Jan 04 2008
Cupe BC’s latest version of The Wall Must Fall: End the Occupation and Violence In Israel-Palestine is out. Clearly, our local union has taken the position that the people of a democracy under existential threat ought not to have the right to protect its own citizens from suicide bombs (since Israel’s security wall does nothing to protect Israeli citizens from a constant barrage of missile attacks from Gaza).
All of the wall’s critics somehow fail to notice the public reason why it was set up in the first place: to prevent terrorists from entering Israeli territory and blowing up crowded markets and discos. In the security wall’s stated purpose, it has been quite effective. The wall is not a permanent or perfect solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but a simple tactic used to stop fanatics from killing people.
Of course, there are critics of the wall will point to it as a symbol of racist oppression, pure and simple. Taking it just a little bit further, others like BC blogger Engaged Spectator casually compare the Palestinian territory of Gaza to a Nazi concentration camp.
For those who sincerely care about this topic and would like more information, the following Youtube clips ought to illustrate it well enough.
A Nazi Concentration Camp (1945)
Current conditions in the Gaza strip (2008)
Really, really, not the same thing.