A reader asked why we have not commented on the Israel’s attacks on Gaza. The reader ascribed this to our less than clear view on the issue. So here’s the view:
Israeel started throwing missiles on Gaza, the day three Israeli teenagers were found dead. Israel blamed the killings on Hamas , a terrorist Group, and started bombing Gaza civilian areas.
Israel’s bombing in Gaza has killed more than 1000 people and injured more than 2500, including children; and the bombing must be condemned without mincing words. Israel is bombing Gaza with least regard to rules and ethics. Israel’s bombers are targeting even schools and hospitals.
Hamas, the terrorist Group blamed for killing three Israeli teenagers , has not accepted the responsibility for the killing. Thus what Israel is doing can’t be justified. No terrorist group will do some of act of terror, and not take responsibility for it. After All in majority of cases , the act of terror needs to be advertised.
Lets not debate who the occupier is. As calling Israel the occupier, offends some. Let’s talk of something else. Israeli bombing Gaza is wrong for some very basic reasons. They are:
- A terrorist group can bomb any place, as it’s an outlaw outfit. A sovereign Government can’t. If a Government starts acting like a terror group, then with what moral authority it can rule.
- One can’t bomb civilian areas, that too hospitals, schools etc.
The mere reason that a country is teaching a lesson to a muslim country; OR an advanced country like Israel is capable enough to teach Palestine a lesson; is not valid reason to remain silent or to approve Israel’s manslaughter. Terrorism is a big problem for the world, but so is the arrogance of Israel.
If we in India are still seeing the Gaza bombings as one on the Islamic world; then we need to question our basic human virtues. We need to condemn Israel in clear terms. We can’t see babies being killed in their cradles…