Sunday, July 27, 2014

The blame game in Gaza

The violence in Gaza once again spotlights attention on the Israel-Palestine problem. While much of western media have blamed Hamas for inciting the violence by killing three Israeli settlers, John Judis points to deeper underlying policy trends. In particular, this graphic on the sharp increase in construction of housing units in the occupied territories is revealing.
The point about incitement is plain dis-ingenuity, even dishonesty. Since June 2007, Israel has maintained a ruinous and inhuman blockade of the Gaza Strip. The scale of human suffering caused by the blockade makes it a powerful source of incitement. The spurt in settlements, since Netanyahu came to power in 2009, especially in the West Bank, is even more inflammatory in so far as it is a definitive signal that Israel is against any solution involving Palestinian statehood. Given the near impossibility of large-scale relocation of settlers, each housing unit is one more nail in the coffin of the "two-state solution". 

1 comment:

KP said...

Dear Gulzar,

Normally, I don't comment on language - which I think you maintain at a level of accuracy that is outstanding.

But, in this case may I make an observation. I think blame-game sounds like you may have been influenced by the NDTV (or Barkha) school of journalism, that infects almost all our cable news anchors - who use this approach precisely for the same effect.

Superficial equivalence and equivocation is what our own debates enable - without any consideration of asymmetry or historic background.

On, second thoughts, that may precisely be the problem with the Gaza debate, the public debate that is.

regards, KP.