19th July 2014 | Please, please stop the war on Gaza
Over 300 Gazans killed, roughly 80% of them civilians,
70 of them children.
Over 2000 Gazans injured,
tens of thousands displaced.
Gaza has no army and uses rocket fire into southern Israel in resistance to its longstanding siege and occupation by Israel.
Gaza’s borders with Israel and Egypt are closed to them, leaving them nowhere to go.
5 Israelis killed; 3 soldiers and 2 civilians.
Israel has a huge, well trained army that uses air strikes, artillery and now a ground offensive.
The last time Israel used a ground offensive was in the 2008/09 war which left over 1,500 Palestinians dead.
There is so much back and forth between angry ‘Pro-Palestinians’ and defensive Israelis but what does it now matter who started what and why, when the targets of such atrocities are innocent civilians, most of which are children? Based on facts alone, is this a just war?
If peace can be achieved, how we perceive our brothers and sisters must change.
How America fears Israel’s power and pampers to its needs must change.
What Jews and Israelis are taught and misled into believing about their history must change.
How Hammas continues to fight a war they simply do not have the resources to win and kill their people in the process must change.
And moderate Israelis and Jews who condone the acts of their government, must speak out and make their voices heard.
This should not be about us and them, Palestinians Vs Israelis, they come from the same descendants. This is about humanity and how we treat each other. Shouldn’t all lives be valued equally?
I took the top photo above whilst protesting for the end of the war in 2008/2009. The bottom photo was taken by a friend at a protest today. Not much has changed, not even the banners.