Un communiqué de Diakonia, ancien partenaire d’Entraide et Fraternité
It is very difficult to think or speak of anything regarding Israel without being reminded of the biblical passages and the injunction to pray for Israel, and to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. And yet we must be able to move beyond the biblical images if we are to fully understand the dynamics of this modern conflict.
The present state of Israel is a secular state created after the Second World War as a home for Jewish refugees from Europe, particularly after the horrors of the Holocaust. It was a means of shifting responsibility for “the Jewish problem” by offering them the opportunity to settle in what was historically the “Promised Land”. The complicating factor here is that many of the Jewish refugees were Caucasians who had lived for centuries in Europe and the United States after the Diaspora, and the “Promised Land” was inhabited by people who were now known as Palestinians. In the efforts to settle the Jews, and to pacify them after the Holocaust, the plight of the Palestinians who would be displaced was neglected. In this, the ground was prepared for the present conflict.
The modern reality is that the secular state of Israel, influenced by nationalist Zionists, has systematically carried out a policy of segregation and degradation of Palestinians that equals the evil of apartheid. Israel has consistently ignored Security Council resolutions condemning its practices – 78 of them, all without sanction because it enjoys the support of Britain and the United States. The battle is a replica of the “David and Goliath” epic, with the roles reversed. Israel is the Goliath, while Palestine is the David. The atrocities are immense, given the imbalance of power.
It is assumed that this is a religious war of Jews vs Muslims. It is not. Palestinians comprise Christian, Jew, Druid and Muslim. It is quite conceivable, given the place of his birth, that Jesus looked more like a modern Palestinian than a Caucasian Jew.
War is abhorrent, and there are atrocities committed by both sides which are horrible, and unforgiveable. Yet, many have come out in support of Palestine in the current Gaza attacks. The reason for this is that human rights abuses cannot be tolerated when they are carried out by one party against another, and particularly when the aggressor is a nation who, of all the nations on earth, should know the evils of oppression and abuse based on ethnicity and nationality.
This is the evil of the current crisis, and the reason many cannot stay silent.