Thursday, January 17, 2008
By Agustin Velloso
"In the early hours of Tuesday, January 15th 2008, the Israeli occupation army in Palestine killed sixteen Palestinians and injured about fifty others, some critically. Once again, it was just another incursion with fighters, helicopters, tanks, armoured bulldozers and snipers in the city of Gaza, which is under an international blockade.
This army did not confront another one in the battlefield, it did not face an army hiding in trenches, guarded by anti-aircraft batteries and equipped with state of the art weapons. It attacked, as it usually does, civilians living under occupation - people who should enjoy special protection according to Geneva Conventions. These people were in the streets of their hometown, Gaza, one of the most populated cities in the world, defenceless. Half Gaza's inhabitants are under the age of 15.......
Those who speak of peace with the Palestinians in Annapolis and other places, are the same people that send their armies to kill them and steal their land. Those who encircle Palestinians inside a watertight blockade are the same people that arm Israel while financing and supporting its deadly attacks. Those who conduct the process and reap the benefits are the Israelis and their European and American allies. The victims, obviously the weakest party by far, are the Palestinians, who lose their lives and their land with each passing day, although they also keep on resisting against all odds, generation after generation.
We are talking about a plan of ethnic cleansing and land robbery very well designed and superbly implemented in comparison with the Nazi plan in the first half of the last century. There is a striking difference though. Leaders responsible for the Nazi plan were found guilty in the Nuremberg trials and hanged afterwards. On the other hand, their latter-day counterparts are considered "men of peace". They get Nobel Peace Prizes, are promoted to the position of Secretary General of world organisations and international agencies. Some become editorialists or commentators. All of them are paid handsomely......
If you are neither an editorialist nor a politician. If Palestinians have never harmed you. If you think that Arabs and Muslims are human beings just like you, then you have no reason whatsoever to support their fantasy peace processes and ignore the real deaths of Palestinians. Rather, the right thing to do is the very opposite. It is democratic, human and Christian to denounce the peace process and demand of those responsible that they give it up. Do not allow others to kill in your name, to misrepresent your country and to misuse your religion for this purpose.
Do not say the Palestinian conflict is difficult to understand, or that you do not know where the truth is. In the Palestinian case, as in any other, backing the truth means siding with the victims, not with the aggressors. "