Israel, you don’t get peace with war

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Illustration by: Jae Kitinoja / Illustrator

Illustration by: Jae Kitinoja / Illustrator

War never changes.

Ambiguous reasons, propaganda, pointed fingers, supposed peace talks and heated debate flow into a confused public all while people are losing their lives to reasons unknown to them. On Oct. 30, Israeli planes attacked a Syrian military base. To Israel, I ask to stop acting with aggression, warranted or not, to lay down its arms and find a more peaceful way to achieve a solution.

CNN reports that the base was struck down because it was suspected to have held missiles and other related weapons that could be possibly transferred to Hezbollah. According to CNN, the Israeli government has not confirmed the attack or commented on it as of yet.

“We don’t refer to foreign reports,” an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman told CNN in the article.

Israel has been accused of several airstrikes within Syria this year, but has not commented on them. However it has been known that Israel holds the intent to strike down any convoy that would attempt to supply Hezbollah or any other terrorist organization that would threaten Israel.

But violence only begets more violence. Israel’s choice to choose conflict amidst an area of heated conflict will not lead to any solutions any time soon.

To explain clearly, Hezbollah is currently labeled as a terrorist organization by various governments around the world, including Israel and the United States. Hezbollah is a Shi’a Islamic militant group and a political party within Lebanon. Originally Hezbollah was founded as a resistance group to go against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon. It has since grown to have seats within the Lebanese government.

It is clear that Israel views Hezbollah as a dangerous and capable enemy.

It is narrow minded for Israel to view its only solution against a military power by striking back with violence. And while Syria is still stuck in its civil war, Syria does not need anymore bombs to be dropped on its soil.

Taking a step back from the conflicts, this month marks the 66-year anniversary of Israel, which was founded on Nov. 29, 1947. Sadly, the founding of Israel is ironic. Israel was a nation founded to be a refuge for the Jewish people after the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II. In an ironic twist, the land used for the nation of Israel displaced the Palestinian people.

Since then Israel has been involved with various conflicts with its neighbors. One of its conflicts with its neighbors, Lebanon, gave rise to Hezbollah. This in turn caused Israel to strike down Syria’s military base. Not to overly simplify such a complicated issue, but aggression in the past looped into more violence in the present, a sad cycle that comes with war and violence.

Despite the violence that Israel and its neighboring countries stir up, America continues to support Israel dear heartedly. Over and over we hear that America and Israel share the same democratic values. But really, what ideals do they really share? America and Israel share the same values of war and oppression of marginalized ethnic groups in the push to keep another group in power.

In an Op-Ed article written by Yousef Munayyer for the New York Times, Munayyer discusses the different experiences he and his wife have when they are going back to their homes in Israel. Munayyer and his wife are both Palestinian, however Munayyer is an Israeli citizen. His wife is not, although both reside in the same land claimed by the Israeli government.

Munayyer explains that there is only a 30 mile gap between his hometown and his wife’s hometown. And throughout the 30 mile gap, Munayyer explains that it is filled with walls, checkpoints and soldiers. If Munayyer were to live with his wife in her region, he would have to forgo his Israeli citizenship in order to prevent what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls a “demographic spillover.”

The forceful separation of various groups and the discriminatory laws that uphold the separation isn’t too far from apartheid in South Africa or the Jim Crow laws in America.

Munayyer explains that in order for his wife to return to her home in Israel, she would have to land in Amman, Jordan, instead of Israel itself. And afterwards she would have to go through questioning at the border in order for her to get back home. Doesn’t this slightly remind you of Angel Island and the anti-Chinese policies that existed back in the mid 1800’s — denying people rightful citizenship despite having lived on lands claimed by the country’s government?

Returning home requires a humiliating questioning session to make sure you are who you claim to be. Returning home shouldn’t mean that you must run through a gauntlet of tests and checkpoints.

Israel, stop the violence and begin real peace talks. America, stop supporting Israel and hold them accountable for their acts of discrimination and violence. Israel is meant to be the bastion of democracy and the first nation that consists of a Jewish majority. However, realizing the fact that Palestinians refer to Israel’s founding as the “Nakba,” or catastrophe, puts a new perspective to the nation. Munayyer’s story turns heads as it is often not told by the media. But then again, these bastion of democracies (Israel and America), are righteous, right? No, these bastions are nothing but systems of oppression that only benefit the few through war and discrimination. And, sadly, the leaders of these democratic bastions want to continue to fan the flames of war. Change is needed, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to come from the leaders. It’s up to the people, the real movers of history.

 

 

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  • Arafat

    While Saudis repress all their people (other than the royal
    family whom have private $500 million dollar private airplanes) we focus our
    angst on Israel for deep down we are really just anti-Semites pretending to be
    humanitarians.

    While Pakistanis ethnically cleanse that once Hindu country
    of its remaining Hindus we focus our angst on Israel for deep down we are
    really just anti-Semites pretending to be humanitarians.

    While Egyptians ethnically cleanse that country of its
    ancient Coptic community we focus our angst on Israel for deep down we are
    anti-Semites masquerading as humanitarians.

    While Mali Islamists turn Mali into the next Sudan we focus
    our angst on Israel for deep down we are really anti-Semites dressed up in
    humanitarian’s clothes.

    While Yemenis turn that bread basket of the Arabian
    Peninsula into a place of starvation we focus our crocodile tears on Israel for
    deep down we are really anti-Semites dressed up in fancy humanitarian clothes.

    While Islamists in Southern Thailand kill off over 5,000
    Buddhists in the span of a few years we ignore their plight and turn our focus
    on Israel for we are anti-Semites pretending to be concerned humanitarians.

    While Hezbollah kills off what remains of the Christian
    leadership in Lebanon we turn the spotlight on Israel for they are just Jews
    and we all know nobody has ever defended the Jews. They’re easy pickings and we
    are really just Brown Shirts pretending to be humanitarians.

  • DrRoblee

    The above article is a juvenile as it’s accompanied cartoon.

  • Yoni Mann

    I’m afraid the author never took the time to research both sides but took a rather narrow-minded and one-sided approach to this piece. This is demonstrated when the author neglected to fact-check a rather simple piece of information easily found on Wikipedia or any other website: Israel was in founded on May 14th, 1948.

    The author’s lack of research and guilty accusations on a topic that affects the lives of millions of individuals, is not something to be taken at ease, nor simplified: Israeli & Palestinian lives are not to be gambled with. The author doesn’t bother to look into or attempt to understand both sides of a very complicated conflict before publishing his judgement and libel against a nation that has been through many hardships and has literally fought for survival in the face of extermination, since being displaced from their homeland over 2,000 years ago.

    On November 29th, 1947, the State of Israel was not founded. Rather, the United Nations voted to pass UN Resolution 181, which divided the land: One state for the Palestinian Jews, and one state for the Palestinian Arabs. My grandfather was a Palestinian Jew, reflective on his Palestinian ID issued by the British who ruled Palestine pre-1948.

    On May 14th, 1948, the Palestinian Jews declared independence from the British Mandate of Palestine and that’s when they became Israelis. Unfortunately, the Palestinian Arabs did not declare independence and instead launched a full-scale war against the Israelis with the help of their surrounding neighbors.

    The history of the Jews in this land does not begin in the 1900s, but goes as far back as 2,000 years, when the Jews were originally kicked out from their homeland. Never forgetting their homeland, they yearned to return, and at the first opportunity, which came 2,000 years later, they returned en-mass.

    There are over 1,600,000 Arabs living in Israel, enjoying full rights as Israeli citizens, including the right to vote, and the right to serve in the Israeli Parliament (which Arabs, men and women alike, currently hold seats in the parliament).

    Clearly, there is more to the story that the author isn’t telling you.

    I invite the author to come visit Israel for himself. It’s a beautiful country with a young, vibrant, diverse and pluralistic society. I will personally show you around and introduce you to both Israelis and Palestinians living in the region. I am sure your article would be very different and more balanced, after having understood the complexities of both sides.

  • Yoni Mann

    I’m afraid the author never took the time to research both sides but took a rather narrow-minded and one-sided approach to this piece. This is demonstrated when the author neglected to fact-check a rather simple piece of information easily found on Wikipedia or any other website: Israel was in founded on May 14th, 1948.

    The author’s lack of research and guilty accusations on a topic that affects the lives of millions of individuals, is not something to be taken at ease, nor simplified: Israeli & Palestinian lives are not to be gambled with. The author doesn’t bother to look into or attempt to understand both sides of a very complicated conflict before publishing his judgement and libel against a nation that has been through many hardships and has literally fought for survival in the face of extermination, since being displaced from their homeland over 2,000 years ago.

    On November 29th, 1947, the State of Israel was not founded. Rather, the United Nations voted to pass UN Resolution 181, which divided the land: One state for the Jewish Palestinians, and one state for the Arab Palestinians. On May 14th, 1948, the Jewish Palestinians declared independence from the British Mandate of Palestine and that’s when they became Israelis. Unfortunately, the Arab Palestinians did not declare independence and instead launched a full-scale war against the Israelis with the help of their surrounding neighbors.

    The history of the Jews in this land does not begin in the 1900s, but goes as far back as 2,000 years, when the Jews were originally kicked out from their homeland. Never forgetting their homeland, they yearned to return, and at the first opportunity, which came 2,000 years later, they returned en-mass.

    There are over 1,600,000 Arabs living in Israel, enjoying full rights as Israeli citizens, including the right to vote, and the right to serve in the Israeli Parliament (which Arabs, men and women alike, currently hold seats in the parliament).

    Clearly, there is more to the story that the author isn’t telling you.

    I invite the author to come visit Israel for himself. It’s a beautiful country with a young, vibrant, diverse and pluralistic society. I will personally show you around and introduce you to both Israelis and Palestinians living in the region. I am sure your article would be very different and more balanced, after having understood the complexities of both sides.

  • M2000

    You seriously believe Israel has anything to benefit from going into war with Syria? Both sides in the Syrian civil war hate Israel, it should be none of Israel’s business, rather instead of accusing Israel of “controlling” US foreign policy it’s really we’re telling a country like Israel what to do which isn’t right for their security if they strike a side and ignore another side that’s even worse.

  • Arman Gosparini

    Why do you hold Israel to a widely different standard than its neighbors?

    • Oscar Madison

      Just more liberal trashing and condemning Israel because it creates no dangers. Write something bad about Islam and they will try to execute you (e.g Saalman Rushdi).