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Monday, September 19, 2005

Gaza disengagement and Palestinian education

This is my first post on the Israeli pullout from Gaza. It has literally taken me months to make up my mind on this issue (usually I have an opinion immediately!), but I finally know where I stand; I am against it. This is a complex and heavily involved issue and it would be impossible to address all aspects of the disengagement in one Middle East Opinion post. So for my first post I choose to focus on the role that Palestinian education (or lack thereof) has played in creating the current Middle East situation.

I heard a speaker the other day compare the Gaza disengagement by Israel to the creation of a garbage dump. Instead of throwing out the trash from Gaza, Israel has chosen to pullout and close off the entire areas as one large garbage dump.

The speaker was Walid Shoebat, an ex-PLO-brainwashed Palestinian who started asking questions and came to realise that what the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) was feeding him was hateful propoganda. Check out his site here (I've also added a link on the right).

I think this comparison is very apt and obviously very scary too! Now as much as I understand most of the motivation for the disengagement I think that previous actions may have led Israel to the point where this seemed a necessity. I think that the fault lay in Palestinian education and a sooner addressing of the Palestinian education system (rather Palestinian propoganda system) would have been much more effective than pulling out of Gaza. Aside from obviously blaming the Palestinian leaders for the propoganda and brainwashing in Palestinian areas, I blame Israel for not addressing it. Already we can see the reactions from many Palestinians to the pullout; One of perceived victory and a renewed vigour to "continue pushing until Jerusalem". I fear that this may have served to greatly fuel the Islamic fundamentalist fire.

I think that Gaza disengagement was unfair to both Israelis and Palestinians and both groups will suffer as a result.

Israel:
  • What does this mean for the Jews (and other ISraelis) who have fought for (and many die for) the protection of Gaza?
  • Jews (and other ISraelis) have a right to live there. Regardless of what Palestinians say this is not a case of Jews "stealing" land for 38 years, but rather a case of 38 years back in land that they have struggled to return to for 2000 years.
  • Israelis now stand a greater chance of being attacked by terrorists from Gaza than ever before (and we have seen this beginning already).
  • Israel now has no say or control over what happens in Gaza in any regard including policy towards Israel.
Palestinians:
  • I think Israel is passively screwing the Palestinians over by leaving them to their own leaders and Muslim fundamentalists. Not that Israel has the responsibility to entirely correct the Palestinian fundamentalist issue in Gaza but the Palestinian leaders sure aren't going to!
  • There is now even less freedom in Gaza for Palestinians. At least when Israel was there, some Palestinian moderates could speak out without fear of being lynched. Now the militants are in charge.
  • The rule in Gaza is now more tyrannical and one-sided than ever before. It may suck to have tanks in your city but at least it allowed for some range of opposition and difference of opinion in Palestinian society.
  • There will be even more propoganda and Israel will know less about it. More propoganda means less chance for Palestinian children and more Palestinian terrorists.
Please remember that this is my opinion and I have looked at one aspect of one side of the argument. Please post your comments I would love to hear them!!!

2 Comments:

  • You can be proud of what you have wrote here, its great when people dig in the details and gain understanding of the situation rather then simply say 'Israel sucks' or 'All palestinians are torrorists'. If only more people were aware of the difficaulties as you are it would be easier to define the real problems.


    David Aboutbol (Israeli from Toronto)

    By Blogger SoldierOfPeace, at 10:13 PM  

  • You can be proud of what you have wrote here, its great when people dig in the details and gain understanding of the situation rather then simply say 'Israel sucks' or 'All palestinians are torrorists'. If only more people were aware of the difficaulties as you are it would be easier to define the real problems.


    David Aboutbol (Israeli from Toronto)

    By Blogger SoldierOfPeace, at 10:14 PM  

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