Tuesday, August 12, 2014
HILLARY "HAWK" CLINTON DEMAGOGUES PALESTINE
Equally predictable as the Palestine-Israel conflict boiling up is the American media and government's refusal to identify the root cause of the problem.
The Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories relegates the Palestinian people to the role of permanent prisoners. Rates of malnourishment and poverty in Gaza and the West Bank are high. Roads are segregated, with Israelis able to use a sophisticated highway system, while Palestinians often have no choice but to drive down back roads.
Human rights abuses are routine. The Israelis often impose curfews, confiscate food and supplies, and arrest or beat Palestinians for infractions as minor as not having paperwork on them when questioned. Palestinians also must endure hours of interrogation for simple travel requests.
The United Nations has called the Israeli occupation of Gaza a “violation of international law.” As a result of the blockade, 80 percent of the population is dependent upon foreign aid and the economy is in shambles.
The Israeli occupation is made possible only by the sizable financial, diplomatic and military aid from the United States. Seventy percent of Palestinian deaths in the current conflict are civilians. The United States — for providing the advanced weaponry — is culpable in those killings.
Hamas is a freely elected political party, but it also deserves condemnation for rocket attacks against Israel. Condemning the Israeli occupation does not require sympathy for Hamas. It only demands compassion and solidarity with the Palestinian people whose lives are a daily struggle for survival.