. My solidarity is against injustice. Always.
The EU stands with Israel. The EU strongly condemns Palestinians breaking out of their cage and refusing to suffer and die in silence.
Bernie condemns Palestinians for breaking out of their cage. I suppose he just thinks that everyone should stand up against those depriving them of dignity and a better life but with the exception of Palestinians.
The dividing line in the Israel - Palestine conflict is this. Do you accept all people in this region to have equal rights no matter their ethnicity, race or religion?
Of course the west supports apartheid, they always have. Germany has kind of outlawed BDS, a form of peaceful resistance against Israel's continued abuses against Palestine and Palestinians.
Israel retaliates disproportionately, kill civilians, commit war crimes and the international community will continue to support Israel and never lift a finger to hold them accountable. But that happens anyway whether Palestinians attacked them or not.
Collective punishment, carnage, indiscriminate killings, targeting civilians, cutting off electricity, cutting off water. The west cheers on.
I guess the world is now getting ready to sanction a final
solution regarding Palestinians.So much for the 'Never Again' motto.
Funny thing, when Israel retaliates and commits the most
heinous crimes, the trope "has a right to defend itself" continues to
echo. When Palestinians respond to decades of oppression, international law is
invoked. The fact that people say Israel has a right to defend itself but
Palestine does not, is one of the most racist bigoted tropes of our time.
Logic won't win an argument but the least we can do is have a sound moral position. This means that we can't ignore things at will. Occupation factors into every analysis. Ignoring it will turn Palestinians into aggressors, including it will turn them to freedom fighters.
Many are citing international law to condemn the attack on Israel, but the greater majority ignore international law when it applies to Israel. They don't recognize the right of Palestinians to fight for freedom and turn a blind eye to Israel targeting children and journalists.
We live in a world that legitimizes some types of murder and criminalizes others. What a petty fight to determine what is the moral way of taking a life.
There are two main reasons why people support Israel's apartheid practices and settler colonialism. Ignorance or racism or a combination of both. In Germany they can be combined with guilt.
People are describing the events of last Saturday as an attack, but in reality it's best described as a prison break. Now the wardens are bombing up the open air prison they created, like they would a riot, except with no obligation to keep the prisoners alive.
I think the people who understand the plight of Palestinians most are Jews, when the world had turned their back on them and masses cheered for their eradication. I hope one day it will be recognized how wrong it is now as it was back then to cheer for their oppression and death.
EU aid to Palestine is conditioned on them being slaughtered in silence.
I agree with everyone about not targeting civilians, but what I find baffling is shifting the focus to it only when it happens to Israelis and completely ignore it when it's happening to Palestinians. Israel does this a lot more and consistently gets away with it.
First Europe went after the Jews, now they go after the Palestinians. Many today wonder how people in the past could support genocide. Those who support the indiscriminate killing of Palestinians can find the answer within themselves.
Funny to see people trusting the same journalists and outlets that claimed Iraq was building a nuclear bomb.
The people who condemned the entirety of Gaza to death because of false reports of beheaded babies, do nothing to condemn the targeting of children and paramedics by Israel's strikes. It's as if they're only looking for excuses to justify the murder of Palestinians.
Berlin police violently put a child in cuffs yesterday on behalf of Israel. These people are capable of becoming monsters in an instant and they raise a flag of righteousness while they do this. It should be sickening to the world but the world is thirsty for blood these days.
The license for genocide is when those who are seen to uphold any kind of morality stop caring about any of it. Do not be complicit in the genocide planned for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.
After all the years of fighting, the real demand that can end this is equal rights for all. It seems like not a lot to ask, but in reality it's asking for the impossible.
If this was a different topic, some people would have asked for Joe Biden to be impeached for his brazen lies.
The British Foreign Minister James Cleverly stood by while his counterpart dehumanized Palestinian civilians. What a horrible racist.
We are witnessing ethnic cleansing in the making, I hope it is averted as people realize they are repeating the ugliest history of the world.
Western powers are lying, censoring, arresting, oppressing anyone who offers a balanced perspective about Palestine and with all the war mongering and support of ethnic cleansing, terrorizing people who have a different view point and yet they dare call others terrorists.
Amnesty's Crisis Evidence Lab has verified that Israeli
military units striking Gaza are equipped with white phosphorus artillery
rounds. We are investigating what appears to be the use of white phosphorus in
Gaza, including in a strike near a hotel on the beach in Gaza City.
Europe had the blood of Jews on their hand. Now they have the blood of Palestinians on their hand.
You think that permitting Israel to killing Palestinians in mass will undo the mass murder of Jews that's embedded in Europe's history? It won't and it will just add to the list of atrocities perpetrated by Europeans.
A shit ton of corrections from news outlets and the Whitehouse about spreading the lies about beheaded babies, yet none of them are calling for Israel to cancel their ethnic cleansing plan. Racism goes on, don't let facts get in the way.
Israelis should be ashamed that the same rhetoric used to annihilate Jews is being used by Israel against Palestinians.
Western leaders are probably thinking, let's support ethnic cleansing now and then throw money at academic programs that study our atrocious history later.
End the occupation. End apartheid. Free all prisoners on all sides. Equal rights for all.