Seamus Milne at The Guardian: Gaza: this shameful injustice will only end if the cost of it rises

The idea that Israel is defending itself from unprovoked attacks is absurd. Occupied people have the right to resist

A relative of the four Palestinian children killed by a shell fired by an Israeli naval gunboat

For the third time in five years, the world’s fourth largest military power has launched a full-scale armed onslaught on one of its most deprived and overcrowded territories. Since Israel’s bombardment of the Gaza Strip began, just over a week ago, more than 200 Palestinians have been killed. Nearly 80% of the dead are civilians, over 20% of them children.

Around 1,400 have been wounded and 1,255 Palestinian homes destroyed. So far, Palestinian fire has killed one Israeli on the other side of the barrier that makes blockaded Gaza the world’s largest open-air prison.

But instead of demanding a halt to Israel’s campaign of collective punishment against what is still illegally occupied territory, the western powers have blamed the victims for fighting back. If it weren’t for Hamas’s rockets fired out of Gaza’s giant holding pen, they insist, all of this bloodletting would end.

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The conflict’s eruptions are certainly coming thicker and faster. Despite heroic Israeli efforts to fix the narrative, global opinion has never been more sympathetic to the Palestinian cause…

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But Gaza is not occupied.  It is not Israel’s fault that Egypt has shut down the lucrative tunnel traffic or that there is some kind of dispute between Fatah and Hamas over who gets paid.  These are the items are currently high on Hamas’s list of trouble.

As for the noisy support, it is largely coming from Muslims, who reacting in a standard tribal way. As the Muslim population of Europe grows, the demonstrations against Israel get louder and noisier.

Better watch out, Milne, they will be coming for you and your kin next.  They are, after all, tribal.  Just give a few more decades to work towards a demographic majority.

You are leaving a fine inheritance for your children – or your kin’s children if you don’t have any yourself.

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