Unbiased account of the Gaza War


If you started following Israel’s war on Gaza on, you might not know all the facts to make an informed decision about the conflict. The goal of this article is to give you a thorough, unbiased and accurate representation of Israel’s war on Gaza.

Step back to the March 2012 crisis. With Egypt acting as the broker, Hamas and Israel were able to arrive at a peace agreement. Israel enjoyed a very peaceful year. Egypt and Hamas share a border crossing known as the Rafah crossing, where goods and services enter into the country. Hamas is able to tax the goods and use the money to pay Palestinian civil servants to maintain basic services, such as electricity, waste management, water treatment and the sort. This situation was stable, until the counter-revolution of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. In el-Sisi’s crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, it associated Hamas as a wing of the brotherhood. Thus the border between Egypt and Gaza was closed, starving the country of necessities, Hamas’s main tax revenue. This subsequently led to the breakdown of society, as basic humanitarian needs of Gaza were not met.

Hamas felt that the best way to return to normal relations was to negotiate for a national unity government with the political parties in Ramallah. The terms of the negotations meant that Hamas had all but zero influence in the government. It took about a year, but they were able to achieve national unity. The US cautiously supported the Unity government because Hamas was not associated with it, still created roadblocks along the way. Despite Hamas’s absence, Israel still opposed the government and refused to negotiate towards peace with them. The absense of Hamas from the government was specifically engineered so that border crossing guards would be members of the Palestinian authority, not Hamas, so that the Egyptian government would have no reason to open the border.

Did that happen? No. Egypt still refused to open the border. Some argue that this was at the request of Israel. Instead, Palestinian frustration and anger with Egypt and Israel increased.

Then three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, allegedly by Hamas, and their bodies were later found. In a revenge attack, Mohammed Abu Khdeir was beaten and burned alive by an Israeli. Massive Palestinian protests ensued against the murder, which were suppressed by the Israeli military. In one of these protests, Tariq Abu Khdier, an American of Palestinian origin, was severely beat. The beating was caught on video and uploaded on the Internet.

Israel maintains a policy that any and all attacks from Palestine are automatically attributed to Hamas. So, in response to the kidnapping and killing, Israel began to bomb, kidnap and kill Palestinians in Hamas. As Israeli’s killings, bombings and arrests intensified, Hamas responded by firing rockets into Israel. Israel claimed the right to defend itself from Hamas’s revenge attacks and began heavily bombing Gaza.

The bombings killed hundreds and injured scores more. Egypt offered Israel and Hamas a peace agreement for unconditional cease-fire. Hamas refused to accept the cease-fire agreement, stating that none of their conditions were met. In exchange, they offered their own cease-fire with their own conditions, most importantly that the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza be allowed open. I do not know if this cease-fire agreement was taken seriously.

At this point, over 600 Palestinians have died, by Israeli bombings and shootings, and had roughly 3000 injuries, around 80% of them are civilians. Israel has lost around 17 soldiers, with at least one who was kidnapped by Hamas.

Divesting from Apartheid Israel


Greetings,

Israel is an Apartheid State, this much is known. Their recent aerial bombardment of Gaza has renewed my interest to oppose their state terrorism. But no matter what, the US will support Israel. So, what can be done?

Solution: Target Apartheid Israel’s Economy!

As a student of Economics, I know that countries are most affected by shocks to their Economy, Israel is no exception. We must divest and boycott companies that have significant investments or financial interests in Apartheid Israel. Additionally, we should notify companies why we refuse to buy their goods and services.

Currently, this movement is known as Boycott, Divest and Sanction. Check out their website here: http://www.bdsmovement.net/

Here are my personal goals:

  • Email all companies that I invest in asking whether to what extent they have investments in Apartheid Israel, and demanding that they divest or that I will sell my stock.
  • Downloading the Buycott app on my smartphone and scanning all products that I purchase to ensure that they are not targets of the Boycott. If they are, I will not buy them, and email or call the company to declare why I am not purchasing their product.
  • Spreading the word and encouraging others to divest from Apartheid Israel.

Here is the sample letter I am using:

To whom it may concern:

I hold a significant personal investment in [COMPANY NAME]. However, due to ongoing events in the Gaza Strip, I am re-evaluating my portfolio to divest from firms with sizable investments or financial interests in Apartheid Israel.

Please tell me to what extent [COMPANY NAME] has economic interests in Apartheid Israel. If possible, please also provide me with investor literature related to [COMPANY NAME’s] commitment to human rights.

Thank you,

And its not just me. Thousands of others around the world are also taking part in the divestment campaign, including several governments, entertainers, politicians, companies, trade unions and more. Here is a list of BDS’s current victories, its starting to snowball. Also, check this out:

It worked for South Africa and it will certainly work against Apartheid Israel. Join in!