Today’s vigil for Gaza in Glasgow’s George Square was unbelievably well attended. Hundreds came at just 24 hours notice in a remarkable mobilisation.
The strength of feeling amongst people about this is as strong as anything I’ve seen since the Jenin massacre in 2002 – even more so than with Lebanon a couple of years ago.
Yesterday’s terrorist attack on Gaza killed more people than in the Madrid bombings. It killed more people than in Bali. More than in Mumbai. It killed five times as many people than in London.
Everyone at the vigil and most right thinking people condemn any terrorist attack regardless of the perpetrators, regardless of the victims.
The same cannot be said for our world leaders. Too many of them in the West, and the Arab world have double standards. Too many seek to justify the killing of innocents. Some are driven by ideology.
It doesn’t matter what you believe, or if you’re Israeli or Palestinian. You do not kill babies and children.
The Israelis say they are responding to rockets. Some Palestinians are calling for a Third Intifada. Violence met by more violence. Al-Qaeda say they are motivated by Western atrocities. The US say they are in Afghanistan and Iraq because of 9/11.
There is an ‘eye for an eye’ going on and it is making the whole world blind.
Once our anger at this atrocity has subsided we must redouble our efforts to make peace. Israel’s medieval 18 month siege on Gaza must end. The truce between Hamas and Israel said that the siege would end 10 days into it. Six months later the Gazans were still waiting.
For 60 years they were waiting for a state. Now they just wait for bread and electricity.
Posted by Osama Saeed