Gaza is cut off under siege because when Israel withdrew from that land, some of the Palestinians who moved in used Gaza as a launching pad for rockets and suicide attacks towards Israel. How is Israel supposed to take down the blockades and let these people in freely? Especially now that Hamas, whose charter mandates the total destruction of Israel, is part of the government there?
Thank you for this question. I hope it will initiate meaningful dialogue.
As I understand, the blockade is to prevent certain materials from getting in that could be used to build rockets. But, currently, the blockade also stops people from going in or out. Also, on the pretext of preventing certain materials from going in, Israel is restricting a lot more. It could simply be a means to dry out Gaza. They can’t trade, they can’t go in and out, they have no rights and are treated as second class citizens and they have no freedom. How are 2 million people being punished for the crimes of any organization? I am not for any organization that condones terrorism but Israel was placing restrictions on Gaza and attacking them before Hamas was even formed. Hamas isn’t even twenty years old…but how long has this conflict been going on? Way before that. In a video I saw the other day, Netanyahu is questioned about whether he believes Palestine has a right to a separate state. He responded very clearly, “no, I don’t think it does.” Do you believe that this mass slaughter and genocide is justified on the pretext of attacks from an organization that was only formed BECAUSE Israel was attacking? I don’t.