A new year and the plight of the Palestinian people has not changed much since 1967 with the exception of the loss of land, crops and lives.
The Plight of the Palestinians hits close to home for me….when I was working in the Middle East I worked with a Palestinian named Rafiq, he was my interpreter and friend….when we would go on vacation we would go to his family’s home in Hebron….so I am have been doing my part to help the world understand the plight of the Palestinians in their desire for the nation to return….
As of today the countries that recognize Palestine as a Nation are in green……
Look at the map….notice anything about the countries that do not recognize Palestine?
Last year I was asked to write for a site, Legationes, and my first op-ed was about the state of Palestine…
Israel is building an apartheid wall around the West Bank….
Do you remember the Berlin Wall?
I know the wall is a wall of separation….but why not let it define Palestine from the rest of the region……please just read my Legationes op-ed for further clarification.
But with that intro out of the way I want to talk about the humanitarian crises that the US has gotten involved in recently….
The US has used a humanitarian crisis to start a war…Syria, Iraq and Libya come to mind……
Iraq it was a couple of thousand Yazidis trapped on a mountain top without food , water or shelter and the US used airstrikes to keep ISIS at bay so that aid could make its way to those that needed it….then there is Libya….Qaddafi was poised to use airstrikes against his people who were up in arms and demanding more freedoms….the US used airstrikes to stop the airstrikes and eventually ended the life of Qaddafi
I bring this up because there is a real humanitarian crisis in Gaza……
After the total destruction wrought by Israel in 2014…not much has been done to repair the damage done by massive airstrikes and tank attacks…..
Since 2014 there is no food, fishermen prevented from fishing, water supplies are contaminated or none existent, building material banned by Israel and aid is help up in Israel…..all in all this is a humanitarian crisis.
If the US truly wants to do the humanitarian thing then this would be the perfect spot to practice what they preach.
Here’s my plan……since Gaza borders on Egypt then the US should put together an aid convoy with water, food and building supplies then drive in from Egypt……have the convoy with tanks and armored vehicles accompany the trucks and air cover from Cobras and A-10s. Supplies would be those from aid NGOs…the US would be providing security only.
Unlike most Westerners I do have plans…none of which my country will sign onto….but at least they are plans…..this one is an op-ed that I wrote for an Italian site……
It is 2017….time for the Palestinian people to go global with their pleas and concerns…….the US has deaf ears…..
Another op-ed of mine this one was for Ace News Room……
Source: Palestine–2017 | Ace News Room
The Palestinian people have suffered much in 60 years….time for a realistic plan to end the cycle of violence and bring peace to a troubled land.