What have the American tax dollars that have been given to Israel bought in the past 30 days? There are now 7 million Palestinian refugees (4.3 million registered with the UNHCR); 85% of Christian Palestinians have fled.
1.5 million Palestinian Israelis live under race-based Apartheid laws (Nazi- and Apartheid-style compulsory race-based ID at all times; race-based marriage prohibition laws; race-based discrimination over property acquisition, property rights, social participation, travel in their own country and family reunion).
4 million Occupied Palestinians are held as prisoners in increasingly abusive conditions in what outstanding Jewish American scholar Professor Noam Chomsky of the 63-Nobel-Laureate MIT describes as a “Prison” (they are held without charge or trial in effectively several major Concentration Camps – Gaza, Samaria and Judaea; their capital city has been stolen and violated together with the Third most Sacred site in Islam).
Post-invasion excess deaths (violent and non-violent avoidable deaths from bombs or bullets or deprivation, respectively; deaths that did not have to happen) now total 0.3 million and post-invasion under-5 infant deaths total 0.2 million.
Annual Occupied Palestinian avoidable under-5 infant deaths total 2,400; annual violent deaths total about 800 (20% children); annual excess deaths total 5,000 – deaths in custody at the hands of a racist, Apartheid regime.
It has cost the American taxpayer about $3 trillion
What did American tax dollars pay for in the occupied Palestine in the last 30 days?
For Israel to maintain the blockade and siege on Gaza.
For Israel to seize $56 million of Palestine’s tax revenue.
For Israel to violate the cease-fire in Gaza on MANY separate occasions.
For Israel to detain 6 fisherman from Gaza.
For Israel to kill 2 unarmed Palestinian youths in West Bank.
For Israel to torture a prisoner to the point of hospitalization.
For Israel to refuse 13 members of European Parliament entry into Gaza.
For Israel to detain at least 127 people across the West Bank. For Israel to steal another 1500 acres of Palestinian land in the West Bank.
For Israel to destroy houses, factories, and health centers all over West Bank.
For Israel to storm Al Aqsa mosque on a daily basis. For Israel to continue to hold 33 members of the Palestinian legislative council in prison.
For Israel to continue to hold 500 prisoners in administration detention without charges or trial.
This is just the obvious ceasefire violations by Israel over the last 30 days. Looking through history the list of Israeli violations are too numerous to list here. Yet, if you ask the general public they will tell you all about the rockets that Gaza fires into Israel. Mainstream media constantly repeats every single time there is a single rocket fired from Gaza, but they remain silent on the human rights violations Israel commits on a daily basis in Palestine.
Recently, the Jerusalem Fund, a non-profit organization based in the United States, began a study of the violence between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza; it has compiled a list of cease-fire violations by the two sides. The main finding is clear: “Palestinian rockets are rare and sporadic, and nearly always occur following Israeli cease-fire violations.” In spite of this apparently obvious fact, diplomats seeking Middle East peace always mention Israel’s “security concerns”; those of the Palestinians are hardly ever aired.
Even before the latest ‘aggression’ by Israel conditions in Gaza have become exceedingly desperate. About one third of Gaza’s arable land and 85 percent of its fishing waters are totally or partially inaccessible due to Israeli military measures, while at least two-thirds of Gazan households lack reliable access to food as a result of the blockade. Last year, the United Nations estimated that Gaza would be “unlivable” by 2020 unless the blockade is lifted. And again last month, UN officials said “Gaza is quickly becoming uninhabitable.
“For the 1.7 million living in the tiny Gaza Strip, life has become increasingly desperate because of Israel’s continuing blockade, backed by Egypt and with no effective challenge from governments around the world. The blockade has brought electricity cuts of 16 hours a day, which means the only street lights visible at night have been those from Israel’s nearby towns. The electricity shortages have severely affected almost all essential services, including health, water, sanitation and schooling.
With waste plants not operating, Palestinian children have been wading through freezing sewage to attend school. The terrible floods in Gaza brought the promise of increased electricity supplies for a few weeks, but the international community must demand that supply is constant and permanent. …It is deplorable for us to allow this continuing collective punishment against Palestinians in Gaza.” Israel’s Gaza Blockade Is To Blame
It cannot be ignored any longer that Israel breaks cease-fires more frequently and with greater devastation than the Palestinians. Given the facts available for all to see, the biggest surprise about all of this is that most people still believe that the Palestinians are the main culprits.
Not only does the U.S. allow this collective punishment, it actively supports it and is in part criminally responsible. But again, that is not part of the narrative Americans hear about.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said last year that the blockade bolsters extremists. “Keeping a large and dense population in unremitting poverty,” he said, “is in nobody’s interest except that of the most extreme radicals in the region.”
The bottom line: any narrative that doesn’t include Israel’s “unremitting” siege of Gaza as part of the reason errant rockets occasionally fly into empty fields in southern Israel is a narrative that is not complete.