Support For South Africa
From by Jagjit Singh, Los Altos, CA
I am writing to express my support for South Africa’s recent contention that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian people, particularly in Gaza. As a concerned citizen, I believe it is essential to address the impact of our tax dollars, which have contributed to bombings resulting in the tragic deaths and injuries of children in what UNICEF identifies as the world’s most dangerous place for children.
I argue against the notion that the Israeli military faces a binary choice of either leveling Gaza or doing nothing. Drawing a parallel with historical events, I question the double standard applied to Israel’s actions compared to the military actions of other nations, including the United States in Hiroshima and Dresden.
Furthermore, I highlight the potential strategic consequences of large-scale civilian casualties, as suggested by Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. I emphasize the imperfect record of wars achieving their aims, citing examples such as Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon.
The ongoing conflict poses a significant risk of escalation and broader regional crises, making it crucial to prioritize negotiation and dialogue over military actions. I also express concern over the potential for a conflagration involving Israel, Lebanon, an uprising in the West Bank, or even a war with Iran.
In light of the current situation, I commend South Africa’s initiative to bring Israel to trial for genocide before the International Court of Justice. The historic moment calls for accountability for the decades-long imposition of a settler-colonial and apartheid regime against the Palestinian people.
South Africa’s call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, including the cessation of bombings and the lifting of the blockade, is a necessary step to address the humanitarian crisis. The provisional measures they seek, such as stopping actions leading to the deaths, destruction of homes, expulsion, displacement, and the blockade on essential resources, are critical for the well-being and survival of the Palestinian population.
It is my hope that international efforts, including the proceedings at the International Court of Justice, will bring about a resolution that prioritizes peace, justice, and the protection of innocent lives in the region.
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