Today there are as many experts in the finer points of international law and the various articles of the UN Charter and the Geneva Conventions as there are computer terminals, ipads, iphones and laptops. On the keyboard in our own homes, local electronic wars replicate the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
After a recent march/rally in Edinburgh – said to be in support of Gaza and Gazans, but judging by the posters and rhetoric probably more of a boycott, disinvestment and sanctions jamboree, and Israel hate fest – the writer of this blog replied to some of the supportive Facebook posts about the day.
The critical mistake of course was to put forward an opposing viewpoint about the conflict, and to question some of the posts. Reference to the over 100,000 deaths in Syria since the start of the civil war there – and over 9,000 child deaths – did not sit well. Nor did the suggestion that the march/rally might have been be better served protesting against the Hamas government of Gaza-Palestine.
One reply to the counter-post questioned why, as a YES-voter in the forthcoming Referendum on Scottish statehood (he had spotted my Facebook YES-pictograph) I did not support the independence of Gaza-Palestine and West-Bank-Palestine. Why he drew that particular conclusion I cannot imagine. It seems that support of Israel equates to not supporting the independence of the various Palestines. He also referred to the views of Alex Salmond (Scottish First Minister) and his support of the Palestinians, and that we should (in effect) speak with the same voice. One couldn’t help thinking that if he wants to live in a state where there is only one viewpoint, perhaps he should go and live in Gaza-Palestine. Hamas certainly managed to get rid of Fatah from Gaza.
The upshot of the exchange in the open forum which is Facebook was that I was deemed a ‘troll’ and a ‘fool’ and a ‘hypocrite’.
Meanwhile, in the real world yet another Arab politician has spoken out against the Hamas government in Gaza City. Prince Turki al-Faisal, the former head of the intelligence services of Saudi Arabia, said that Hamas was responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip. In a recent interview with the London-based pan-Arab newspaper, Asharq Al-Awsat, Faisal said that ‘Hamas is responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip following its bad decisions in the past, and the haughtiness it shows by firing useless rockets at Israel’. These he said, ‘contribute nothing to the Palestinian interest’.