Thereâ€™s a harrowing asymmetry in this conflict that is made all the worse when it is ignored. As reprehensible as the ideology and actions of Hamas are, none of the same criticism is given to Israel for committing acts that are illegal under international law, such as imposing sanctions and collective punishment on 1.5 million people.
Hamas may have broken then truce, but Israel didnâ€™t hold to the conditions of the truce when it didnâ€™t lift the debilitating blockade which has threatened a humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza. Whatâ€™s more, it seems that Israel, too, wanted to break the truce.
Weâ€™d all like to see Hamas gone and Palestinians benefit from a government which is not hell bent on the annihilation of a whole country. But if we put long term ideology aside for a second, Hamas is doing for its people what any government would in its situation. It doesnâ€™t see why it has to restrain itself in the same way Israel doesn’t.
Then we have the fact that the casualties on both sides donâ€™t even begin to compare, as with the technological advancement, civil infrastructure and international standing of the two sides. I believe all of this is contributing to a deep sense of injustice amongst Gazans, Arabs and, yes, Muslims the world over. The real danger does not lie in some ineffective rocket attacks from an overpopulated, under-fed and beleaguered enclave on Israelâ€™s border, but in more young people falling prey to Hamasâ€™s rhetoric of religiously-inspired resistance, not just to feel more empowered but because they have become convinced that they are being treated this way because of their religion and race. And so will emerge a continual cycle of terror and civillian carnage.
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