Which side to support, Palestine or Israel?
Posted on Nov 27 2012 at 09:26:04 AM in Independent
Too much muttering is going on among many Indians about the Palestine Israel conflict. So many photos of dead children, burned houses, crying mothers and many more are circulating on facebook declaring their support for Palestine. Most of it insist or even plead to the Indian government to support Palestine and criticize Israel for its brutal actions. The episode that is taking place now is not at all one sided as most suggest, the Hamas are raining missiles over Israeli towns too but the reason for less or no causalities from the Israeli side is because of its counter missile systems. The Israelis are protecting their citizens while the Hamas are failing in that aspect. More than a dispute for territories, it’s a conflict between two religions and that alone gives both countries this much attention in the international level. If the religious aspect in this matter is the only criterion for a third nation to take a side, then Indiashould side neither, first of all we already have few matter of conflict of our own to worry about and second taking a side in this case will only cause more religious tensions within the country.
I don’t want to explain the details about the conflict and conclude my views, if I do that someone will definitely try to read out favoring in my lines. As far as I am concerned both sides are responsible for the state they are in now because if one takes the religion out of this madness then there won’t be a conflict at all. The question about which side deserve justice, Palestine or Israel is the same as asking which born first, the chicken or the egg, picking one is almost impossible unless a god (or religion) is involved. Now I will come to the main point that made me write this post, why most of my friends and many others are so interested in supporting Palestine, is it really because of the concern for human lives or is it because of one particular religion involved in it. If they say it is for the sake of human lives only, I will call them liars because few years back a brutality much worse than this happened in a small island which lies to the south of our nation, Sri Lanka (26-year military campaign ended in 2009). There was no just in the massacre that took place there and the government that did it is still ruling that country, no slogans or cries were heard from (except from the Tamil people) the now so called humanitarians at that time, is it because it wasn't a religion that was under attack there. I am not pointing fingers at any one at all, some of us do really care about people’s life and wants to put an end to all these inhuman acts but supporting one side won’t do that. Raise banners and shout slogans for peace, not for supporting and promoting more violence. Let’s support the innocent people in both Palestine and Israel who wish to live a normal life like all others.