Friday, January 11, 2008

Where is the hope that heals?

So we get treated to media reports of Bush on yet another mission for peace. When is he going to declare the war over in Palestine? Does he have the guts? … afterall he has nothing left to lose, he will be gone by November and then the blushing and blundering all over the days of our lives will be in someone else's hands. And meanwhile as we await a time when we no longer hang our heads in shame - in Gaza, and the Bantustans of Palestine - the victims of this sixty year mess driven by Zionism and the Bush White House and the fence sitters the world over, draw the short straw yet again.

Hope is there we are told … but what about the 1.5 million people incarcerated into the tiny strip of land that is Gaza … what of the 750,000 children of Gaza, you know the ones who are supposed to be the beneficiaries of the Declaration on the Rights of the Child … what of the 17,000 hearing impaired, mostly children and middle aged adults of Gaza who are denied hearing aids by the Israelis because the battery that is required could be used for 'dual purpose'?

Did you know you can't even import 'paper' into Gaza these days? In a few months time, schools will run out of stationery supplies and one by one the printing presses are closing down, along with all the other industries because spare parts, resources and day to day supplies are controlled and denied entry into this living hell by the Military Occupiers that hail from Israel.

So what is the end result of all this misery? Exactly that which this War on Terrorism is supposed to end … extremism, more misery and therefore more hate that ultimately leads to violence that begets violence and the cycle begins all over again; Israel must be very proud. Gandhi summed it up perfectly "an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind"

It's ironic that since the arrival of Hamas and its rout of Fatah, corruption and violence has been curtailed and Gazan women now feel safe to leave their homes and venture out into this vast urban landscape that borders the Mediterranean Sea. The other irony is that they can't go anywhere else; not to attend their childrens' weddings in other countries like Jordan or even in other parts of Palestine, nor to a hospital in the West Bank of Palestine, because Israel never agrees.

It's not just about the peace … but an end to this criminal occupation and the recognition that Palestinians are human and have equal rights to everyone else in the world … that's the least we as a civil society can do. And then maybe, the world will no longer be at war with itself when a Palestinian mother can live in the secure knowledge that her child will live in a free and fair world. J

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Anonymous a jordanian citizen said...

a solution for this is asking the parliament to address this issue and ask his Majesty King Abdallah to use his connections and recognition in the united nations to pass supplies to people there through Jordan since this has nothing to do with war politics and thats its a humanitarian call for help. it shouldnt be somthing hard to establish.

Friday, January 11, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

Excellent posting, J. I agree with your sentiments completely. When will the international community stop being such cowards and implement the resolutions that have existed for 50 years? ASH

Saturday, January 12, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

A Jordanian citizen ... you are right of course ... it would appear to be a simple humanitarian issue that would galvanise the world including comfortable Arabia ... but like I said even hope is being taken away ... along with it, courage ... courage to do the right thing. J

Monday, January 14, 2008  
Blogger MommaBean said...

What do we have left when hope is gone? And, I'm afraid it's been gone for many years for many of these poor affected residents. Prayers and thoughts winging their way to the residens of Gaza...

Friday, January 18, 2008  
Blogger joladies said...

Hi Mommabean .... unfortunately when hope is gone, all that's left is anger and misery ... and we all know where that leads! J

Sunday, January 20, 2008  

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