Skip to content

from CNN – Commentary: Both sides wrong in Gaza

6 January, 2009
by

By Arsalan Iftikhar

Special to CNN

 

 

I know that my own position on the Gaza/Israel relationship and resulting conflicts tend to produce a lot of hard feelings among both colleagues and friends.  So, I was happy to see that there are others who share my view.  This commentary includes both the Muslem author and a Israeli Journalist.  Neither sides with the actions of their respective,  –  how shall I say it  –  “people.”  Two men who have the courage to look at the on-going problem without a personal bias. 

At the end of his column, the author quotes Gandhi:  

 

“An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”

 


Israeli columnist Gideon Levy bravely tackled the “proportionality” debate recently in Israel’s Haaretz newspaper by writing: “Once again, Israel’s violent responses, even if there is justification for them, exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness, morality, international law and wisdom. … What began in Gaza is a war crime and the foolishness of a country.”
clip
Levy later cogently added, “In its foolishness, Hamas brought this on itself and on its people, but this does not excuse Israel’s overreaction.”      

Similarly, Hamas cannot be forgiven for its part in causing the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Condemning Israel’s military onslaught in Gaza cannot be done with any intellectual honesty without equally condemning the reprehensible provocation by Hamas.

 

 

 

   

Regardless of who’s to blame for the origins of the conflict, shame on both Hamas and Israel for their recent violations of international law that have led to a humanitarian inferno in Gaza and southern Israel.
clip
 Let it be shouted from the rooftops of the world: There is no military solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Simply put, an Israeli life is equal to a Palestinian life (and vice versa). Politics be damned; basic human decency dictates that both sides of this conflict must be condemned for their respective human rights violations.
clip
Simply put, an Israeli life is equal to a Palestinian life (and vice versa). Politics be damned; basic human decency dictates that both sides of this conflict must be condemned for their respective human rights violations.
Editor’s note: Arsalan Iftikhar is an international human rights lawyer, founder of TheMuslimGuy.com and contributing editor for Islamica Magazine in Washington

 

At the end of his column, the author quotes Gandhi:  “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind”  Yesterday, I heard an Israeli woman on the television say she hoped the army would “wipe them [Gazans] out.” Today,  a spokesman for Gaza said Israel’s children were now acceptable targets and a spokesman for Al Quaida called for attacks on Israel and the United States.  A continuous viscious cycle on both sides…and a blind world.  

 

 

read the full commentary here:


Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: