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PostWith Its Attacks on Gaza, Israel is Practicing State Terrorism (Yusuf Kanli, Turkey, 05/19/21 3:25 am)
"The attacks must be stopped," United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was quoted as saying. Is it possible not to be horrified by Israel's attack on Gaza? "We are working on a ceasefire," Guterres reportedly said, adding his candid confession that he was "utterly dismayed" by the developments.
He was indeed reflecting our mood.
Despite the right of every state to protect itself and its people, indiscriminate and even premeditated "revenge" attacks on civilian targets cannot be considered reasonable and explainable under any circumstance.
What's called state terrorism is exactly the way Israel behaves. Reports from Gaza show that nearly 200 people are dead, many of them children and women. Every human being is sacred. For every life lost, one's heart is in pain. And if the murdered person is a child, the pain grows and becomes a fire. Hearts have become a place of fire these days with Israel's brutal, outrageous genocide-inducing massacres on Palestinians.
However, I don't think anyone expected this much. A five-story building, housing as well the offices of international media outlets, was leveled to the ground by an Israeli airstrike. Guterres' statement that he was "appalled" and "deeply disturbed" by the development was conveyed to the international public by a global diplomat of his caliber. Indeed, we all share his remarks.
Accepting Israel's right to protect itself and its people does not in any way to give it the right to commit massacres as it pleases. It is Israel's right to respond to Hamas' attacks. However, with indiscriminate attacks on civilians bordering on mass massacre, the thesis "I defend my country and my citizens" brings itself to the same level as Hamas. This writer fully subscribes to that assertion that these are terrorist acts.
Indeed, with attacks aimed at "destroying" Hamas cells but indiscriminately targeting civilians and even journalists, Israel relegates itself into a level far worse than Hamas. With such indiscriminate attacks demonstrated by the high death toll, Israel is also a terrorist state, attacking civilian targets. Israel should be ashamed.
JE comments: The Gaza crisis will keep us busy today on WAIS. Yusuf, thank you for your thoughts. As a journalist and authority on Middle East diplomacy, can you keep us apprised of the high-level efforts for a ceasefire? Two wealthy Gulf States (UAE, Bahrain) recognized Israel just last year. What are they doing?