Gaza Strip – An Ignorant View

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.

Just spent the last hour reading about the conflict going on between Hamas and Israeli’s in the Gaza Strip and am still trying to form an opinion, which of course is my goal on “Ignorant View”

This recent “skirmish” stems from the kidnapping and eventual slaying of three Israeli teenagers at the hands of Palestinian militants along with a retaliatory murder of a Palestinian youth in Jerusalem.

Initially Israel sent troops to close off a network of tunnels that have been built, apparently over the last ten years, that smugglers have built to enable items to be illegally brought into and out of Gaza, which Israel claims that are now being used by militants to infiltrate into their country.

Reports from Israel are claiming that over 1600 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza since July 8th that have killed 1 Israeli, yet over 300 Palestinian civilians have been killed by subsequent Israeli airstrikes. Israel has been sending warnings to residents of areas in the city that are going to be under attack that have probably kept the casualty number lower than it could have been.

According to news reports, Hamas militants use civilian buildings to fire their rockets, thereby drawing the return fire to heavily populated areas, as well as convincing people not to evacuate. They refuse to negotiate with Egypt who was trying to orchestrate a cease fire, saying that they will only stop once their demands are met

  1. Easing of blockade on their impoverished territory
  2. Reopening border crossings into Israel and Egypt
  3. Releasing their members currently jailed in West Bank stemming from the murders of the three Israeli teens

My ignorant viewpoint is this, this is not going to end anytime soon. Maybe this skirmish will result in a cease fire, but this is not going to end. It has been going on for thousands of years, one faction against another with new factions seeming to pop up at will. As long as the people in leadership roles care more about their politics or radical views that for innocent people’s lives, this is never going to end.

I could not fathom, and I thank God that my children and family are not living in a war zone, living like this. I am talking about the civilians. The kids. But it is ingrained in them from the day that they are born that this is how other people are and we are raised to hate. Yes, I said WE. It happens in United States, Canada, Mexico, England, Germany, et al. . . . We are raised to hate and as long as that happens, there will never be peace. And I honestly believe that the leaders want it that way.

I read about a protest in Calgary, Alberta that got out of control between Palestinian sympathizers and Israeli sympathizers, what value does that add to anything?

Like I have said, I may be ignorant and naive about things, but am open to learning. Please enlighten me with your views or opinions, look forward to hearing from you.


12 thoughts on “Gaza Strip – An Ignorant View”

  1. i agree with you that they ”want it that way” – i also think that the long sought ”easing of blockade on their impoverished territory” and
    ”Reopening border crossings into Israel and Egypt” is a reasonable demand.It is because this isn’t granted that they NEED tunnels – that’s why they have them.

    1. But they are now supposedly using the tunnels to send assassins or mercenaries into Egypt and Israel. I understand the tunnels too, I have read about them on the southern border of the United States so it is not something new. And I am sure that these were known tunnels before all of this, just seems to me like this is just the latest excuse to fight and the ones that are suffering are the civilians

  2. We are all born to naturally love. Hate is a learned behavior. I am thankful that we don’t live in such an area, however, when I watch the evening news, (I usually try to avoid it), I can’t help but hear similar stories. I’m in NY. Last night 3 teens were shot dead in south Troy. And this morning? 4 more dead teens in a retaliation shooting. We don’t have to stop wars, we don’t have to remove guns from the law abiding citizens, we don’t have to go butting into everyone else’s problems. We have to unlearn hate. It’s as simple as that. Now, the problem is, when you’ve got kids growing up in households filled with it, how do we unlearn it? How do we make them understand that hate isn’t natural? How do we even begin to blanket peace when there is so much hatred?

    1. How to unlearn hate? If we had the answer to that…..wait, I was going to say that people would start listening to us. But would they? Hate and fear seem to keep us from reaching our full potential, don’t they? They become our excuse for not doing something, for not doing the next right thing. If we run out of excuses, then we would have no choice but to get better.

      So how do we get rid of the excuses? I’m working on that every day, by talking about it or writing about it, sometimes learning by Ass-mosis 🙂 Some days are better than others but I have to start with myself, trying to fix others does NOT work very well. All we can do is share our experience, strength and hope with others and maybe they will get something out of it and pass it on to someone else. I do know that ignorance is not the answer, pretending that it isn’t happening is not the answer. I’ll keep looking for the answers if you will 😉

      1. I’ve already made it my mission. I want to promote Peace!! We all bleed red. Why do we feel the need to be better than anyone else? Why the dominance? Why “We’re better and more powerful than you”? That needs to go!!

      2. Why “we’re better and more powerful than you?” Seems to me that this feeling is ingrained in all of us from day one, including within religions, countries, schools. Would love for that to go away, just don’t see it just yet. That is why I want to learn from others and have these conversations. I need to learn and form opinions and stand up for what is right. I can’t change the world, but I might be able to change me and help a few others who could help a few others…and so on…and so on. Like that shampoo commercial, we told two friends and they told two friends and they told two friends…..Today’s post is going to be about the Ferguson MO situation, just more of the same.

      3. Well, it’s funny that you should say that. I have learned to be a better person simply by purging all the negativity in my life and my mind. We (my son and I) don’t hate anyone or anything. When someone says or does something we don’t like, instead of getting angry, we sit and evaluate the bad. Obviously for a person to be so full of hate, they must be hurting. So, I hate to sound corny, but we pray for them. It’s like a love thy neighbor, friend or foe.

      4. Amen! I have been taught that if I have a resentment, to pray for that person for 2 weeks, even if you don’t mean it. Pray for them, that they get everything out of life that I want and at the end of 2 weeks, I guarantee the resentment and the hate will be gone. Corny? No! Prayer is the only thing that has worked in my life and I am happy to find others that feel the same way

      5. I, unfortunately, cannot pray for someone without meaning it. I have to forgive them in my heart and my prayers have to be sincere, otherwise, I feel like I’m just wasting time… going through the motions. I don’t want my son to grow up knowing hate. It’s totally unnecessary, when peace is such a much nicer resolution. I don’t want him to be a little peace child loving everyone while they’re spitting in his face, but I want him to know the difference between what it feels like to hate versus what it feels like to forgive and pray. He has done it all on his own and fully admits peace is the way to go. Unfortunately, we live in a society where there are a group of kids who bully him at school, so he has spent the summer in karate, and knows he can physically defend himself if need be. BUT, he also knows better than to go looking for trouble.

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