The suffering of the 2 million plus residents of The Gaza Strip which is seen by some as the largest open-air prison on earth continues unabated because of occupation by the military of the new Jewish state of Israel. The Arab citizens of Israel have now been downgraded to a second-class status under the new laws passed in the Knesset by the majority Jewish members. The suffering of the Jews in Europe under the Nazi occupation seems to be forgotten by those descendants of the victims of the Holocaust. The people who died of neglect and starvation in the Warsaw ghetto in Poland and other detention facilities located in areas under Nazi control were horrific, to say the least.
All commerce by land and sea has been cut because of the practice of the Palestinian protesters sending kites attached with devices to start fires in Israeli crops on the other side of the fences that divide the two people’s that call this land home. This is a means to control others through starvation and degradation of the quality of life in Gaza. Just as in WWII the world ignores the suffering of Palestinian people. No country with any authority especially the United States seems to care. This is evident by the order of the Trump administration to move our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem this year during violent protests at the border.
The Middle East has been an area of turmoil for thousands of years with no end in sight. This shameful behavior by the descendants of those who suffered in the death camps of Hitler is not unusual at all. Man’s inhumanity to man is as old as the Biblical story of Cain and Abel. Will we ever come to a point where we attempt to understand and respect those who we see as “different” not now, not ever because that is who we are and who we will always be as members of the human race.