Keep your eye on the ball: The
slaughter in Gaza is not about rockets
By Stuart Littlewood
Redress, January 2, 2009
Stuart Littlewood argues that the Israeli slaughter of
Palestinians in Gaza has little to do with Hamas rocket fire and
everything to do with Israel's ambition to expand racial dominance in
the Holy Land.
What if Hamas dumped all their rockets in the sea
tomorrow? Would Gazans enjoy the same freedoms as other nations? Would
they be able to open their sea port to foreign ships and rebuild and
operate their airport? Would they be able to import and export and carry
on trade and develop their economy and prosper like other countries?
Would they be allowed to exploit and develop their offshore gas
field? Would their fishermen be allowed to fish in unpolluted waters?
Would their young people be able to come and go and take up places at
Would Israel clear out of Gazan airspace
permanently? Would the Israeli navy cease its piracy and stay out of
Palestinian territorial waters? Would you and I be able to visit Gaza
Fat chance. None of this would suit Israel. So Gazans
would be no better off. Their tormented half-existence would continue.
There are no rockets coming out of the West Bank. Yet the illegal
Israeli occupation there continues and so does the ethnic cleansing, the
land theft, the illegal settlements, the colonization, the demolition of
Palestinian homes, the throttling of the economy, the abduction and
“administrative detention” of civilians and the massive interference
with freedom of movement. Nothing has changed for West Bank Palestinians
who DO NOT fire rockets. There is no sign of an end to their misery.
The bloody assault on Gaza therefore has much more to do with
Israel's ambition to expand racial dominance in the Holy Land than crude
and erratic rocket-fire. Hamas and the Palestinians holed up in Gaza are
simply in the way of the Grand Plan and have to be removed or totally
The international community needs to keep their eye on
the ball – the big issue – which is the ending of the occupation and
Israel's withdrawal to recognized pre-1967 borders as required by
international law. In short, they need to stop wringing their hands and
start delivering justice, which is long overdue.
Gaza will hardly wish to give up armed resistance until they receive
copper-bottomed guarantees of a normal life unmolested by Israel – and
see concrete evidence of it.
Stuart Littlewood is author of the book
Radio Free Palestine, which tells the plight of the Palestinians under
occupation. For further information please visit
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