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The Israeli Carnage of 1.5 Million Palestinians in Gaza and the US Image in the World

By Mohammed Khako, January 2, 2009

I begin with the words Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib
"There are three classes of human beings who are cut off from the blessings of Paradise: Oppressors; those who aid and abet oppression; and those who tolerate oppression."
The crisis cause by an Israeli bombardment and imposed blockade residents of Gaza is unlawful, un-justifiable and violation of article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The World leaders and United Nation Security Council condemned Israeli military action in Gaza, however Washington’s refusal to endorse a United Nations Security Council resolution effectively promoting the carnage of 1.5 million Palestinians This is nothing new; United States has vetoed over 50 resolutions sought by the council since 1972.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in a statement on Sunday, “Israel’s bombardment of Gaza bears all the hallmark of the war crimes”. What Israel is doing is wrong, and we need to speak up! Silent No More! Israel atrocity will continue, as long international communities remain silence. This is not the act of peace making; this is the evil act of destroying a people. But what pains me greater is the Muslims silence on this humanitarian tragedy.
However, those deserving the un-equivocal condemnation are the Arab and Muslim leaders who instead of standing up to Israeli war crimes and defending innocent Palestinians have helped Tel Aviv to commit these crimes against humanity. Edmund Burke said  “Evil flourishes not because of evil men, but because good men do nothing about it”.
The Israeli attacks, in retaliation for rockets fired by the Palestinians are poor reasoning and does not contribute to the security of Israel. But when Israel continue to bombard and siege Gaza, they lose sympathy all around the world, including the majority of Israelis and Jews. However, the real cause of the rocket attacks is the blockade of Gaza.
And when it come to “self-defense”, the question is does Israel actions of denying food, water, electricity and medicine to the resident of Gaza guarantees the security of Israel or does it creates more forces of extremism? I think it give rise to a new generation of Palestinians to seek arms to retaliate against their oppressors. The siege of Gaza neither advance the goal of Israel to have a permanent homeland in Middle East nor does it bolster the moderate Muslim states to have friendly ties with the Jewish state. In fact it weakens the Arab leaders in the eyes of their outraged
Mother Teresa had said, " If you want to make peace, you talk with your enemies, and not your friends". The Neo-cons and the Israel lobby has duped American Administrations not to talk with Hamas, while the media, is conditioned not even to ask the other point of view.  According to numerous studies, op-ed columns and books, that our Middle East policies are dictated by AIPAC, which does more harm to Israel than good. While the genocidal Israeli assaults against Palestinians have further tarnished the US image and US is not seen as an honest broker between the Palestinians and Israelis.

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