Days of Palestine, Vancouver -“Do not worry, this is normal for us… We are used to this terror.” Two very powerful and gravely disturbing statements, both responses from Gazans in response to my messages asking if they were okay and safe.
On Saturday night, in the dead of night, Israeli occupation forces launched unprovoked air assaults upon the southern Gaza Strip, shelling neighbourhoods, traumatising an already traumatised population.
One family, in particular, lost two of its three children, when shells were fired into their home. Their son, age 10 murdered in his sleep, his 6-year-old sister sustained critical head injuries and succumbed to those injuries hours after the assault, and their remaining 13-year-old son, survives with the trauma and devastation that today he is alive but will never hold his brother and sister again.
Their parents now having to bury children whose lives have been stolen by an illegal occupation of their country.
The Israeli Zionist Occupation of Palestine sole purpose is to slowly, systematically exterminate, erase and eliminate an entire race of people. Short of mass scale executions and gas chambers, the Occupation’s crimes against humanity, their war crimes, are no less heinous, inhumane and evil.
The Gaza strip has become the Concentration Camp of an Israeli creation. Contained, controlled, and enclosed. Not unlike the Nazi ghettos of Europe, where entire populations were confined.
In discussing solutions, discussions born out of a sense and need to bring justice, feelings of rage take hold. Some argue there is no clear, black and white solution to the problem of Occupation; that the West has allowed this malignancy of Occupation to grow so far out of control, created, supported and funded by the Western governments for decades.
Then, the Western governments have lost control over the monster they have created; and in a perfect scenario, if Occupation’s regime was toppled tomorrow, it would create a vacuum effect, and chaos may ensue.
Perhaps this would be the result, but just as the west has paid reparations to a Zionist regime to appease their own conscious, the West must now take a stand to correct their error. Not doing so just validates that this whole regime and the atrocities it has and continues to commit is spawned out of a sense of greed and control.
Even Occupation is a fool to think the Western governments support them for the sake of their so-called sovereign state. The Zionist Occupation is nothing more than a pseudo Western stronghold in the Middle East with the Western governments being the master and the Zionist Occupation their Marionette.
It is easy to say that the Western governments should take a firm, possibly military action to depose the Occupation government, but this is impossible at this point of their creation.
The only way to continue to weaken the stronghold occupation has on this land, is to do so economically, and through exposing their war crimes, crimes against children, against humanity; occupation’s violations of international laws and agreements.
For former Israeli military who have begun to speak out and expose the truth of their crimes to increase their voice; for the world to continue to be made aware of the truth of what is happening in Palestine, that has been happening for nearly seven decades, via social media, video and photography as it happens.
It is overwhelming for some, perhaps even you reading this, to think of what you could possibly do to help. It is a fact, that one person’s efforts alone make a difference, but together in effort, we can bring change; just as society fought in support of ending South African’s apartheid, we as a world society must now stand in solidarity and effort, to end Occupation of Palestine, end the regime, end the Apartheid and end the genocide.
Silence condones the violence and complacency, turning a blind eye, makes the world guilty of these crimes equally. We are all human, part of the world’s humanity. I must believe that the world still has a conscious, that together through activism, advocacy, boycotts, divestments, sanctions, social media storms of fact and truth, and pressuring our governments, and corporations to have a conscious; and take a stand against this fascist occupation regime, in order to cleanse their hands of the blood of innocent Palestinians. Only then does Palestine really have hope of realising her freedom.
Again, I must emphasise to you the reader, to educate yourself. What is happening in Palestine is not merely a conflict of a Jew against a Muslim. It is not, never has been. This portrayal is not the reality; it is yet another Western media concoction to deviate from the truth.
Palestine existed long before the fictional state of Israel was invented. Palestine and the Palestinians have always been Arab Jew, Christian and Muslim living in peace. Israel is a Zionist creation and ideology that has nothing to do with Judaism.
Zionism uses the cloak of Judaism to proclaim its case that the conflict is one of religion. Zionists that entered Palestine during the Nakba of 1947 to 1949 came from Eastern and other parts of Europe.
When you have the desire to seek the truth, to find the truth, the truth always prevails. There is no excuse to plead ignorance of the issues at play. To do so, becomes selective ignorance of active choice. So what choice will you make?
© Ema Mei 2016
Ema Mei is an educator, writer, author and human rights activist living in Canada. Ema is a strong supporter of Palestine and the Palestinian cause. She is an active volunteer editor and contributor to the Days of Palestine and lead writer for Faces of Palestine http://facesofpalestine.com/