Israel and Palestine – a cycle of violence
Sir, – We are truly horrified by the violence in Gaza, Jerusalem and all over Palestine and Israel. The death of innocent civilians, especially children, is a tragedy and, as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court alluded to, can constitute war crimes.
We are more convinced than ever that it is time to tackle the root causes of this tragedy.
In the immediate term, we saw Israel’s efforts to remove Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the latest in a long program of evictions and house demolitions, and their replacement by Israeli settlers.
This is part of a much deeper, decades-long process of dispossession, estrangement, segregation and fragmentation of the Palestinian people from their communities and lands and the strategy of surrounding them in non-contiguous enclaves.
Gaza has been under blockade by Israel since 2005, resulting in the destruction of its vulnerable economy. He is completely cut off from the outside world.
Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem and Palestinians living in Israel are systematically discriminated against and know only too well the process of deportation and displacement observed in Sheikh Jarrah.
This amounts to serious and illegal treatment of an entire people, and the situation is now at a dangerous inflection point.
Ireland and other EU states have rightly called for de-escalation, but to do so without a meaningful and credible proposal for what is to follow is ineffective and insulting to the many Palestinians and Israelis who want to see peace. fair and sustainable.
When hostilities disintegrate, the international community has been prepared to simply let things return to “normal”; in Israel and Palestine, this “normal” is a situation of institutionalized discrimination and injustice. Until that gets sorted out, we’ll see more weeks like this.
Israel’s deliberate strategy of taking as much Palestinian land with as few Palestinians as possible, and locking ever larger numbers of Palestinians into the smallest space possible, must be questioned and reversed.
A growing number of Palestinian, Israeli and American human rights organizations, as well as the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, have argued that this decades-long strategy amounts to apartheid.
The events of the past week have done little to dispel this analysis.
For years, serious violations of international law gave rise to declarations of condemnation, but few real consequences. Ireland and like-minded states must work to end this culture of impunity if we are serious about tackling the conflict it perpetuates. – Yours, etc.,
Christian Aid Ireland;
CAOIMHE DE BARRA,
President, Sadaka –
FATIN AL TAMIMI,
Sir, – Whatever the rights and wrongs of the current tragic situation in Israel / Palestine, on these pages, on social media and among politicians, the rhetoric has turned into a frenzy. It is worth asking what the pressing issues are right now. If Israel has misjudged the issue of the evictions to Jerusalem, if long-standing resentments have been inflamed against Yom Yerushalayim and the Eid festival, the fact is that rockets are being fired from Gaza into Israel and there is violence in the streets.
The constantly repeated mantra is that Israel uses excessive force to fight rocket fire across the border into its neighborhoods.
What would the world of Israel do? Is it their fault that they have a strong army?
Is it their fault that Hamas, a terrorist organization, launches missiles against neither Israeli nor Palestinian civilians?
Is Israel supposed to sit there and watch the children live indefinitely in underground shelters?
Of course, the number of Palestinian casualties is higher. Of course, Israel is stronger. These are facts. These are horrific facts. It would be better for everyone to sit down together and forge a lasting peace. But that’s just not possible now.
As the Israeli Ambassador said, the current situation, the region’s long history and the centuries-old multi-level balance of power are complex and beyond a quick fix.
Mutual respect, patience and a willingness to compromise must always be on the table. But rockets cross your border day and night?
You just sit there saying, “So be it.” We don’t know how to stop them without being the stronger party. We will just have to put up with it ”?
I challenge any government to follow this line. I challenge all smart chair experts to find a solution to this. – Yours, etc.,