September 28 is a terrible date for the Palestinians. A date that marks the beginning of “uprising”, Intifada, unshackled now four years ago, by the provocative inroad of Likud leader Ariel Sharon, in one of the most holy places of the Muslims: the mosque Haram al Sharif.
But what rising are we talking about ?
During the years in which the Israeli governments, of the right as well as from the left, behaved as if the demands of humanity did not exist, we have assisted, sorrowful and powerless, in the crushing of the Palestinians.
The well informed people, the States, the media, know quite well that the illegal occupier, well equipped with the most sophisticated and terrible arms, has violated all the articles of the IV Geneva Convention, articles that protect the civilians in occupied territories. When the accounts are squared up, nobody can pretend, as the German citizens of yesterday: “We did not know”.
In this unequal battle, the first attention of citizens who have familial or affective ties with Israel, must be on the illegal actions and the atrocities perpetrated by Israel against the Palestinian civilians.
In other words, the Jewish organisations, the Jewish citizens, the media, bear a considerable responsibility to the sufferance inflicted by both sides. In fact, not condemning Israel again opens the door for more repression against innocents, and even discredits Jews in the eyes of all the peoples, who, in this unequal conflict, know what’s going on.
Witnessing the proliferation of outrages against young children compels us to react, to demand of all the Jewish organisations to exert all their influence to stop the abuses perpetrated by Israel against the civilian population. We will never stop repeating it. Persecution of children already caught in the occupation, threatening their security, is an unforgivable sin.
If the men and women committed to Israel would discover what we have discovered. That the holy land has become a lawless jungle, that the Zionist movement has systematically and intentionally fooled the world, that the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine was accompanied by dark episodes, episodes that made it into a criminal State, then they could no longer accept the ‘official’ version of the facts spread by the Zionists financed by the World Jewish Congress, very active in France and the USA. The criticism of Zionism becomes more radical as the people discover the extent of the tragedy.
The Palestinians suffer horribly. And this only can get worse as long as the people of the Jewish religion and culture remain silent. It would honour them if they demanded from the State of Israel that it accepts international law and UN resolutions as well as the cessation of sufferance inflicted upon children.
To remain neutral, continuing to be silent, in a situation so desperately imbalanced as the Palestinians are in, is an immoral position.
The Jewish organisations should do anything to force Israel – that caused the conflict – to recognise the inhuman treatment inflicted on the Palestinians since 1948, and to provide them reparation.
The non Jewish victims of the Israeli occupation cannot be less important than the Jewish victims of yesterday, of whom the world still honours, even now, the memory.