In our world governments and politicians think twice before acknowledging any wrong-doing. I can’t help but be sceptical about any justice for the Palestinians resulting from these revelations, but once again, I desperately ask the democracy pundits who keep insisting that the rest of the world needs to follow their model to show me a practical and just way where they can use their democratic processes to bring the Israeli government to account.
‘An Israeli military college has printed soldiers’ accounts of the killing of civilians and vandalism during recent operations in Gaza.
One account tells of a sniper killing a mother and children at close range whom troops had told to leave their home. In another cited case, a commander ordered troops to kill an elderly woman walking on a road, even though she was easily identifiable and clearly not a threat.
The soldiers’ testimonies also reportedly told of an unusually high intervention by military and non-military rabbis, who circulated pamphlets describing the war in religious terminology.
“All the articles had one clear message,” one soldier said. “We are the people of Israel, we arrived in the country almost by miracle, now we need to fight to uproot the gentiles who interfere with re-conquering the Holy Land.”’ (taken from the BBC).
Will Barak Obama go against his financiers and members of his administration and demand an independent enquiry, or consider imposing sanctions on Israel until the truth be discovered?
Will the Labour Party Members in the UK go against the wishes of the Labour Friends of Israel and demand justice or investigation?
Will David Cameron, the opposition leader that keeps the democratic government in check, go against the wishes of the Conservative Friends of Israel and demand the Labour Party takes action against Israel?
Will the Obama administration or any other western government that supported Israel’s actions ‘in defending itself’ provide compensation and accept responsibility for ‘aiding and abetting or encouraging’ the Israeli actions?
Will American citizens who stood by their Zionist brethren now consider this to be Semitic fundamentalism and a belief of the sword?
Or will the western politicians accept the bias of self-interest as the foundation of their democratic values?
If any one did try and match this poem posted earlier, here’s the translated/adapted version:
They talk about Human Rights,
But don’t act to abolish poverty.
They talk about freedom of thought,
But through the media control opinions
They talk about respect
But insult the prophets and the Quran
They talk about democracy
But disagree if we choose Islam
They talk about tolerance
But can’t handle Islamic societies
They talk about gender equality
But have lowered the status of the woman
They talk about peace and security
But support oppressive governments
They talk about justice
But what about Guantanamo Bay?
They talk about problems in the Third World
But never highlight the problems within their own system
They talk about Free Speech
But prevent discussion against the State of Israel
They talk about the rule of law
But arrest people without evidence
They talk about individual freedom
But remain silent at the hijab ban
They talk about honest discussions
But never accept the real cause of terrorism
If I talk about the contradictions
I become an extremist
Hear me, I can continue
My list of complaints is long
This poem was originally written in Arabic but it has been translated and adapted to English as it is primarily a message for those in the west. Before I post the original version in English and Arabic, I’ve jumbled up all lines in Column B. See if you can match them correctly.
If anyone knows of an application I can use to make this possible to match online, please let me know. Thanks.