Seeking ‘humanity’ in the Gaza truce agreement

By Dr Essam Yousef

Once again, the dust of fruitless political thinking and the “demagoguery” that plagued the Palestinian cause from the very beginning have surfaced to deny Gaza the right to get a fresh start and revert to life, after it was transformed into a body suffering as a result of the suffocating siege imposed for more than 11 years.

Who would believe that a truce agreement between the factions of the resistance in Gaza and the Israeli occupation, regardless of its content, would lift the siege on Gaza or alleviate it, or be met with fierce opposition from certain political parties under the pretext of the so-called “Deal of the Century”, or any plans aimed at separating the Strip from the West Bank?

The “micro” vision, through which they approach the agreement, is overlooking a lot of details about the political and humanitarian scene related to it, in addition to the facts related to the nature of the “geopolitical” aspect and the political aspects of the agreement (under consideration) being based upon the illusion of a sense of sovereignty. However, the situation is reined by the reduction of the mentality of hegemony and the acquisition of the entire Palestinian political spectrum and struggle under different pretexts.

One of the most important overlooked or rather “excluded” aspects is the exceptional humanitarian situation in which Gazans are living and suffering because of the unjust siege that has been ongoing for 11 years. During this period of time Gazans have witnessed the suffering of their children and patients, who have no access to medication, as well as the ongoing frustration and despair among its unemployed  youth, poor, orphans and elderly, who are still holding on to the last strings of life.

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Opponents of the agreement did not pay attention to the sick and hungry people in Gaza. They chose to get involved into the deep but ​​deaf political dialectics, and go on with the path of political conflict and so on, regardless of the Gazans’ deep wounds and their ongoing suffering. As a result, the residents of the Gaza Strip have developed convictions which proved to them that they are destined to pay the exorbitant price and are caught in the spiral of efforts to liquidate their cause powered by internal political calculations, and that their land, although small, is being one used as one of the hotbeds of conflicts between regional and international forces.

There is an internal political discourse that wants the Gazan to blame himself when wishing to live freely just like any other person, without siege or fear from the unknown.

Palestinians search the debris of their houses, which had been destroyed by Israeli airstrikes, for their belongings in Shujaiya, eastern neighborhood of Gaza City, Gaza on October 23, 2014

Gaza has the right to be baffled by the pattern of “heroic” discourse, which undoubtedly includes establishing racial differences among the components of the same population. These people  would suffer when they do not conform to the abnormal political behaviour that has formed an important link in the series of taking the Palestinian issue to the brink. These include goals such as “security coordination with the occupation“, “depriving the prisoners of their financial allocations“, “cutting the salaries of some of Gaza’s employees“, punishing the sector through reprisals and attempting to impose hegemony over the political decision to the point of “isolation”.

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Gaza has been struggling with the rest of its occupied territories, and making sacrifices during difficult years to stay within the struggle of one nation with one countrymen, in order to remain a dam immune to the attempts of the occupier to tear the Palestinian land and separate parts from each other, and prevent the establishment of the Israeli state as well as the denial of Palestinians’ rights to self-determination and the right of the return.

Gaza wanted to express its humanity only and to breathe a sigh of relief after a long siege that did not have mercy on any living or non-living creature. Isn’t it entitled to do so? Why would it not enjoy some aspects of normal life, such as the opening of the crossings, reconstructing what was destroyed during the hard years of the siege, rebuilding infrastructure, establishing desalination stations and electricity networks operating normally to light the homes of Gazans throughout the day without being cut?

The restoration of the normal life of Gaza, within the framework of the truce agreement, is a necessity and a top priority. This does not mean in any way ending its struggle against the occupation and ignoring it in order to build an independent state. Gaza – along with all the components of the Palestinian homeland whether geographical, political or social – is a difficult number in the equation of the Zionist occupation, and is the stumbling block which will always stand in the way of the implementation of its plans.

(Source / 19.05.2018)

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