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“What is Left for Palestine?”

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What is Left for Palestine? – Craig Murray

Western media and politicians are now firmly coalesced around the Israeli government narrative. Israel is unwillingly fighting a war of self-defence in Gaza after hostilities were commenced by aggressive Hamas military attack. The storming of Al Aqsa mosque, the shooting at people in prayer, the right wing mobs attacking East Jerusalem, the Krystallnacht style destruction […]

“What is Left for Palestine?”

17 May 2021, by Craig Murray

Western media and politicians are now firmly coalesced around the Israeli government narrative. Israel is unwillingly fighting a war of self-defence in Gaza after hostilities were commenced by aggressive Hamas military attack. The storming of Al Aqsa mosque, the shooting at people in prayer, the right wing mobs attacking East Jerusalem, the Krystallnacht style destruction of Palestinian businesses and lynching of Arab Israelis, none of that ever happened at all. What happened was that Hamas launched a missile war and Israel was obliged, ever so reluctantly, to exercise its right of self defence, with enormous care not to hit civilians, except that, entirely accidentally, the IDF has killed a couple of hundred civilians including scores of children.

Palestinians die in the passive tense in western media. The media always says they “have died”; they were never “killed”, and there is virtually never any attribution of the death. By contrast, Israelis are active tense “killed by Hamas” or “killed by missile strikes”. Look out for this journalistic sophistry – once you see it, you can’t unsee it.

I used to be a firm opponent of missile strikes from Gaza. My view was firstly, that they cannot be militarily targeted so constitute an attack on civilians, secondly that they were a gift to Israeli propaganda, and thirdly that they were militarily ineffective. All of those remain true, and yet my view has changed and I find myself celebrating the fact that Hamas has, against all odds, managed to acquire more and better missiles. Part of that change of view is that I have come to see that there is no such thing as an innocent adult coloniser. But the bigger part is that I cannot see what on earth else the Palestinians are supposed to do.

Western politicians obviously believe that the Palestinians should accept apartheid quietly, and should have the good grace silently to wither away. The ultra-venal leaders of the majority of Arab states also wish the Palestinians would just die and allow them to enjoy the lavish personal benefits of their new alliances with Israel. It is absolutely plain there is no political process of any kind in train to alleviate the Palestinian plight, that even those “liberal” western politicians who floated the idea of a “two state solution” meant, at best, internationally recognised apartheid and bantustans. Joe Biden manages the remarkable feat of being still more zionist than Donald Trump.

Were I a Palestinian, I should undoubtedly have concluded that for an entire nation to turn the other cheek to a power which is seriously intent on genocide, is not a viable policy. Military resistance may seem hopeless, but sometimes to attempt to live with a shout of defiance and an effort to fight is the only dignified option remaining to a human.

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Carlton Meyer
May 17, 2021

Israel maintains a total blockade of Gaza. Nothing enters without their okay. They have pseudo control of the entry from Egypt with their ally there. So how does Hamas get all these rockets? Explosives and rocket powder cannot be produced with local materials from Gaza, so how do hundreds of rockets appear in Gaza each year?

The Israeli Mossad secretly provides them! Whenever these are fired they provide annual proof that Palestinians are dangerous and a peace deal impossible.

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
Reply to  Carlton Meyer
May 17, 2021

Sounds plausible. We also know that investigations into numerous “anti-semitic” attacks on synagogues and Jewish community centers have been shown to have been committed by zionist Jews. Israel needs to create constant justifications for their genocidal acts by creating pretexts for calling it “self-defense.” I suspect the world knows this, and yet finds it convenient to pretend to go along with these shenanigans.

Mya Ross
Mya Ross
May 17, 2021

You seem to suggest that an admitted racist people/occupiers have a future

Bertiz Benhamid
Bertiz Benhamid
May 17, 2021

Israel and America created Hamas as a straw dog.

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
Reply to  Bertiz Benhamid
May 17, 2021

I don’t believe that. Israel has its straw dog in the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

FranBrown
FranBrown
May 18, 2021

It does appear to be an insoluble problem, brought about by western governments after WW2 attempting to please all of the people all of the time, ending up actually pleasing no one! The Israelis having got some of what they wanted, a national homeland, but have proceeded to try and encroach on more territory over time, disrespecting the buffer zone and “needling” Palestinians periodically over the last 60-70 years. I don’t know what the solution is any more than anyone else seems to, but I do know that the killing will go on and on and on, certainly for a… Read more »

Mya Ross
Mya Ross
Reply to  FranBrown
May 18, 2021

For some reason the Western politicians are afraid of the jews…

Helga I. Fellay
Helga I. Fellay
Reply to  Mya Ross
May 19, 2021

not some reason, good reason.

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