Why Gaza is rivaled and reviled by Israel.
As I grope for understanding in these dark times, for reasons not entirely clear to me, I find myself assailed by the Brothers Grimm tale, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I do not aim to pursue a flat analogy that renders Israel the scheming Wicked Queen and the Palestinians, the fair and gentle Snow White. But in a state where facts and fables are rather interlaced (for instance, “Jewish and democratic”), fables can at times illuminate facts.
Israel’s chronic onslaught on Gaza hearkens back to the Queen’s deadly arrogance. Launched after two rounds of massive killing in 2008 and 2012, this most recent Israeli binge (depicted by the powers that be as “Israel’s right to defend itself”–read “its might to defend its occupation”) has, as of this writing [July 31], killed 1,364 Palestinians in 24 days, with 56 Israeli soldiers and 3 civilians joining the body count.
But you may wonder how the fable’s pretense relates. You recall that the Queen cannot bear being rivaled by Snow White’s beauty. I maintain that Israel, “the only democracy (sic) in the Middle East,” cannot tolerate Palestinian political will, self-determination, sovereignty, or even mere presence. Therefore Israel doggedly works to crush Gaza’s freedom, a freedom and persistence of will that keeps Gazans in their homeland despite Israel’s doublespeak-veiled efforts to expunge them.