Egypt has managed to arrange a ceasefire to the relentless assault on Gaza which has lasted 50 days and killed upwards of 2,200 people, the majority of which have been Palestinian. Residents are reportedly returning to their homes in the hope that this truce will last, yet are we in the west at risk of forgetting the troubles now that we don’t see images on the news every night?
The question of whether Israel is justified in its arguably disproportionate response to Hamas is one which accomplishes little and is extremely divisive. In time history will make a decision as to the state of affairs, but the immediate issue that we are faced with is how to prevent further devastation and deaths in such a volatile area.
There is no denying that Israel is under threat. There is equally no denying that Palestine is oppressed.
…in the hope that this truce will last…
Although some semblance of peace has reached this boiling pot, it is unlikely that this respite will last decades. A meaningful solution must be met that will enable people in both countries to live their lives without fear of rocket attacks. While it is unlikely that a solution will be met easily, is it not worth taking the time to work out a solution that will at least prevent further bloodshed on both sides of the border?
The west has been outraged by the assault on Gaza; social media has enabled more people to see images and voice their concerns than at any other time. This is a prime example of why the internet is such an amazing thing, and why tyrannical and dictatorial governments are determined to limit its availability (We’re looking at you, China.) A generation has been bought in touch with the struggles of Palestine and the position of Israel. Some might say that this is a promising event – if people care then something must be done, right?
…is it not worth taking the time to work out a solution…
The danger is that we will quickly forget the suffering. Who else remembers the internet’s fascination with finding Joseph Kony in 2012? Sadly, that internet activism was short-lived. While there is hope that a similar fate will not befall those who care about the preservation of peace in the Middle East, there is the possibility that the suffering will fade into a distant memory.
What can we, as concerned citizens, do? There are a number of worthwhile petitions that seek to raise awareness of the struggles that have created the tensions that dominate the Middle East, so join in with the social activism. Do not let the fact that newsworthy deaths have stopped flooding our screens stop you. Suffering is always out there, and there is more often than not something that can be done about it.