There’s fuck-all else I can do about it, so I wrote:
Dear Rt. Hon David Miliband MP – Foreign Secretary,
Dear Foreign Secretary:
The slaughter in Gaza must stop.
Britain looked the other way while the Nazis systematically killed the Jews; it now looks the other way as Israel systematically murders Palestinians. Two historical wrongs do not make a right.
“There is no way anyone with a conscience can sit on the fence about this. Not when Israel has killed over 500 people in the Gaza Strip in the last nine days. Not when they’re bombing houses, mosques, cemeteries, markets and government buildings. Not when their fearsome armaments are rolling through the streets of crumpled little island of misery and despair. Not when Israel is blocking humanitarian aid and cheerfully condemning to death hundreds – potentially thousands – of innocent civilians.
There is only one word for this: genocide. Or if you wish to luxuriate in the awfulness of it, two words: ethnic cleansing. Israel is systematically annihilating Gaza’s Arab population as surely as if they were marching them into gas chambers. What does it matter if your family dies beneath a cloud of Zyklon B or is blasted to bits in an airstrike? Either way, your family is dead and the horror and tragedy of it will live as long as anyone has memory.
It sits badly with me that Israel uses the tragedy of the Holocaust as a ‘get out of jail free’ card for its human rights abuses. This is a nation that since its inception has made a practice of state-sponsored terror as retribution. Understandably, there was little objection when the Mossad hunted down Nazi war criminals. However, there is no justification for the West giving Israel carte blanche to murder civilians. ” from http://irresponsibility.wordpress.com
I call upon you to use your authority to demand an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire to allow vital aid to reach Gaza, to evacuate civilians, to help claw back precious human lives from the brink of hell. All I can do is write, speak, complain, protest, and I shall.
You, sir, can act. If you fail to do so the judgement of history will not rest lightly upon your head.
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