Israel and Gaza – A Human Tragedy

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Israel Must Re-Examine Their Approach

Israel’s current military operation in Gaza is a human tragedy, leading many to ask, isn’t there a better way? The following playlist of videos exposes some areas of Israeli conduct that require review.

Central Israel next to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 2007

Central Israel next to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 2007

The first is an excellent documentary by ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap, exposing some troubling views within Israel, manifested by the composition and support of their leading soccer team, Beitar Jerusalem F.C. I highly recommend this video, it is very enlightening.

Sometimes It’s Best to Simply Watch The Videos

The remainder of the video playlist is about current events in Gaza, they speak for themselves. Particularly disturbing to me is the video from CNN with analyst Diana Magnay reporting from a hilltop within Israel. The cheering is shocking and certainly contrary to our expectations of decency.

HOPE is The Better Way for Israel to Ensure Peace in Gaza

I believe there is a better way, and that’s for Israel to offer hope, progress, and resources to the Palestinians in Gaza, so much so that the general Gaza population will reject extremist Hamas tactics.

As long as Israel brings death and destruction, they are playing into the extremist’s hands, enabling them to rally the general Gaza population—who normally simply want to live in peace—against them.

Too much damage may have already been inflicted, but if Israel truly wants a peaceful Gaza neighbor, they are certainly going about it the wrong way. Only through offering progress and hope will Israel initiate the collapse of Hamas from within.

Sincerely,

Mark G Capolupo

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PierceAchtymichuk
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I want to make some comments about entrenched viewpoints Honestly I was one of those people who had very fixed opinions on many things – guilty  One of those things is the fact that I was outraged with many native aboriginals in Canada saying that white European descended people had no claim to the land that they had even if they had been here three and four generations like my family – it does not make us the new indigenous people   I had a hard time swallowing this until I talked to an Indian activist by the name of Ryan Bellerose  Ryan completely changed my mind and turned around my worldview and he did it in very few simple conversations where he methodically was able to make a case for his viewpoint and perspective and point out the weaknesses in mine . he did respectfully BTW no ranting  Ryan is a very well educated scholar of history and a very prolific writer One of the things that blew me away with how he used Israel for a metaphor of what is happened to North American Indians  he makes the claim that Israel is the first modern indigenous  state where buy a conquered, scattered and oppressed… Read more »
Thierry Weill
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GravitySailor
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Good morning Thieryl, I do not refute your facts, but I do object to the tactic of sending SMS, dropping leaflets, and making phone calls–to reduce collateral civilian casualties. it sounds nice but clearly it is not working–1800 civilian deaths to date. How many were Hamas shields? There were some, but no one really knows. As for Israel providing supplies and necessities, I think everyone acknowledges that they do, but if you’re locked in a cage with a naval as well as land blockade, you may not feel a great deal of love for those providing the necessities. And lets face it, necessities are not enough, Gaza needs real opportunity and progress. So no, Israel has not applied my strategy of winning through love and respect. Now about projecting my views of morality on others. The madrassas definitely teach hate, and they are a huge problem across much of the Arab world. However I do believe that the great majority of people want to live in peace, no matter where or whom they are. The governments of some of those people are another matter. Even so, I believe all good people (yes, it is an objective standard) not only have… Read more »
Thierry Weill
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GravitySailor, I welcome your more balanced response which makes me hope for a constructive debate here. Let me start by saying that I consider, like any nation in the world, that Israel can be criticised as long as the cristism is fair, factual and contextual. I agree with you that racism as much rejoicing over your enemy downfall are both unacceptable and condamnable behaviours still these despicable attitudes need to be put into context. As much as you seem to understand and justify the support granted by the Gazan population to the Hamas (a terrorist organisation deliberately targeting civilians and comitted to the destruction of the jewish state) being the result of the hardship the civilians are put through, you should equally be able to understand that these behaviours are the inevitable consequences created by the presence of ennemies at their borders and within who have been committed for more than 80 years to their anihilation (i.e. long before Israel independance declaration with events such as the Hebron pogrom which happened in 1929…). This frustration is also emphasized by the international double standard when it comes to unanimously criticize Israel despite its efforts to remain moral and putting itslef at… Read more »
GravitySailor
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Moreover, MEMRI The institute was co-founded in 1998 by Yigal Carmon, a former Israeli military intelligence officer and Meyrav Wurmser, an Israeli-born, American political scientist. Hardly non-partisan wouldn’t you say?

GravitySailor
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All good points Thierry Weill. First, we both agree that Hamas is pouring gas on a fire every time they fire a rocket. The Hooligans do not represent all of Israel, I simply mentioned that it was enlightening to see another side of this situation, as many are not aware of the views presented in the video. As for the civilian casualties, I find any unacceptable. The only reason extremist Hamas gets any support from the majority of Gazans is because of their loss of hope and progress–and restrictions by Israel. If Israel focused on making things better for the non-Hamas majority they may just be able to cause Hamas to collapse from within. But any action that enables and facilitates Hamas support by the general population in Gaza is bad for Israel. And finally, the cheering from lawn chairs as Israel bombards Gaza is a disgrace. We all know that 1.8m people are living in an area roughly twice the size of Manhattan–this density will guarantee civilian casualties. Israel needs to focus on ways to eradicate Hamas, and that must be accomplished from within.

Thierry Weill
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So if I were to summarize all these videos, I would say that Israel is a racist country because it has hooligans supporting one of its football clubs… but which country doesn’t have hooligans? France, England, Italy? Let’s be serious here! Your second point illustrated by well chosen, biased videos including the one with Jon Snow should at best convey the idea that Israel is not solving the problem by retaliating and at worst implying that Israel is intentionally targeting civilians. But the fact is that no other countries in history of warfare have ever done as much as the IDF has been doing to avoid civilian casualties. Those are the words of Colonel Richard Kemp from the British forces who has an extensive military experience in fighting in assymetric war fields. Your suggestion to not retaliate has just proven ineffective during all these years where Israel has endured rockets launched on its territory (Sderot city has been under Hamas fire for years now). If you think we can solve this issue which is figthing an enemy comitted to your destruction and more generally to a jewish genocide by sending kisses and hugs why don’t you start implementing this break… Read more »
Admiral
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Not sure I understand your question. My main point is that Israel is doing exactly the wrong thing, they need to earn the trust of the people of Gaza.

Gerald Patchett
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