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Statement: Some thoughts on the crisis in the Middle East
Quick thoughts on the crisis
As a leader of an organization with members in Israel and Palestine, I thought of clarifying my stance on the issue. I am not an expert on geopolitics or international relations but the words we use to describe what is going on are important.
1. I strongly condemn the terrorist attack on civilians in Israel. There is no justification for such brutality.
2. I stand with the people on both sides of the border. The political forces and organizations supposedly representing the people are trying to settle scores. The suffering of people is a byproduct of their arrogance and convenient ignorance. They want the crisis to linger and ensure that a settlement never really takes place.
3. History did not begin on October 7 and this complex issue needs to be put in the proper perspective.
4. That said, we can’t expect to turn the clock backward and justify the brutality today due to action/inaction of the past.
5. The need of the hour is to stop the violence. Glorifying it in any form or finger-pointing will not lead us anywhere.
6. There are vested interests that want this war to linger. They blur the lines between their own selfish will and the will of the affected people. The actions of a terrorist organization do not mean that the people they supposedly represent endorse it. Similarly, retaliation that amounts to killing innocent Palestinian civilians is not celebrated by the majority of Israeli nationals. People on both sides of the border would prefer peace over this constant fear of attack and counterattack.
7. Israel has the right to defend its citizens. Palestinian nationals deserve human rights.
What can you do about it?
1. Do not celebrate vengeance and violence. Choose your voice carefully. It impacts those around you.
2. Use your voice to call for a peaceful settlement. We can’t bring back those who lost their lives but we can prevent future bloodshed.
3. Don’t confuse any religion or its followers with the fundamentalist organizations supposedly championing its cause.
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