Thanks Ms Ashton
Israel cannot admit the fact that it is a terrorist state. It is so self-obsessed with its image, that it is fussing over the latest home truth from the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton. Regarding tragedies that have involved the deaths of children, she said the following:
“Young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances — the Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we know what is happening in Syria, when we see what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world — we remember young people and children who lose their lives.”
The New York Times, quotes Netanyahu: “The comparison between a deliberate massacre of children and the defensive, surgical actions,” of the Israeli military that he said were “intended to hit terrorists who use children as a human shield.” Furthermore, Israel’s ‘Defence’ Minister Ehud Barak said Ms. Ashton’s remarks were “unworthy” and that “The children of southern Israel live in constant fear of rocket attacks launched from Gaza.”
A few queries come to my mind. The first one is that if Israelis are catching a few militants among a crowd of people, surely an air raid is the worst thing to do, as it cannot guarantee the safety of civilians? Wouldn't setting up a perimeter and finding the ones you are looking for be the more logical thing to do? Air raids lead to severe damage if one misfires. If Israel was genuine about fighting combatants, surely it wouldn’t do air raids on civilian buildings, but send troops to find the targets inside the vicinity?
Secondly, the Israelis try to look like saints by taking some of the victims to Israeli hospitals. The similitude of this is like a man going around stabbing people and wrapping up their wounds saying, “Look, I am one of the good guys.”
Thirdly, the word ‘rockets’ conjures a certain mental picture. The media always talks about rockets going into Israel, but fail to acknowledge that a lot of the 'attacks' from Gaza are a result of stolen Palestinian land such as Sderot, aswell as the ongoing horrendous oppression. When people think of rockets, they think of this. However, the reality of the rockets is that they are more like this. Since 2001, rockets from Gaza have killed a total of 21 people, which considering they are supposed to be launching ‘thousands’, is a claim that does not seem to add up; not to mention is only a fraction of the number of Palestinians killed.
Another thing that gets me is that Israel has a booming tourism industry. How many war torn and suffering countries do you know of that have booming tourism? Whilst playing the victim card, Israel is pulling in tonnes of tourists. Logically speaking, tourists do not flock to areas where there are wars, destruction, famine or any other disasters.
Lastly, if Israelis are the good guys, why are they still stealing Palestinian land to build upon them illegal settlements?
Even though her statements were in no way offensive to Jewish people, still Ms. Ashton was made to go on the defensive. This shows how Israelis do not value the lives of Palestinians at all and yet bark about Palestine not progressing in the peace process.