Gaza is a humanitarian disaster. Should Israelis and others feel bad for them?
On the one hand, I don’t feel good about the question at all. How could we not feel for any human in (serious) pain? On the other hand, how can we be soft-hearted with people who elected a government that tries to kill all neighboring Jews even more than giving themselves a good life – a people that hates us more than it loves itself? (I know that the junta in Gaza oppresses the people, but, just like Hitler, in the first place it was democratically elected and in the second place, opinion polls there reveal that the population greatly supports the goal of genocide of the Jews in Israel.) And then, how full of self-hate must we be to overlook hate against ourselves? But then, is that not what Jews should do anyway?
In any case, Israelis are collectively proud of our military and health system aiding Syrian victims of the civil war there. This is similar to our health system completely not distinguishing between Arabs and Jews. (Unfortunately, Arabs need to do better than Jews to make it as a doctor, but this is as regrettable as true in every country for women, transgenders and everyone else as far as they don’t belong to the privileged groups of those societies.) Of course, this eagerness and pride to help civilians of enemy countries is hard to reconcile with the idea that Israelis are monsters. It does say something about the Israeli mindset – to help without asking ourselves if these victims would ever help us when needed.
Helping innocent people is not a question for simple nice people. I hope you’re a nice person, but if you’re also simple, may I try to cure you from that condition by presenting you the following three stories. Do they resemble some of the situation in Gaza?
1. A good husband, excellent father and exemplary employee commits mass murder. He’s caught, brought to trial and convicted. His wife, children en employer suffer tremendously from missing him while they are completely innocent. How can a just judicial system hurt the innocent?
2. After WW II, Germany cities lied in ruins. Many people had died and been killed. Should we feel bad for the Germans? Well, they did vote Hitler into power. They hardly protested the humiliation, criminalization, removal and murder of their Jews. Many had just been bystanders, but who says that that makes them innocent? Many of them had cooperated with, perpetrated and profited from crimes against humanity. Some 50 million people died in WW II. Should we feel for the misfortune of the citizens of the nation who started all this?
3. Should we feel bad for a suicide bomber? He sets out to murder. But often he’s just a kid, brainwashed into hatred. I feel bad for someone who does not only waste his life in silliness but even in wickedness.
The people in Gaza did vote for Hamas. They are now oppressed by its hatred against women, homosexuals and independent thinkers. But they also still hate Israel more than they love their own children. The economic blockade of Gaza would not exist if they had not set their mind on genocide of the Jews or if they had repented.
This is my take:
- They, as so many Arabs, caused their own misfortune by fighting the Jews and losing.
- As long as they have not repented their stand, their self-inflicted suffering will continue.
- I feel bad for people wasting their life in hate and suffering, even when self-inflicted.
- That cannot mean that we should give them relief by letting them kill us.
- Most power players that permit their continued silliness to fight us are not from this region. They are the real villains. Jew-hating powerful and simple people.
- Most Arab countries do not care about Gazans. Most Israelis have no pleasure in seeing them suffer. But how to help them is not simple. It’s hard to give a mean dog a good life. Gazans are not dogs, but they are mean for us – so far. They play the victim, but in fact they are the villains. They’d better start praying for the right stuff, because I see no solution for them presently.
- The crisis in Gaza is self-inflicted and it seems that only Gazans may change their fate. If one Nation (Germans) did it, everyone can.