Gaza City

View of Gaza City

View of Gaza City

I have always been fascinated by the Middle East, especially the situation between the Israelis and the Palestinians.  When I was in college I was deeply studying the origins of the conflict, and most intrigued by the political situation that has occured, and especially how that situation gave birth to such a fascinating political and para-military entity known as Hamas.  I was following the news daily in the Spring of 2004, and wrote heavily on the subject.

Today I spent a few hours browsing the web looking at photos of Gaza.  It’s a shame what has happened there recently with the military abuse by the Israelis.  Of course I am not saying that Hamas had any right to kill anyone either.  It just seems too much for retribution, bordering on sadistic.

It is bizarre if you think about the injustice on both sides.  And it seems that people who are both so spiritual, being Hebrew and Muslim, would find a simple way to stop the bloodshed.  But ironically the most extreme elements are in charge in both states, and the extreme elements are the most religious ones.   Religion has the ability to blind people to reality, to inflame the soul against reason, to kill your brothers over such a thing as “land.”  Leave the land alone, who cares, yes it is cruel, but it is even crueler to live like animals fighting over a piece of meat.  When you leave this life, you will not take any land with you – so leave it alone, and don’t fight.

The 2008-2009 Israeli-Gaza War resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 dead and 5,000 wounded Palestinians.  13 Israelis died and over 300 wounded.  It is a tradgedy on both sides, but one cannot be shocked by the brutality of governments so carelessly taking away life for the sake of a tiny strip of land near the sea.

Looking at photographs of Gaza City (pre-war) one cannot help but see the shining light-blue sea, the palm trees.  One can almost sense the brisk air, the scent of the sea.  If one didn’t know any better, it would seem that it was just a small community somewhere in California, where people work and live and enjoy their lives.  One would never have guessed that so much blood has been spilled there, and will probably be spilled for another century.

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~ by alexmalina on February 4, 2009.

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