She Said Her Body Was A TVed Massacre

She said today her body was a TVed massacre and I didn’t quite understand.

Then the pictures came. One by one, they spoke of death and despair and destruction and annihilation. I see blood and infinite sadness, and there’s a scream inside my head.

If this isn’t ethnic cleansing, I don’t know what is.

 

So-called civilized organisations and officials whisper things like ‘right to self-defense’, ‘need to avoid harming civilians’, ‘restrain on both parts’. Mumbling in their ties, their eyes not quite meeting the camera, avoiding the lens shooting through their guilt.

Demonstration in Beirut, photo by Nadine Moawad

 

I look at them. I look at these be-suited gray men and women writing behind their computers a whole bunch of civilized lies, and this resolution asked for, and that agreement called for, and please let us all have some restraint, let us all respect Israel’s right to self-defense. And there’s a scream inside my head.

 

They publish communiques, feeling self-important and useful, the arrogance of their fancy words getting to their despicable heads.

‘Right to self-defense’. ‘Do not harm civilians’.

 

They spend 5 paragraphs counting the numbers of rockets fired from The Strip and the effects they had on the sheltered Israeli populations while they allocate two sentences to the Palestinians victims, for fear of being accused of being biased. They edit and proofread and review and comment and publish. And there’s a scream inside my head.

 

For it to be ‘self-defense’, there would need to be a side attacking the other. And there is. There is the Israeli side occupying, deporting, murdering, oppressing, leaving under siege, slaughtering.

There is resistance. Firing whatever they have because they shall die free until their last breath, because they refuse the death that comes from under the boot of a Tsahal soldier, busy taking pictures and posting them on Instagram. Oddly, it had seemed to me resistance was a right under something called the Geneva Coventions.

 

For it to be ‘self-defense’, there would need to have something called proportionality, something I do not see. For it to be humanitarian law, there would need to be targeting military objectives, and not constant shelling of civil, inhabited areas.

 

For it to be ‘self-defense’, there would need to be some kind of justice, and justice, my friend, has sailed away from the People of Palestine a long time ago.

 

So don’t come to us with your statements and your restraint and your letters talking about ‘self-defense’. Don’t come to us, for we are no fools to your lies.

 

She said today her body was a TVed massacre and I didn’t quite understand.

And now I do.

 

 

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