The Israeli-Palestinian war has been going on for decades. The war was back on the world agenda on October 7, after Hamas attacked Israel. Israel’s response to Hamas’ actions has been and continues to be very harsh. The Western world, in particular, states that Israel has the right to “self-defense” and that they stand by Israel until the end. But are Israel’s attacks on Gaza really a consequence of Hamas’ attacks? To answer this question, we need to look at a bit of history. If the displacement of millions of people in Gaza today, the cutting off of electricity and water, the bombing of hospitals, schools, ambulances, refugee camps, homes, the killing of children, women, the elderly, the sick, the murder of people, the building of new Jewish settlements in the West Bank where Palestinians were forced out, the violent prevention of Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque by soldiers and police, were the result of Hamas’ actions, what was the cause of the innocent people killed in 2008, 2014, 2021?
Israel’s construction of settlements in violation of the UN Resolutions, its attitude contrary to the Oslo process, its failure to implement the 1948 and 1967 Conventions, in other words, its total disregard for international law, is nothing new. Moreover, the state of Israel violates international law not only because it does not respect UN Resolutions, does not operate the peace process, and does not abide by the 1967 Convention. It also violates international law by committing war crimes, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide. Indeed, the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide’s definition of ‘genocide’ as “the intent to exterminate all or part of a distinct human community on account of nationality, race, ethnic origin or religion” is an intent held by the State of Israel. Likewise, “killing members of the community”, “causing serious physical and mental harm to members of the community”, “knowingly subjecting members of the community to conditions of life that would lead, in whole or in part, to their physical destruction”, all of which are also in the Convention, have been and are repeatedly practiced by the state of Israel against the Palestinians.
Of course, we know very well that international law can be bent for Palestine, for Bosnia, for East Turkistan, for Somalia, for Iraq, for Afghanistan. The US and the UK send aircraft carriers and countless ammunition to Israel and declare full support from the most authoritative mouths because an organization has launched various attacks on Israel. US President Joe Biden meets with Benjamin Netanyahu and tells him about the tragedy of the Israelis and makes a statement like “it seems that the other team carried out the hospital attack”. And where are these “defenders of international law” while Gaza is being destroyed?
One of Joe Biden’s remarks was that October 7 was a trauma fifteen times the size of 9/11. Consciously and unconsciously, the public opinion in many countries, especially in Israel and the US, has adopted the discourse of “Israel’s 9/11”. Was October 7 really Israel’s 9/11? Who benefits from this discourse? What dangers does it carry?