Gaza um ano depois
Paresh Nath, «The Khaleej Times»
O cessar-fogo pode ter sido conseguido e mantido, mas um ano depois do confronto militar em Gaza a vida no território não melhorou. O bloqueio de Israel tem impedido a reconstrução deste território e os esforços por parte do governo do Egipto em impedir o contrabando por túneis a partir do seu país só têm ajudado a piorar as condições de vida dos palestinianos de Gaza, como escreve Tim McGirk na Time:
One year after Israel launched its three-week offensive in Gaza that killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and damaged or destroyed more than 50,000 homes in a campaign aimed at stopping Hamas rocket fire, the survivors are still living in rubble. And it is not for want of money that thousands of residents of the coastal enclave remain homeless this winter. Moved by the plight of Gaza’s 1.5 million Palestinians who were already reeling from a 2½-year economic siege imposed by Israel with help from Egypt and the U.S. even before Israel’s air-and-ground assault had begun, international donors earlier this year pledged more than $4.5 billion to repair war damages. But that aid has failed to reach Gaza, according to Palestinians and relief agencies who accuse Israel of imposing Kafkaesque rules that bar from entry vital reconstruction materials and items as innocuous as glass, most schoolbooks, honey and family-size tubs of margarine. […]
Emad Hajjaj, «Al-Ghad Newspaper»
E numa época em que muitos celebram o nascimento de um palestiniano – no Think Progress, Zaid Jilani escreve que Belém é uma cidade “sitiada” –, na Newsweek Christopher Dickey pergunta o que faria Jesus em Gaza?
[G]iven that it’s Barack Obama who’s president of the United States, the Jesus question has a relevance today it wouldn’t have had even a year ago. No, Obama is not the messiah. I’m not saying that. But Obama actually uses the word love in a way that Jesus would have understood. So while the question of what Christ might do in today’s Holy Land is hypothetical, the question of what Obama will do is not. And some of his most cherished ideas about peace, love, and understanding could be put to the test Dec. 31 when activists are hoping to stage a massive Gaza Freedom March.
[…] No, I don’t know what Jesus would do, but I know what Obama should do. He can embrace the most important finding of the Goldstone report, which is essentially a call for Israel and Hamas to embrace a process of truth and reconciliation similar to the process that helped to heal the wounds of apartheid. (Thus far, the State Department has been claiming the report is actually an obstacle to peace.) And Obama should use his moral authority, while there’s some left, to open the way for peaceful protest in Gaza, instead of allowing Israel and Egypt to shut it down. When the president visited a Boys and Girls Club in snowy Washington the other day, he told the kids that what the birth of baby Jesus “symbolizes for people all around the world is the possibility of peace and people treating each other with respect.” It’s time Obama worked harder to apply that principle in the part of the world where Baby Jesus was born.
Cardow, «The Ottawa Citizen»