The European Union today criticised Israel for “the disproportionate use of force” in Lebanon “in response to attacks by Hezbollah on Israel,” according to a statement issued by the current Finnish presidency. It said that “the imposition of an air and sea blockade on Lebanon cannot be justified.”
UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett stated: “While Israel is entitled to do what is required to protect its security, it should do so in a way which does not escalate the situation and which is proportionate and measured, conforms to international law, and avoids civilian deaths and suffering,” she said. New York Times July 13, 2006.
It is not surprising that no U.S. Senator or member of the House of Representatives have condemned Israeli barbarism. Its destruction of two countries for three soldiers legally captured on the battlefield. Israel, like the U.S., is a nation of hatred, of vicious, brutal arrogance with its nuclear weapons and superior firepower. It is devastating millions of innocents because of its racism. The State of Israel believes Jews are superior to Muslims. The state religion is Jewish. It is not a democracy but a theocracy with significant gaps in civil liberties and civil rights between Israeli Jews and non-Jews; modern democracies do not have official religions. Why is this acceptable or beyond criticism in this country? Many religious groups have experienced exploitation and pogroms and persecution as the Jews without establishing a separate homeland that proved to be so disruptive and violative of the rights of an indigenus population–the Palestinians. Their rights and history need to be understood as well.
Israel has the right to its sovereignty and its security. Yet lessons must be learned that self-defence must be balanced with the need for toleration and respect for other cultures. Continuous war for Americans and Israelis have diminished that capacity due to the moral bankruptcy of warrior states and a paranoid style of external affairs. Where is Senator Kerry or Clinton or McCain giving a press conference condemning this carnage? Where is the president at this moment? This opportunity to begin the end of the war against Islam is being wasted as we turn a Judeo-Christian deaf ear to this horror. Who in this government of money laundering, militarisation and arrogance has the decency to stop this slaughter of innocent Palestinians and Lebanese? Who has the courage in America to stand up to Israel? Our failure to do so, was in some measure I believe, the cause of September 11. Our failure to do so will continue to alienate a generation of Muslims who see us for what we are: A ruthless supporter of a nation that has occupied land, bombed hospitals, cut off water supply, bombed civilians, threatened to invade and bomb Syria and Iran for three soldiers. This is the true face of America and Israel.
The security of Israel cannot be gained through force of arms. Only through land for peace and a recognition that the Arab Nation, while not perfect and certainly not "western" in its views of gender equality, is entitled to land, reparations, and repatriation. The State of Israel led to the displacement of 100,000s of Arabs who had lived there for generations. This was not an empty wilderness, a isolated island but the establishment of a foreign state, using scriptural writings as its land claim, in the MIDDLE of Palestine.