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Gaza Prism

The Color of Data

As with any controversy, the current bombing of Gaza has the potential to act like a prism for ideology. Various sides refract through the event like light through a gem-stone. This post offers a glimpse of a few of the ostensible colors that shine out from the recent violence in and around the Gaza strip.

  • It takes quite a bit of chutzpah to claim that Israel “wants peace” as Israeli fighter jets drop hundreds of tons of bombs on the Gaza Strip, killing hundreds, destroying universities, hospitals, pharmacies, schools, homes, and social welfare offices. Rather than leading to peace, this claim actually only covers up for Israel’s continued violence and intransigence. —Jon the Antizionist Jew from Daily Kos
  • No democratic government in the world would tolerate this. No population would permit it. No army would allow an implacable foe [Hamas] to launch missiles at its citizens and improve its capabilities. —Ron Proser, Israel’s Ambassador to UK, from the Telegraph
  • So what does a promising solution look like to me? . . . the entire context of the conflict must be fundamentally shifted. That means changing public opinion in the Palestinian territories. Hamas didn’t win because Palestinians love violence and war and enjoy living in refugee camps and walking through checkpoints every day. Hamas won a democratic election because they created an extensive social-services network to help the needy independently of the Palestinian government. —Fauza from Feministe
  • Should Palestinians recognize the right of Israel to exist, end terrorism against Jews and nurture a sincere desire to live in peace, they would end their suffering. The solution now is simply in the hands of the Palestinians – not the Israelis. —Jerusalem Post
  • The mystery of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict . . . is why it has persisted for half a century when everybody knows the only workable solution: the withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank and – conclusively – Gaza, the establishment of a viable Palestinian state and, as part of that process, a compromise over the status of Jerusalem . . . What would be a proper imaginative act in the Middle East today? For Israelis and Arabs, it would involve giving up political control of Jerusalem, agreeing that the Old Town should become a city without a state, a place of worship, neither a part of Israel nor of a putative Palestine, administered for the time being by an international force. —Slavoj Zizek from LRB

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