“Let’s not forget”, Shahrazad wrote lately, “… Gaza does not have water. Gaza does not have Petrol. Gaza does not have Electricity. Instead, Gaza has a big graveyard!” and she’s right: We are not to forget Gaza! We are not to turn our backs on Gaza.
About 1,4 Million people are forced to live in the Gaza Strip, which is a strip of coastal land mere 41 km long and 16 km wide. That makes 4’118 inhabitants per square kilometer, conditions that make me perfectly understand why people call it an “open air prison“. Especially for since Hamas took control over the strip that formerly belonged to the Palestinian Authority with its Hamas – Fatah government, Israel has held most of the border crossings closed safe for minimal amounts of humanitarian goods. In short: Living in Gaza is no fun. No fun at all. I’d absolutely recommend the top politicians of Israel, the PA and United Nations spending some time there for a better idea of the situation.
Often Gaza residents are attributed names like “terrorists” or at least “hardliners” and “extremists”which is used as a reason to justify attacks at the strip – most of the time counter attacks after rocket or mortar shell attacks from Gaza at Israel. So perhaps I should emphasize: Gaza residents are not terrorists. There are terrorists in Gaza, sure, but they are a tiny minority holding a vast majority captive with their idea of the intifada, the uprising, which will finally, so they claim, get them rid of the big bad evil of Israel. And then when ever they fire rockets at Israel and Israel fires back at the places the rockets have been fired from the terrorists run off but with a place as densely populated as Gaza there are others, innocent people, that get caught in Israel’s fire. And there we go: New civilian casualties which of course make it way easier for Hamas to recruit even more terrorists for their attacks against Israel which leads to Israel making extra sure no Gaza residents can slip into Israel and so on and so on and so on. Everybody has been knowing the vicious circle for years now but nobody feels like breaking it. Why? Because nobody who has any power has the least interest in peace, if you’d ask me. Neither Hamas – if there was peace, how would they possibly justify their politic of extremism and terrorism? How would they keep people from looking underneath their own carpet where, no doubt, there are plenty of bodies.
Let’s not forget about Gaza.Never. Those people are suffering and most of them are doing so innocently. Hardly anybody chose to life in Gaza. Those who haven’t been born there are mostly refugees that have already lost their homes. The fact that a whole population of 1,6 Mio. people is held captive by the authorities of both Gaza and Israel plus foreign politicians and – last but not least – the media is one that should always be remembered. Cause only if done so there’s a chance that one day Gaza will be a prosper strip of land with a wealthy and – most important – happy population.