This war is not just about stopping missiles and prevent death from missiles. Ceasefire has been done every now and then, dozens of time, but when there is no death by missiles, Israel moves on to kill Palestinians by slow, painful death: blockade of land, sea and air, cutting off supply of food, medicine, electricity and materials for shelter. The biggest hospital in Gaza is still running on equipment that you might thought came out from medical museums. Gaza is trapped, nothing can go in, Gazans are not free to go out. Palestinians has tried to negotiate this with Israel for 40 years to end the blockade and let Palestinians be free to live, trade and travel freely. But after 40 damn years, Israel still won't compromise. How long more can they stand it? Negotiations don't work. Hamas don't attack for no reason, they want Israel to lift the blockage of land, sea and air. They won't stop until they have that basic freedom to live. They want basic health. The definition of health by the WHO is Health is "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". What is the use of another ceasefire, when they know they will still be killed by Israelis by a slow and painful death?
What's with counter-attacking with attacking schools, playground and hospitals? "Targeting the command and control center of Hamas" they say. Is it possible that playgrounds and beaches are a "command and contol centre" of Hamas? Do they hide weapons in sandboxes? In the beach sand? Are little kids playing with their friends in sandboxes a threat to Israel? How about the United Nations school? Do you think the UN would let Hamas hide weapons in their school?
To my international friends who knows me as a humanitarian, you might think it is ironic for me to support Hamas and the Al-Qassam brigade. But I do support them, because their demand to lift off the blockade is for them to live a safe and healthy lives for their people. How would you feel when you are cut off supply from food, medicine and shelter in your own damn country? Hamas has to retaliate because the UN can't do much. Some of you has been with me in Geneva, and you know how the talks go. They come out with resolutions and resolutions, but in the end, the ones who decides to comply or not are the respective governments in the countries themselves. They can talk all they want, but Israel feel that they have no obligation to comply to these resolutions.
It is tiring to write things like this every year, then it dies out when ceasefire is reached, and Palestinians continue to die of inadequate nutrition and healthcare. Supporting Hamas does not contradict with what I do, in fact it is in line with my belief that everybody deserves good health. Not just people in Africa who has to walk miles to fetch water, not just people in South America who live in Shantytowns with holes in their roof, not just people in India who has to travel far to see a doctor. This is Gaza, water supplies are cut off, their roofs are full of holes made by Israeli missiles, and traveling to see a doctor? I'm sorry the hospital has just been bombed