#793

fishface
Participant

I think that criticism on this is ok, without it having any Anti-Semitic overtones.

I do have some points to make though.

1. I don’t think we as outside observers can really understand why the troops open fire unless we’re standing there on their side.

2. Having said that, this whole situation was known about, the protest was “advertised” in advance. Is bullets the only way this could have been contained. Surely the brilliant minds in Israel could come up with a better method of stopping a riotous crowd from getting across the border, especially when you know in advance that it’s going to happen.

3. I don’t understand why you would put yourself in the front of a protest like that knowing you would be likely to get shot. I’ve not looked at dommy’s link yet but I doubt that really explains it. Saying life and death are the same is a bit of a platitude. I really think (and I am of course generalising) that we in the West just don’t understand the Arab/Muslim mindset when it comes to life and death. It’s not that life doesn’t matter, I think it’s that they believe that death is just a transition rather than THE end, and this affects their whole attitude to everything.

As for the question of moving the embassy to Jerusalem, that was merely a catalyst and I don’t think it of itself is that important. All the main players (Trump, Israeli government, Hamas) knew what was likely to happen but they chose to act in the predicted way which made this avoidable loss of life inevitable.

When I first heard that it had kicked off, my first thought was, oh shit, here we go again. I have no hope of peace happening in this generation.