The question of Palestine has always been a hot topic. For many, especially those living in the United States who have been denied the true story about what is going on in the Holy Land, trying to explain to them what illegal occupation is can be foreign. I’ve created this analogy in order to make it as simple as possible for those who need an explanation that they can comprehend. This is the story of John and Jane Doe.
Let’s say John and Jane Doe were a married couple. Let’s say Jane was forced into this marriage against her will by a family that was not even her own. Maybe it was part of a human trafficking situation. Let’s say John was an extremely abusive husband and he did not allow his wife, Jane, much movement outside of the home — and if she did have the opportunity to go anywhere, she needed to get a permission slip from him first, and had to be home at a specific time. Upon her arrival back home she would be grilled on who she saw, what she talked about; her phone would be checked, as well as her purse rummaged through, and a total body check performed.
Let’s say that John would beat Jane when she would attempt to defend herself, and he would lock her up in her room for days, or even months, without allowing her to call her family to let them know she was okay.
Let’s say that if Jane sat on a chair that she made with her own two hands, John would make her get up so he could sit on it; if Jane rested on the bed given to her by her grandmother, John would make her get up so his brother could rest on it instead; and if Jane grew tomatoes in the garden of her mother’s home, John would travel to his in-law’s house, tear out the planted tomatoes or pick the very best of them first and give them to his family members.
Let’s say that Jane would make amazing salsa out of her tomatoes when she was able to get to them first, but John would tell everyone that he made the salsa, and eventually marketed it under his name, selling it to major food supply chains, erasing Jane from the equation. And although this act was fairly small in comparison to all the other terrible things John did to Jane, the action itself was still deplorable because his goal was to make Jane seem insignificant, contributing nothing to society.
Jane finally had enough and decided to resist the inhumane treatment by John, and filed for divorce. While in court, John’s family spoke on his behalf saying, “Jane was promised to John in marriage at birth. It is the will of God for them to be married, and anyone who believes in God’s word should side with John.”
The judge finally spoke: “This conflict between you two has gone on far too long.” He then questioned Jane’s actions when she would defend herself from John’s abuse.
Other than victim blaming, what was the discrepancy in the remark made by the judge?
Is there a “conflict” between the two parties, or is there an aggressive and oppressive relationship with John being the oppressor and Jane as the oppressed?
Do you think Jane is at fault and deserves to be living in such terrible conditions?
Now replace John with Israel and Jane with Palestine.
It’s not a conflict. It’s not even a relationship that was “chosen.” It’s an illegal oppressive occupation. Stop calling it a conflict and call it what it is – inhumane treatment; oppression; illegal occupation; apartheid; a violation of international law; and, ethnic cleansing. Palestinians have been subjected to this since 1948. Stop acting brand new to what’s going on. You’ve had 73 years to do the research.
Do you understand what is happening in Palestine now?
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