Friday, March 25, 2011

The One on Conflicts in Israel

As of late, a status has been going around Facebook homepages that says something like the following:

"a bomb exploded in Jerusalem, 35 wounded and 1 killed. In recent days more than 70 missiles have been sent by Hamas to Israel. The day of 03/12/11, 5 members of a family were killed as they slept, including a one month old baby and two children; ISRAEL may react and then the news will surely show Israel as the aggressor. Paste this message and be a part of spreading the truth!"

Although I am fully concious of the fact that I am not the most knowledgable person in the world on this topic, I do know a great deal about it, for, like most people, I am trully interested in this. Please do not think that I am making an uninformed opinion for I trully am not, and by putting my opinion out there my intention is not to convince, but to inform. 

First of all, I want to write about the Gaza flotilla incident that occured about half a year ago, and how media created many misguided views on the subject.

What most people thought happened was that when apparent humanitarian aid tried to cross the Gaza strip, that Israeli military had blocked for security reasons, Israeli military reacted by attacking this "humanitarian aid" when they didn't respond as wished.

Now, what I know about the incident is this:

First of all, if this really were humanitarian aid, they would have no problem with following proper procedure and going the right way. Why did they insist upon crossing a boundary which they weren't allowed to cross, and on top of that once they were already told to turn back? Some insist that there were weapons (guns, bombs, etc.) on the flotilla, and I agree, for the circumstances are fishy. I've even heard that once the flotilla was looked through, these were in fact found. However, I'm not completely sure about the latter.

Second of all, the idea that Israeli military just opened fire on the flotilla has been proven time and again wrong. When they saw that the flotilla would not turn around, soldiers descended onto the boats to personally dissuade and take authority; however, the hundreds of people on these boats used weapons such as iron clubs, cooking knives and more to attack these soldiers. The soldiers in the air on helicopters reacted by throwing paintballs at the flotilla, and upon observing that the people would not stop, the commandos reacted more violently in pure self defense.

A number of soldiers were killed and all of those who descended onto the boats severely injured. (I can't recall the exact numbers.)

No "activist" on the flotilla died, although some did suffer small injuries.

Please do watch the following videos:

Now, about the incidents that have been occuring the last few days (the ones posted on the Facebook status.):

I've heard rumours this month of a fourth intifada starting, although I can hardly prove them.
However, the coincidence seems strange.

You can read more about the recent conflicts HERE.

And, let's face it. Israel has always been under attack from extremist Arab communities. And the world has tended to see Israel in a negative light since 1967, due to the the six days where Israel gained a lot of land through a war that some deemed necessary and some didn't.

So what to do about the recent news? I'm just telling you to be informed. Do not trust big-shot newspapers or your local news, after all, those are the ones that spend so much time/pages on selling you things, and I'm not talking in terms of advertisement.

Be informed.
Form opinions.
Inform others. 

I'm not seeing anything in a bad light. I'm just telling you to never criticize anything, especially Israel, who suffers so many extremist attacks, if you don't know for a fact that you are trully criticizing that which needs criticizing.

Thank you for reading,

P.S. I'm talking about this topic because it is of profound interest to me and I have strong opinions on the subject. Now, why on a literature blog? Because, although this subject has little to do with literature, (unless Amos Oz won the Nobel, which would be cool) literature is opinions, it's trying to better the world. And there is only one way to do that, yet multiple paths to choose.

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