Israel on yet another destructive way
SIR: The state of Israel in the last two months has come alive again with its glittering weaponry and destruction of innocent lives in some parts of Palestinian state. Gaza and other parts of the state of Palestine have been under constant assault, demolition and unmitigated destruction since 1948. With the muted backing of American Jews and benign neglect of the rest of humanity, the Jewish state has consistently led its own version of jihad into other peoples land and home.
Israeli soldiers and commanders have no qualms shooting down, with the most sophisticated weaponry, Palestinian lads armed only with stones, pebbles and sticks. This is their own version of ‘appropriate’ or ‘heavy response’ to provocation. For how long will the world connive at criminal acts of the Jewish state? In other climes Israeli government would have been charged with committing genocide or ethnic cleansing or both. America’s double standard, plus the tepid, timid stance of some powerful European countries have continued to encourage the Israelis to commit modern day holocaust.
Seeing whole cities, some with highrise buildings reduced to mere rubble and observing toddlers, women and the aged being picked up dead under the rubble does not offend the conscience of our contemporary leaders. For how long will this be? Must Israel live only by the dagger? It is true historically the Jews had perceived itself as a persecuted and harassed nation. But haven’t they engaged in barbaric and unrestrained retaliation, if one were to call these actions that name?
It is my belief that the physical and forceful occupation of parts of Palestinian land will engender no peace in that region whatever the toll that comes with it. In the last three decades the Israeli political leadership has devoted much of their time and resources to the suppression of their more volatile but ill-equip antagonists. More than ever before, the present leadership is engaged in this destructive and thoughtless campaign. The question continues to stare us in the face, will this continue forever?
• ‘Deji Fasuan, JP
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