In Palestine, ‘aid’ rhymes with ‘chahid’. Two months ago, Israel launched ‘operation protective edge’ (OPE). The latest conflict was triggered by the murder of three Israeli
youth who were studying in Palestine on 10th June. Israel responded by arresting a large number of Hamas and by air strikes. Hamas launched dozens of rockets into Israel and Israel responded with many more air strikes.
The Israeli-palestinian conflict may have its roots in the early 20th century. The issues around mutual recognition of borders and control of Jerusalem, Israel settlements have not been resolved. Israel and Palestine have failed to reach a final peace agreement.
To date, the death toll on both sides from hostilities in Israel and Gaza is over hundreds. Many children and civilians in general are the principal victims.
Hamas and Israel blame each other for not respecting numerous cease-fire. Netanyahou told CNN that ‘ Hamas is responsible for all deaths on their side and on our side because they are the ones who kept the conflict going’.
The conflict has been the source of many peaceful manifestations all over the world. In many countries today, although many have heard of the ongoing conflict, all we know is that the conflict is ongoing, bad and that there is a lot of hatred on both sides but no one knows the real source of the last conflict. One thing is sure, this conflict should not be about who started the war and why. Both sides have squandered conflict but Palestinians today bear the suffering. A new missile from Israel made a hundreds of civilian victims says Dr Zouhair Lana.
Did the so called international community resign?
Should Civilians pay the price for the irresponsibility of their leaders?
The conflict matters for the human suffering it causes. Countries have demonstrated their inability to effectively intervene and have failed in its responsibility to protect.
In front of this mass atrocity and killings of civilians in violations of the law of war, the shameful quietness of the international community is highly disturbing. Preventive diplomacy has failed to achieve sustainable peace and countries members of the Security Council do not share the same views on conflict.
Recently, the UN has condemned the shelling of the school in Gaza but at the same time added that there were weapons kept there.The two parties have failed to reach an agreement and have failed to protect their own citizens. This humanitarian crises calls upon the absent international community to evacuate citizens from Gaza since Palestine seems to be using its citizens as a shield to build a strong case. Israel should stop using guns to kill flies and hence make fewer victims.
This brings on the surface the terrible inability of the international community to prevent the Rwandan Genocide against Tutsis of 1994.But there again, the international community’s capacity to resolve this conflict is limited because of the ‘structural legacy of the cold war restricting multilateral actions.
At the human rights council, a resolution was adopted on 23 July to condemn strongly the widespread, systematic and gross violations of international human rights. It has been decided that an independent international commission of inquiry to investigate all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights in Gaza, in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.
Whatever the case may be, while we are waiting for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, citizens are still dying. And again to what extent should we trust the international justice? This is another controversial topic worthy of another debate.
No, citizens should not pay the price for the irresponsibility of their leaders. But this trend has been so common over the world that we are starting to question the whole idea of having states and leaders.
From article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights stating the right to life, liberty and security of every person, the logical state responsibility is to protect and respect citizen’s rights to life. Palestine is failing to protect its own citizens and is arguably using them as a shield. Do Palestine value its own citizen? They should start before others can do the same.
Someone should teach the palestinians that there are better ways of responding to such acts. As a human rights activist killing hundreds of Palestinians is inappropriate but this is a result of Palestinians leaders who have sacrificed their own by engaging them in terrorist acts.