I know what many people are thinking, that they’ve heard this all before and that nothing will change. It is true that many world leaders remain silent and the leaders of both Labour and Conservatives in Britain have shown their support for Israel’s genocide, yet I feel that there is also optimism this time around, that things could be slowly changing.
Why do I think this? Well to start with the protests taking place around the world are humongous and are starting to make those in power feel uncomfortable. In Britain 100,000 people marched from Downing Street to the Israeli Embassy, in what must be one of the biggest protest since the Iraq War.
There have been many protests taking place across the country and the cabinet offices were even occupied by pro-Palestine protestors. One sign of the fear within the establishment is the Medias almost complete blackout of the protests. Most of the protests which have surpassed expectations and brought out thousands of demonstrators have only been covered on TV by Russia Today, PressTV or Alforat, none of whom are British stations.
Despite these attempts, due to social media and camera phones it is now impossible for the establishment to keep the issue quiet, people are beginning to see that this is not a conflict, but a struggle between an oppressor and an oppressed, and this is not a war, but genocide!
Evidence of this pressure is seen in the UK’s parliament when many MPs spoke out, demanding that the government take action to punish Israel for failing to stick to international law and for the slaughter of civilians. Members of both Conservatives and Labour spoke out, including Iraq War Criminal: Jack Straw. It is clear that many of these are not speaking out due to their own beliefs or because they care about the genocide, but because of the pressure being put on them. MP’s are aware that Margaret Thatcher called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”, which would now count heavily against her if she were alive and involved in politics.
The Israeli consulate in Turkey was occupied and trashed, Irish politician Gerry Adams has called for Israeli diplomats to be expelled from Ireland, and in France the establishment have become so nervous that they have banned pro-Palestine protests. Chile has already boycotted Israel and it is becoming clear that the World is waking up.
Now we have to keep up the protests and activism, we have to make sure we only vote for politicians who support an end to apartheid and oppose Israel’s war crimes. The biggest fear is that when a ceasefire is reached, nothing in the Palestinians lives will change, the occupation, the arrests, the checkpoints, the child prisoners and the killing of politicians will continue and everyone will forget about it until another bombing campaign takes place. We must not let that happen, we must put pressure on Israel to meet the demands of Hamas in reaching the ten year ceasefire it proposes, their ten points are:
- Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.
- Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.
- Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.
- Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.
- Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.
- Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.
- International forces on the borders.
- Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
- Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.
- Reestablishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.
All very reasonable requests and considering that the apartheid would still continue Hamas are being very generous.
We must write to our MPs and become aware which of them support Israel and which support human rights. I wrote to my MP: Lynne Featherstone, who has in turn made it very clear that she agrees with Israel’s excuses for war and supports them 100% in her reply. I will now be campaigning to remove her from her position in the next election, based on this answer.
I propose we set up a website for the next elections getting constituents to ask on camera all the candidates what they believe on this issue and if the say they are pro-Palestine, to make a pledge that they will stick to that view.
The world has stopped the Slave Trade, the Nazi Holocaust and the South African Apartheid, we must now stop this genocide in the Holy Lands.