Saturday, January 17, 2015

Some Situations Deserve a Little Sarcasm

I mean, how lucky can Israel be?  For years, Israel has claimed that anyone would defend itself against the unprovoked attacks of a neighboring nation.  I remember the news commentators consistently asking  “What would the US do if Mexico fired rockets into Texas?”  

Now, Abbas is talking of joining the International Criminal Court.  The whole world can see how long the Palestinians have been abusing Israel.

Now, Israel can take the Palestinians to court for putting their land under all those expensive settlements. And building the city of Qalqilya right over Israel’s main aquifer in the West Bank.  And forcing Israel  into the humiliating position of having to beg the US for more money and bombs to drop on Gaza.

Now, the ICC can tell the international community to get off Israel’s back for shooting a five year old boy in the face as he was getting off his school bus. He was going home. But who knows? He could have been a “terrorist” going to a cell meeting to build a bomb to wipe Israel off the map.  The courts could declare it illegal for any 5 year old to be a terrorist.   And the mothers of the babies who froze to death last week in Gaza when the temperature dropped to four degrees should be made to understand that Israel cut off their heat in order to save them from an exorbitant electricity bill.[1]  And the children, around 1200 of them, injured by Israeli forces last year in the West Bank are probably better off than those detained and subjected to humiliation and even torture in Israel’s jails.[2] They no longer have to work for a living within the horrible conditions of occupation. Israel is always looking out for those needy Palestinians.

And, suddenly, like icing on the cake, the Palestinians may have to face their responsibility for building their homes in front of Israel’s walls and bulldozers.  And surely the court will have some judgment on those Palestinians catching Israel’s fish off the Gaza coast. The world will have a chance to finally get it straight.  Like Golda Meir told Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, “We can never forgive the Arabs for forcing us to kill their children.”

How lucky can Israel be?  Because Palestine is now going to the ICC,  the whole world will be able to see exactly the level of harassment with which Israel has  been forced to live for decades.

However, putting sarcasm aside, the court would also hear the claims of the Palestinians.  For years, Israel has referred to the West Bank and Gaza as “disputed territory.” A court, by definition, is where disputes are aired and settled.  Should not Israel, or any civilized people, choose to settle a dispute by appealing to a court, rather than resorting to bombs, planes, gunboats and white phosphorus gas?  However, Israel is the only party in the dispute who has bombs, planes, tanks and white phosphorus to fire into the unarmed people on the other side of the dispute. So, why should Israel go to court?

                                                                        Thomas Are
                                                                        January 17, 2015        

[1] International Middle East Media Center, News and Agencies, 4th Infant Dies of Cold in Gaza Caravan House, January 13, 2015.
[2] See Mondoweiss, January 7, 2015,  UN report: 1200 Palestinian Children Injured by Israeli Forces in West Bank during 2014. ,   International Middle East Media Center, also reports December 5, 2014:
Cases of physical abuse, solitary confinement, stripping off clothes in chilly night air, deprivation of food and water for hours and denial of breaks were also reported… The report states that at least 600 Palestinian children were arrested in Jerusalem since last June, of whom nearly 40% were exposed to sexual abuse during arrest or investigation by the Israeli authorities.

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