If you have a television or a phone or a radio or, really, any form of contact with the outside world, then you probably already know what’s happening in the world right now. In the last few days, people have been dropping like flies in Gaza with a death toll that is increasing by the hour and that has reached, at the time of this post, 140 souls most of which are innocent civilians and include children.
Now, I chose to mention the Palestinian side first and chose to emphasize its losses as opposed to Israel’s (which number at 5 unfortunately lost souls) for one reason and one reason alone.
I am not a Hamas supporter. I do not condone the death of any innocent civilians no matter where they come from. I am not against the idea of anyone defending themselves against any kind of threat.
But the reason I exclusively mention Palestine’s losses and not Israeli’s (or not as much) is this: I absolutely refuse to entertain an argument which, through its wording, misrepresents the truth of the historical record.
And that is exactly what happens when people who support Israel in this conflict throw the “both sides” argument at me. And lately, I’ve had a lot of Israel supporters come up out of the woodwork all of a sudden on Instagram and Twitter and just the Internet in general whenever I or anyone I know so much as mentions anything to do with Gaza and the complete travesty going on there.
This has literally happened to me alone a number of times in the last few days and every single time its a variation of the exact same schtick: “Hamas hit us too;” “We have a right to defend ourselves;” “Both sides did damage.”
And, frankly, I’ve grown very tired of rolling out the same answer over and over and over and I’d just like to create a single place to re-route all of those pointless arguments if they do happen to come up again in the near future.
So here is your short and sweet ‘Automated Response to the “Both Sides” Gaza/Israel Non-Argument:’
Saying something along the lines of “Both sides do it” is a very misleading equivalence. When you do that you immediately skew the argument in order to favor Israel and belittle the Palestinian plight. And these numbers will show you why.
You see, Gaza has zero tanks, zero air force, zero navy, zero nuclear weapons, and zero chemical or biological weapons. And, not to mention, ZERO OUTSIDE HELP.
Israel, on the other hand, is monstrously well-equipped in all manner of war artillery and alliance.
Also, the Israeli death count pales in comparison to the Palestinian death count which is unfathomably high. And before you start flinging me with the “its not fair that people are mad at us for not dieing” self-pity bunkum (which has happened), let me tell you why its important to bring up the death count disparity.
Gaza is pretty much a glorified prison camp. Its 1.7 million people cramped into 360 squared kilometers with no way of getting out. So when Israel attacks Gaza so brutally it needs to be recognized because its kind of like sending the US Marines, the 82nd Airborne and the 5th Fleet against some unidentified prison yard bullies. And you cannot legitimize that level of disproportional power and damage just because some bully in the prison camp decided to shout out a few curse words at Israel, the initial imprisoner.
And, hell, those prison yard bullies probably have every right to act out that way. The ILLEGAL Jewish settlers and Israeli forces who live on legally designated Palestinian land terrorize and harm the Palestinian communities who have an actual right to be there on a daily basis. The settlers and occupiers throw garbage at the Palestinians, burn their crops, chase them with guns, and brazenly toss them out of their homes WHICH THE SETTLERS ARE ILLEGALLY OCCUPYING.
That’s like watching The Hulk kicking the crap out of a defenseless critter for decades, and then expect the world to be cool with it when he finally squashes it in the palm of his hand.
So, I’m sorry, but I completely refuse your “both sides are equally at fault” argument. And I couldn’t give a flying dingbat about whether or not you think Israel was really threatened by Hamas. Because I will never take part in perpetuating any false notions that belittle and deny the historical and the present fact that Israel has committed and continues to commit thousands of humanitarian atrocities against the disproportionately weaker Palestinians. And I will not, under any circumstances, let Israel off the hook for committing these purely evil war crimes based on a verbal, impractical, and misleading technicality.
All my love!