Over a million and a half impoverished people live in Gaza, a narrow strip of land that has been referred to as the world’s largest open-air prison. Residents of Gaza have few if any legal rights. An Israeli blockade severely restricts imports, almost completely restricts exports, and limits travel in-and-out to such an extent that people have died after being denied the right to travel for medical care. Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere are virtually stateless; refugees in what they consider to be their own land. It is not surprising that many people subjected to these conditions hate the entity that imposed them. Palestinian youths have been known to stand up to heavily armed Israeli troops by hurling stones. It is regrettable, but not surprising, that, when some of them manage to obtain more deadly armaments, they hurl them, also. Israel responds with vastly superior force, but it is hard to see how this cycle can ever reach a conclusion short of genocide of the Palestinian people. Something has to change.
Was last week’s cease-fire negotiation a promising sign for new breakthroughs in the region? Or just an insignificant blip in a long, downward trajectory? Who are the players (such as Hamas, the Palestinian Authority, Likud, the Egyptian Moslem Brotherhood)? What are their goals? Is there any ground for negotiation? What has to happen for a lasting peace in these troubled lands? What can activists, and the international community, do to help bring it about?
Jeff Klein, is a retired machinist and union activist. He worked at GE in Lynn and for the Mass Water Resources Authority on Deer Island, where he was president of his local union for ten years. Since 2003 he has been active with Dorchester People for Peace in opposing US wars abroad and promoting social justice at home. During the past decade he has traveled almost every year to Palestine/Israel and elsewhere in the Middle East, participating in solidarity efforts and promoting freedom for the Palestinians from occupation and racism. He has spoken about the Israel-Palestine conflict in schools, churches, community and peace organizations, mosques, has appeared on local TV and radio, and has published articles and op-ed pieces on US policy, politics and Middle East issues. He lives in Dorchester, MA and has two grown children.
Wed 11/28 “Gaza: No Justice, No Peace?” with Jeff Klein
Wednesday, 11/28/2012 7:00 pm USA Eastern Time
Occupy Boston Radio – OBR.FM
with rebroadcasts the following Monday 10:00 am
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