EXCLUSIVE THE LEVANT – By Catherine Shakdam – Oblivious of international laws and in complete defiance of the Geneva Convention, Israel has announced it has deployed its ground troops in Gaza, determined to escalate its so-called crackdown on Hamas militants.
Following ten days of relentless bombing and the death of 230 people, among which over 160 civilians, among whom women and children, Israel PM Benyamin Netanyahu has successfully sold his new war on Gaza to millions of angry Israelis.
Following weeks of what can only be described as a vicious, racist campaign against Palestinians, Netanyahu has quite overwhelmingly convinced his people that Palestinians are lesser human beings destined to die under the mighty boot of Israel.
Regardless of officials claims before the international community that Israel is a moral people, a good people; Israel has shown its true colours too many times for the world to care to ignore.
When officials have felt so bold as to openly call for the massacre of all Palestinians – women, children and the elderly — there is little moral ground to be had.
Earlier this week Israeli politician, Ayelet Shaked, wrote in a controversial Facebook post, “all Palestinians are our enemies … Israel should declare war on the entire [Palestinian] people, including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.”
A statement from Netanyahu and Defence Minister Moshe Ya’alon described the invasion as focused on destroying tunnels connecting Gaza to Israel.
“[The operation] will deal significant damage to the infrastructure of Hamas and other terrorist organisations in the Gaza Strip,” they said.
But when Facebook and Twitter continue to carry messages of hate, calling for the death of more Palestinian children one wonders what targets Israel might really be after becomes clearer.
Many Israeli Facebook users have posted violent and disturbing content on their personal accounts. Talya Shilok Edry, who has more than one thousand followers, posted the following “status”: “What an orgasm to see the Israeli Defense Forces bomb buildings in Gaza with children and families at the same time. Boom boom.”
Edry’s Facebook timeline shows a pattern of calls for bloodshed against Palestinians. Writing about the murdered sixteen-year-old Mohammed Abu Khudair, who was kidnapped and burned alive by Israeli youth, she stated: “Sweet settlers, next time you kidnap an Arab boy, call me and let me torture him!! Why do you get to have all the fun?”
Before such blind hatred and irrational thinking it is difficult to fathom how a meaningful truce will be brokered. Hate is language which knows no rhyme or reason.