First circulated: 2010/06/17
Throughout the world, calls have been intensifying – especially after the Israeli murderous attacks on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in international waters – to lift the Israeli illegal and immoral blockade over Gaza. In response, Israeli leaders are coming up with responses that they hope will fool the world. We now hear of the Israeli cabinet voting for “easing” the blockade. Other reports talk about measures to “liberalize” the blockade. The blockade itself is now been divided into three blockades; land blockade, air blockade, and sea blockade. Some Israeli politicians are asking their government to re-evaluate the wisdom of the land blockade while refusing to consider any discussion about the sea blockade.
Some people are calling for coriander, in addition to cinnamon, to be allowed to enter Gaza; others are questioning why chocolate bars are not allowed; many are wondering why is pasta considered something that would help terrorism; and a few are wondering what the fuss is all about since the tunnels bring anything that Gaza needs.
These discussions, proposals, demands, arguments, calls, initiatives, compromises, and questions fit perfectly the saying that “the devil is in the details.” Indeed, the devil is there, misguiding people into focusing on details of a verb here or an adjective there as they completely lose sight of the real issue before them; the Israeli illegal and immoral blockade over one and a half million Palestinians in Gaza. Any attempt to propose anything less than total lifting of the blockade aims to lend legitimacy to it. That is the devil that lies in those details.
We must call for the Israeli blockade over Gaza to be lifted; not eased, not liberalized, not divided into several blockades to be negotiated, discussed, evaluated, or reconsidered; one blockade at a time – Lift the Israeli blockade over Gaza (period).
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