Contributed by Hamida Datoo,
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
So I’m sure you’ve all heard the troubles Palestine has been through and are still going through at present. Israel is known as the land of thieves due to the land not being theirs and of Palestine, the war had begun in the mid-20th century.
The reason for this conflict was firstly, cause of not being able to have a peace agreement between one another. The actual population of what is now Israel was 96 percent Muslim and Christian; yet, the refugees are prohibited from getting back to their own homes in the self-described Jewish state. Israel’s real goal has been to destroy the Palestinian resistance, and its infrastructure, and make lives of ordinary Palestinians miserable so that they are forced to move out of their ancestral homes.
Secondly, Israel’s continuous military occupation and confiscation of the private owned land which is in the West Bank, and full control over Gaza, are to the extreme oppressive in every manner, with Palestinians having less control over their lives. The Palestinian borders have been taken over and are handled by the Israelis, men, women and children are taken in Israeli prisons where they are tortured and abused physically. Furthermore, people are strip searched and beaten; women fail to reach hospitals while pregnant due to the Israeli soldiers stopping them. Essentials are stopped from entering Gaza like food and medicine leading to more death day in and day out. Lastly Israeli soldiers invade the Palestine’s lives by injuring them, kidnapping and sometimes even killing them.
Due to these conflicts Gaza is left in ruins and the people have nowhere else to go. Also media being banned from entering Gaza gave Israel an open opportunity to lie but none of what they said was verified. There was this one time where Israel had shown an explosion at a school, suggesting it was the Hamas (Gaza group). But it turns out it was a footage from a few years back which Israel admitted to.
All of this just shows us that Gaza needs our support and all the help we can give out willingly. This can be done by donating into organizations that want to help Gaza and get back Palestine or joining campaigns that support Palestine. The situation is extremely out of hand and seated here helplessly isn’t going to help them at all.