Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Gaza

For the last 8 years, several thousand regular Israelis were living in constant fear. Every few days they were shocked by a siren and had to run to the shelter. The other 6 million Israelis were angry and somewhat afraid, but mostly in the background of their lives. With the exception of the Lebanon war, which disrupted things for a while and hurt the national pride, life went on as usual.

But the fear and anger and hurt kept building up. Like a bag being slowly filled with acid. Slowly but surely. And in the past few months, when the Qassam attacks intensified, the building up of fear and anger intensified with them. Last week, the upcoming elections, like a needle, punctured the bag of acid.

And the anger and fear, built up over 8 years, exploded. Right into the faces of the residents of Gaza.


For the past few days, a million regular residents of Gaza have been living in absolute terror. The earth is literally shaking under their feet with constant explosions. Innocent people are afraid to go outside lest they be torn apart by a ton of dynamite. They are afraid to stay at home, because they don't know if the Israeli army thinks that their neighbors are Hamas activists. They can't buy food. They don't have electricity. The 8 years-worth of mounting fear and anger inside 6 million innocent Israelis is now being hurled at 1 million innocent Gazans.

Most Israelis don't realize this yet. We can't even begin to understand the amount of pain and terror that our army's attack is causing. We are too preoccupied with thoughts about Hamas rockets now reaching Ashdod and Ashqelon and Be'er Sheva, and the fear that if we do not destroy Hamas, then their rockets will reach the rest of Israel. And there's the restored pride in our army too. When you're afraid that a billion Muslims want to kill you, it's very comforting to know that you can count on your army. Especially if you know that "some of these lunatic Muslims" are working hard to get a nuclear bomb, and keep telling you that they want to kill you.


At some point in the future, some Israelis will realize the amount of terror inflicted by the IDF on the civilians in Gaza. We have created a very painful wound in the soul of every single resident of Gaza - and it will be decades, if not centuries, before this is forgotten. Some Israelis will regret it. Most won't care, because they are too concerned with the wounds in their own souls. They will blame only the people of Gaza. Just like the people of Gaza are going to blame only the people of Israel.

4 comments:

ruth said...

Soul no sole which is the bottom of your shoe. Use spell check!

Israeli Blogger said...

Thanks Ruth - corrected.

Spell checker wouldn't have helped, BTW.

Chris said...

"Most Israelis don't realize this yet. We can't even begin to understand the amount of pain and terror that our army's attack is causing. We are too preoccupied with thoughts about Hamas rockets now reaching Ashdod and Ashqelon and Be'er Sheva, and the fear that if we do not destroy Hamas, then their rockets will reach the rest of Israel. And there's the restored pride in our army too. When you're afraid that a billion Muslims want to kill you, it's very comforting to know that you can count on your army. Especially if you know that "some of these lunatic Muslims" are working hard to get a nuclear bomb, and keep telling you that they want to kill you."

I understand that you think that all these Muslims want to kill you all, but this is not true. Hamas is a product of an occupation, yes there are radicals in every religion that want some other group gone. There are radical Zionists that call for the destruction of Palestinians also, its also good to hear that you are willing to listen to reason. The majority of Jews and Muslims want to live together in harmony with their neighbors like they did hundreds of yeard ago and even more recently too. It is the leaders of the states that are controlling these atrocities and the few supporters that are inhumane towards others that they dont know. I am from Seattle and I understand both sides but anyone looking in on this must understand that Israels reaction is pretty ridiculous, despite the rockets you cannot destroy a nation of people just so you can have the biblical eretz israel. Id love to talk with you more about this and get a better understanding of the Jewish pov, even the Zionist pov.
Thx
Chris ( Ciocalesku613@hotmail.com )

Sumaiya said...

Why are the Palestinians border closed?

Why can the people of Gaza not leave or anyone go in to Gaza for the past 3 years?

Why is there a huge wall around the west bank (for how many years?)?

Who builds walls around city's and keep people locked in? This is madness!

The Palestinians have been living in horror for over 60 years and they have been locked within there own city's. The only weapon they have is homemade bombs (which is nothing compared to the weapon the Israeli army have) and there will to live on.

Now and then just suddenly the Israeli army will open fire on the people of Gaza, just because they "suspect" that there is some kind of "terrorist" with in them! Killing innocent people and children.

If there is to be peace then there has to be equal rights between both Palestinians and Israeli's.

Why is there a wall around the west bank, is this how people are to live?

Why is Gaza peoples locked up in there own city. They are not given food or medical supplies or clean water. They are forced to live by digging tunnels and smuggling food and supplies though. Including weapons to fight back this oppression!

You expect the people to be happily live like this and not fight back?

Of course they will! What do you do watch your child starve to death and do nothing.

How many Israelis died so far?

13!

How many Palestinians died in 3 weeks?

1100 and 5000 wounded critically!

And don't forget 3 years ago in Janeen how many Palestinians where killed?

5000!!!

And the Israelis denied it....so who killed them?

The people in Gaza are being attacked by the world strongest army, by sea, air and now land.

This is ridicules and sick the Gaza strip is such a small place and half the population are under 18 years old.

There is no food, no water, no place to live or to hide.

How can this be fair?

This is murder and all people who let this happen and support it are responsible.


Sumaiya