“Humanitarian” is not, should not be, a contest between sides.
We, Gazans, Palestinians altogether, are all human, and we all deserve the best human lives. Which means, at a minimum, that no one threatens us, never mind, targets us for inhuman treatment.
If the approach not just to this war but to the whole “problem,” was predicated on that basis– that “humanitarian” is not a contest between sides but a global imperative for all immediately involved in this in any way–
EXCLUDING terrorists and their backers–
we would be far in advance of where we are now. “Now” is a sickening contest for recognition and meeting of desperate needs. For us, it is a struggle to have our agony and the untenability of Oct. 6– of continuing under constant, ongoing, activated- when- they- feel- like- it-jihadist- threat– recognized, vs concerted efforts to efface and deny– or excuse, justify, and glorify, the actions of psychopathic barbarians.
I am not hearing an inclusive, applied definition of “humanitarian.”
Not at all.
A definition for that reality– for the one-sidedness of applying the “humanitarian” standard, is:
“so prejudiced, that there is no awareness even that there is prejudice,”
when really, what I say is embarrassingly simple.
When simple things are not seen, there are blinders. Unconscious but very dense blinders. Or, deliberate ones, fun-house mirrors on the outside to distort the vision of others, so that evil which engulfs everyone continues and grows.
When this horror gets treated as a global issue for all except terrorists and their enablers, and not as a contest between human sides, we will get somewhere important.
Whatever it is that takes Israel and its needs out of the “humanitarian” equation, needs urgent attention and correction. First, vision, as in blinders of either kind off.
That is not at the expense of “humanitarian” applied to Gazans and Palestinians altogether.
On the contrary. It is a necessary element to getting anywhere other than the horrible point we are now, to somewhere with hope and a horizon.