Saving Gaza Means Saving The World
By: Dan Asmussen
When we look at the world today, there’s no doubt that we face a myriad of problems. Everywhere we look these days we see environmental damage, out of control mining companies, wars, starvation, and poverty.
In our attempts to address these issues, we see no other way, other than to use the pathways that are provided for us by the system. We tend to always adopt a compartmentalized approach and we protest mining companies. We petition our governments. We vote people in and vote people out, but nothing ever seems to change. Perhaps that is because we are not looking at things as a whole, and because we are not looking at them from a more human perspective.
When we do step back and look at things as a whole, it becomes apparent that every single problem we face on this earth is a result of legislation that has been put in place by people who populate the corridors of power in all of the countries around the world. It is these people who have created the situation that the world now faces—and so therefore it becomes apparent that what is needed when dealing with this situation is to take action that can be applied to all of the offending politicians—an action that will bring about a remedy for all mankind across the board.
When one does step back and sees the world as a whole, it becomes clear that there is a situation that can provide an action that can be applied to virtually every politician in the Western world—and that situation is Palestine—more specifically the Gaza Strip.
The Gaza Strip is an area of land twenty five miles long and roughly four and a half miles wide, and has been rightly described by many as the world’s largest open air prison. It is currently home to 2.04 million people, over half of which are children who have been held in a state of collective punishment, and are being forced to live and suffer a life of indescribable poverty and hardship at the hands of one of the most powerful military forces on earth. Gaza Strip constitutes a human rights abuse of massive proportions, and indeed, simple child abuse—as the average age in Gaza Strip is just 17.
As Gaza Strip constitutes collective punishment and unimaginable suffering, its mere existence is a breech of Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention, and is thus a war crime.
This is not a debatable point, it is a fact.
This open war crime has been staring the world in the face since 2007, and has been able to continue solely due to the fact that it has been supported and funded by the hundreds if not thousands of Western politicians who are supporting and funding Israel in its perpetuation of this war crime.
This provides mankind with a very real opportunity to address every problem in one action, because the very existence of Gaza Strip provides mankind with a tool—for it gives us the legal and lawful right to arrest every politician, the heads of every banking institution, every corporate head, and every media institution in the world who has ever funded, supported, or spoken in favor of this open war crime—and not only that, it also gives mankind the moral obligation to do what is right, and to follow it through.
Before October 7th of this year, over 560 Palestinian children were killed in Gaza at the hands of Israeli soldiers. During the last three weeks, over 3,500 children have been killed, which brings the death toll to just under 10,000 Palestinian children killed in Gaza Strip since 2007.
The situation in Gaza has become intolerable while the world sits idly by and does nothing—and the time has come for us to now act—because without intervention by the people of the world, the 2.04 million people confined within the horror that is Gaza Strip simply will not survive.
Since the Israeli military aggression in 2014, there is virtually no usable water left in Gaza. The situation is growing worse by the day, and without people making their voices heard in a way that will make a difference, the people in the Gaza Strip will not be able to hold out much longer.
If your government is supporting or funding the state of Israel, then make no mistake about it—your government is supporting and funding child abuse and war crimes, and is funding the slow genocide of the Palestinian people.
If your government is supporting the state of Israel, I ask each and every one of you reading this to write and to call your local politician, and ask them to please show cause where we should not express a loss of confidence in our government’s ability to govern, and take the necessary steps to not only have them dismissed, but to have them held accountable and prosecuted for their actions under Article 33 of the 4th Geneva Convention. Indeed one could question if they are not prepared to answer, and are not prepared to deal with this situation—then would it not be the right of the people to intervene, and remove them for trial?
The situation in Gaza is not a matter of Palestinian against Israeli, or Muslim against Jew. It is a matter of children being held in prison, and the degree of suffering we see inflicted upon the people in the horror that is Gaza Strip, and the crimes of Israel against the Palestinian people in general, are an affront against all that it means to be human.
“The State of Israel has turned Gaza Strip into a place that is temporarily or permanently impossible to live in,” reservist Major General Giora Eiland told Israeli media. “Creating a severe humanitarian crisis in Gaza is a necessary means to achieve our goal. Gaza will become a place where no human being can exist.”
“Human animals must be treated as such. There will be no electricity and no water, there will only be destruction,” said Major General Ghassan Alian, head of Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT).
These open statements, in the press, on the record, are war crimes.
ISRAEL: WHAT THE MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU
Since October 11, Gaza has experienced a full electricity blackout after Israeli authorities cut the electricity and fuel supply on October 7 and the Gaza Power Plant depleted its reserves, according to UN OCHA.
Under international law, genocide is prohibited and constitutes the deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group, in whole or in part. Genocide can result from killing or by creating conditions of life that are so unbearable it brings about the group’s destruction.
International humanitarian law prohibits indiscriminate and disproportionate attacks and requires all parties to an armed conflict to distinguish between military targets, civilians, and civilian objects. Deploying explosive weapons in densely-populated civilian areas constitutes indiscriminate attacks and carrying out direct attacks against civilians or civilian objects amounts to war crimes.
Israeli authorities have imposed a closure policy against the Gaza Strip since 2007 by strictly controlling and limiting the entry and exit of individuals; maintaining harsh restrictions on imports including food, construction materials, fuel, and other essential items; as well as prohibiting exports. Israel continues to maintain complete control over the Gaza Strip’s borders, airspace, and territorial waters.
These open war crimes against the Palestinians have provided mankind with a golden key to be able to remove all the politicians who are creating the damage that we see in the world today—and it is our right, and it is our duty to address the situation, because if we do not, and we allow the people of Gaza to suffer the fate that now lies before them—if we fail to act and address this issue, then the way of Palestine will be the way of the world …
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