by Daphna Whitmore
What other western country shoots demonstrators with snipers? Like a scene from Game of Thrones Israel continued its bloody killing spree on the Gaza border while celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
As Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were opening the embassy the death toll rose to more than 60 Palestinians with an estimated 2000 maimed this week. Meanwhile fascistic religious Jewish mobs in Jerusalem went on a rampage against Palestinians, all the while protected by the Israeli state.
Israel’s siege of Gaza, now in its eleventh year, has turned the 1.8 million people of Gaza into prisoners. When they protest against the siege, their loss of land and nationhood, Israel metes out more violent and sick treatment. The Israeli army fires at will against men, women and children, and then cries that it is the victim. It is a macabre show.
The Palestinian resistance is a remarkable struggle against the odds. The two-state solution, which was predicated on continuing the injustice and legitimising Israel, has failed because a belligerent Israel is not willing to concede anything of substance.
Now is the time for more than words. Jacinda Ardern has condemned the killing, calling it a ‘devastating one-sided loss of life’ and the Israeli Ambassador Itzhak Gerberg has been called to a meeting with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. No doubt there will be more words exchanged. This will carry little weight if there are no consequences. If the words are to mean anything they must be followed by cutting all diplomatic ties, closing the embassy, and stopping all trade with Israel.
RALLY FOR FREE PALESTINE
2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD
organised by The Palestine Solidarity Network
Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.