"...je suis scandalisé par l'attitude des gouvernements israélien et européens envers les peuples arabes..."
So says one of my comments for the previous blog. I can't deny that I am excited at finding more and more comments now... but lets go into the subject.
It is always scandelous to see double standards when weighing two sides of the same conflict. I see this in almost all responses. What people seem to forget is that there is a root to everything. In this particular Middle Eastern Chaos, the root of the problem is injustice- Both in relation to Israel-Arab conflict and in the internal arenas of the Arab countries. I believe to be totally fair you have to take the whole situation into consideration. Anyone who comes out to condemn an act of resistance should make it a point what the root of the problem is otherwise he is not making a balanced statement.
Another comentator says:
"I work with criminals every day in my job. They have a way of justifying themselves which is different from what other people do. They never admit even the slightest wrong, it is always 100% someone else's fault. I see the same on every Palestinian site. No one is prepared to admit even a 1% responsibility for the troubles."
Well, to start with we are not criminals. Personally I believe, and I indicated this in previous posts, that all human life is sacred. I also believe that an oppressed should not seek to imitate its oppressors in its actions. Therefore I stand in a grey zone when it comes to Palestinian/Arab resistance: On the one hand Arabs have every right to resist "the original sin" that is named Zionism. On the other, it is essential that such resistance be directed and managed in a way to avoid unnecessary harm.
I don't believe in "collatoral damage" which is part of Israel/US occupation policy.
Of course, both sides to any conflict are responsible for its continuation. However, Can you blame the oppressed the same way you blame the oppressor? That is not possible, nor is it logical. If there was no Zionist conquest, the Palestinians would not have risen in 1921 nor in 1929 against the Jews. They would not have defend themselves against the Zionist forces in 1947-1949. There would have been no war in 1956 nor in 1967 and so on in 1973, 1982, 1987, 2000.
You see, we have a responsibility for the conflict's extension... But what else do you expect, sit there and watch all this injustice, silently as everyone else is?
Maybe with many Palestinians, the reason they fight this injustice is personal, or national. Maybe they would not have risen to do so if the oppressed where somewhere in East Timor. However, It is still a fight for justice, and many Palestinians view the conflict as that- a quest for justice.
That is why over the years, the PLO supported the ANC, the Vietnamese, the Algerians, the struggle against racism in Rohdesia, etc... In all these conflicts, Israel stood firmly on the side on injustice- The White supremacists in Rohdesia and SA, the American in Vietnam and the French. In Arabic we have a saying "tell me who your friends are, I tell you who you are." In this case, a state which supported all the injustice in the world, is standing against an organisation that supported all the just struggles for freedom.
That is why, we felt it was personal when Mandela was freed, we felt it was personal when the French conceded Algeria, we felt it was personal when the Americans were defeated in Vietnam... We celebrated.
The Israelis saw the victory of the just struggles of the people as a loss to them. doesn't this say something about where each side of the conflict fits exactly? I am sure it does.
That's why when someone writes to me
"Estoy con vosotros de todo corazon..."He is one person who supports justice against oppression...