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From Inspiration to Despair: A Year of Gaza's Great March of Return


From Inspiration to Despair: A Year of Gaza's Great March of Return

Yara Hawari

Last month, a 14-year-old Palestinian from Gaza, Hasan Shalabi, was fatally shot in the chest by an Israeli sniper. He had been looking for work and food for his family when he became one of dozens of children killed by the Israeli army during the Great March of Return protests.

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Ernst Janning : My counsel would have you believe that we were not aware of the extermination of millions. That we were only aware of the extermination of the hundreds. Does that make us any the less guilty? Maybe we didn’t know the details. But if we didn’t know, it was because we did not want to know.

  • “Judgement at Nuremberg,” 1961


Despair means to be without hope and yet the Palestinian protesters
in Gaza, while living an unlivable life are much like the early Christians who
were, “afflicted in every way, but not crushed” (2 Corinthians 3:8).
And although the United Nations says that Gaza will be “uninhabitable”
by the year 2020, and America’s president gives the Golan Heights to fill the maw
of the Israeli beast with more stolen land, still a Jewish philosopher, Hannah Arendt
describes the world’s deafness to their cries for justice as the “banality of evil;” so those
Palestinians willing to go to the Gaza fence suffering even death to a good cause, bring
judgment and condemnation on a world calling itself Christian.



We at home replicate that situation by holding this country in high esteem while committing war crimes around the world. Doomed bedfellows.



maybe instead of electing a government in Gaza that called for killing or expelling all the Jews, maybe instead of digging terror tunnels and firing rockets in hopes of killing as many Israeli civilians as possible, maybe instead of border protests highlighted by firebombs thrown into Israel, maybe instead of relentlessly trying to demonize Israelis, the Gazans should recognize that this strategy is not working, and maybe they should instead try to make peace with Israelis?
There isn’t much spirit of compromise on the Israeli side either, but anyone truly interested in helping Palestinians (Israelis too for that matter) has to try to develop a spirit of compromise, compromise, on ALL sides, that’s the only way to make progress.



Please look more deeply into the horrible situation over there. Any nice behavior on the part of the Palestinians has been met with continued land grabs and aggressive actions intended to incite the inevitable backlash which they then use to justify more aggression and grab more land. Rinse and repeat



Yea, they tried that whole compromise thing with the nazis too, oddly enough it did not work out too well.
If you can find a native american somewhere, why not ask him what he thinks about compromising with violent invaders.

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Thanks g. for the reply, but I don’t want my moral invective
to spread “doom” to anyone, especially fellow believers.
My intent, in part, was to expose the antichristian hate of
Trump’s 80% followers, those rightwing evangelicals and
“Christian Zionists.”