Below are several selected links discussing the conflict. Please feel free to add further links--particularly those which will expand the conversation--and/or your comment:
- http://www.alternet.org/story/116855 (America's hidden role in Hamas's rise to power)
- http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090112/avnery (A memo to Obama on Israel)
- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/08/opinion/08khalidi.html (What you don't know about Gaza)
- http://www.truthout.org/011709X (Israel declares unilateral cease fire in Gaza)
- http://www.truthout.org/011509S (Cease fire, cease siege)
- http://www.truthout.org/011309R (Eyeless in Gaza, hell-bent for Iran)
- http://www.historiansagainstwar.org/gaza09.html (Statement from Historians Against the War Steering Committee0
- http://mail.bellarmine.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc9DN2Oi0-w%26feature=related (Israelis protesting the war in Gaza)
- http://petras.lahaine.org/articulo.php?p=1770&more=1&c=1 (James Petras)
Personally, I side neither with Israel nor Hamas. Instead, I side with Palestinians attempting to carve out a dignified life and Israelis who advocate sanity from their government. While the fundamentalist sects within both Judaism and Islam use different words, their ideologies are symmetrical inasmuch as they seek the devestataion of 'the other'. Both are antidemocratic. Both are dehumanizing. The articulation of religion and nationalism is oppressive to the core and breeds irrationalism.
People of conscience must continue to educate, to help our students, friends, colleagues, etc. mine the gray between both poles of irrationalism, to find other axes/dimensions that foster dialogue, deepened consciousness, and enriched democracy. We must be prepared to resist while simultaneously waiting for and creating the turning points toward something more communal, more humanizing. The struggle in Gaza is connected to the struggle in our schools, the labor struggle, the (endless) wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, ongoing racism and the backlash against immigrants, the fight for justice everywhere. Our opportunity is to make these connections, to cut through the ideologies intended to seperate us, to keep us afraid, and to keep us docile. Our solidarity can be carried out in our classrooms, our community organizations, our families, our unions, etc. Our solidarity can be cemented one act, one voice at a time. Our solidarity can be won through a radical struggle with ourselves which will move us toward the center of resistance wherever it is needed.
I look forward to your comments, links, and feedback.