A war in which humanity is currently being judged (Israel-Gaza War )
On October 7, 2023, the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Hamas launched a brutal attack on Israel, killing more than a thousand people, most of them civilians, and kidnapping more than 200 others. This unprecedented attack has devastated Israel. The Indian National Congress firmly believes that violence has no place in a decent world, and unequivocally condemned the attacks launched by Hamas the following day.
- However, this tragedy(War ) was exacerbated by the random operations carried out by the Israeli army in and around Gaza, which resulted in the killing of thousands of people, including many innocent children, women and men. Israeli state power is now focused on taking revenge on a largely helpless and innocent population. The destructive power of one of the world’s most powerful military arsenals has been unleashed on children, women and men who did not participate in the Hamas attack; On the contrary, most of them have been the subject of decades of discrimination and suffering.
During this war, as it is now described, entire families were wiped out and the surrounding neighborhoods were reduced to rubble. Health facilities are unable to cope with the widespread humanitarian crisis affecting the population. Deprivation of water, food and electricity is nothing more than collective punishment of the Palestinian people. The outside world, especially those who want to help, are largely trapped in Gaza, where relief and aid reach the poor in trickles rather than in the necessary volume. This is not only inhumane, but also violates international law. A small number of Gazans escaped the violence. Confined to a small, densely populated strip, they had nothing to rely on. Now, even the occupied West Bank is burning and the conflict is spreading.
Future prospects are worrying. Senior Israeli officials spoke of the destruction and evacuation of a large part of the Gaza Strip. The Israeli Defense Minister describes the Palestinians as “human animals.” This inhumane language is shocking when it comes from descendants of Holocaust victims. Humanity is currently being tested. We have been collectively degraded by the brutal attacks on Israel. Today, we are all weakened by Israel’s brutal and disproportionate response. How many more lives do we have to live before our collective consciousness wakes up and awakens?
The Israeli government is making a grave mistake when it equates the actions of Hamas with the actions of the Palestinian people. Determined to destroy Hamas, it has brought wanton death and destruction to ordinary people in Gaza. Even if we ignore the Palestinians’ long history of suffering, by what logic can an entire people be responsible for the actions of a few people?
It must be constantly emphasized that the complex problems facing the Palestinians – problems rooted in a turbulent imperial history orchestrated by outside powers – can only be resolved through conversation. It is also important to reiterate that this dialogue must respond to the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people, including the aspirations to establish a sovereign state, which they have been denied for decades, while ensuring the security of Israel.
The world must act
- Voices are rising on both sides to put an end to this madness. Many Israelis, who have lost friends and relatives in terrorist attacks, still believe that dialogue with the Palestinians is the only way forward. Many Palestinians acknowledge that violence will only lead to more suffering and push them away from their dream of a life of dignity, equality and dignity.
It is unfortunate that many influential countries are completely partisan when they should be doing everything they can to end the war. Louder and stronger voices should support a military closure. Otherwise, this cycle will continue and it is unlikely that anyone in the region will be able to live in peace for much longer.
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