THE BRITISH VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

THE BRITISH VOTE FOR PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD

Palestinian Statehood a death a death sentence on the Palestinian dream? On Monday 13th October 2014 British Parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly to support the recognition of a Palestinian State. Unfortunately, they, like many other European leaders, have failed to comprehend the gravity of such a decision. When Palestinians themselves say they want to live under Israeli rule instead of the Palestinian Authority, one knows something is wrong. Sadly their voice has gone unheard in Westminster. “Israel’s occupation is our only protection” is the view expressed by many I know. “If Israel withdraws tonight we’ll be dead by the morning,” said another well-known Palestinian from Bethlehem. “We don’t want the West Bank becoming another Gaza,” said a student from Beit Jala. These concerns are very real for the people who live there. The West has failed to learn lessons from Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and all the other Middle- East theatres it has engaged in. Removing a dictator or, in this case, an occupying force, simply creates a vacuum into which something worse will emerge. It appears no risk assessment has been conducted – merely an emotional response made to a case in which the evidence, if one digs deeper, may not be as credible as first thought. The inconvenient truth is the only difference between the Palestinian West Bank and all the other Arab-Islamic states in the region is the presence of Israel’s Defence Force. It is the only restraining influence preventing an all-out conflict between Fatah and Hamas, or worse. We should not be deceived by their current efforts to demonstrate a fresh alliance; it is a ruse to deceive...
GAZA: BLOCKADED OR IN QUARANTINE?

GAZA: BLOCKADED OR IN QUARANTINE?

Howard Stern: Conflict Negotiator & Co-Founder Emmaus Group For many years, Israel’s opponents have filed endless allegations against its military blockade of Gaza. Rallies, protests and campaigns around the world cite Israel’s military blockade of Gaza as a serious contribution to the suffering of Gaza’s 1.7 million inhabitants. Gaza has been described as an overcrowded open air prison. In actual fact, its population density per square mile is less than the London Borough of Croydon. Whilst people rail against Israel’s so called “blockade,” rarely do they ask why it exists. What happened after Israel withdrew from the territory that mitigated such tight security measures being instituted? The question I raise is this: is Israel blockading Gaza, or is Gaza simply in a form of quarantine? A perfect case study of this is the Cuban Missile crisis of 1962 in which the US was forced to quarantine Cuba to prevent further ingress of ICBM nuclear missiles from Russia. Strong ideological links existed between Fidel Castro’s communist government and the Russians. Russia supported Castro’s regime in much the same way that Iran does with Hamas. Russia supplied Cuba with military hardware just as Iran has to Hamas. Over the past decade alone, numerous vessels have been intercepted in exactly the same way that the US intercepted Russian vessels carrying weapons to Cuba. In March this year, the Klos-C was stopped 930 miles from Israel’s coast carrying 400,000 rounds of ammunition and advanced Syrian M-302 missiles with a payload of 170kg and range of 200km.  InMarch 2011, another Iranian ship was intercepted, the Victoria, carrying 50 tons of Iranian weaponry. In 2009...
THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE DISPUTE: THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE

THE ISRAEL-PALESTINE DISPUTE: THOU SHALT NOT JUDGE

“Thou shalt not judge” Jesus spoke these words during the famous sermon-on-the-mount near Capernaum. He said we should not judge others because as we judge, so we too will be judged. That by the measure we use so it will be used back to us. He questioned why the people so often sought to take the speck from their brother’s eye when there was a plank in their own. When reflecting on these words it’s hard therefore to understand the readiness of many to judge one side or the other in this dispute. If we look at Israel and the Palestinian Authority we can see big mistakes on both sides, and if we’re honest, our own history is not good. Was it not the English who started the slave trade and later “occupied” two thirds of the planet? It was said the sun never set on the British Empire yet our church seemed happy with that! The measure by which we currently judge will be measured back to us on the Day when all will have to give account. Church leaders, who encourage people to engage in partiality, as we know, will be judged more harshly. On Jesus final journey to Jerusalem for Passover we see how the people lay out palm leaves and shouted, “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, the King of Israel.” The people were crying out hosanna (roshanna) meaning free us, save us, you who comes in the name of the Lord, O King of Israel. They recognised Jesus as the King written of by the prophets in the...