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Is this the answer to the Gaza crisis, in Europe's view?

Is this the answer to the Gaza crisis, in Europe’s view?

This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page.

The ceasefire did not hold or was allowed to lapse so Israel and Hamas are at it again – asymmetrically. “After the ceasefire before the next ceasefire” is another form of politics. The families of Palestinians who die during this political dueling should be so advised.

As in: “Your loved ones died so we could continue to negotiate the next round of suffering. Thank you for your service to our great cause.”

During the ceasefire several diplomatic initiatives were announced. The United Nations declared it was willing to oversee the building of Gaza once again. That was the carrot.

The UN’s stick? This would be the last time. Which means that if Israel destroys Gaza once again, it will be left as it is.

Should Israel see this as a threat? A threat that forces it to sign on the dotted line?

The European Union’s proposal is more detailed. Reportedly the EU is offering Israel a way out of the Gaza situation by, among other things, opening a route for Gazans to travel and trade through Cyprus.

Cyprus is an intriguing option. It’s Europeans thinking out of their box. Or it’s Europe thinking European-style.

Is Europe trying to solve the Israel-Palestinian impasse through Europe or at least on the border of Europe?

What Gazans want is an open border with Israel and Egypt and a real connected Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital. Perhaps another time.

Think of the difference in power and hope. Germans provide Israel with submarines that are then nuclearized by Israel. The European Union wants to placate Gaza – and Israel – with a sea corridor through the Mediterranean.

I doubt Gazans will travel by nuclear submarines. Perhaps they will travel by wooden boats protected by Viking-era, European Union, warships.

Thinking thusly, my mind wandered to the 1958 movie, The Vikings. Many hope that the Palestinians will come up with their version of Nelson Mandela – the Palestinian Mandela. Perhaps they would be better served looking for a Palestinian Kirk Douglas.

Diversion is the name of the game. The international community wants the slaughter stopped. The international community doesn’t want to do the heavy lifting necessary to accomplish this goal.

One can’t afford to be cynical. There’s way too much suffering. With the international “actors,” however, a little satire might save the day.

Lest Gaza be left in ruins the next time – as it is today.

Marc H. Ellis
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Marc H. Ellis is Professor of History and Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of the Global Prophetic. His latest book is Finding Our Voice: Embodying the Prophetic and Other Misadventures.

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13 Responses

  1. Pixel
    Pixel on August 9, 2014, 11:49 am

    Kirk Douglas (97) is Jewish.

    • Pixel
      Pixel on August 9, 2014, 11:54 am

      I watched The Vikings endlessly when I was a kid.

      “Looking for the Palestinian Einar” is, I think, what you mean.

      • tokyobk
        tokyobk on August 9, 2014, 5:18 pm

        Yes, and its on Youtube in full length. I do think Ellis should explain the point further as many people reading were not even born in ’58.

  2. michelle
    michelle on August 9, 2014, 12:04 pm

    the heavy lifting would be to hold Israel to the law
    the un should supply land surveyors and armed
    to protect the human/property rights and freedoms
    of Palestine people from the euro terrorist Israel
    reestablish the boarders
    reestablish the right to live free
    if Israel was just toward Palestine
    then Israel would have a good neighbor
    G-d Bless

  3. American
    American on August 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

    What Palestines need first is a Elliot Ness in the US to clean out the al.
    Then Palestine will have a chance.

  4. samlebon2306
    samlebon2306 on August 9, 2014, 2:28 pm

    Kirk Douglas is staunch supporter or Israel. Maybe, the Palestinians should look for fairer and just hero, the kind of Saladin.

  5. Atlantaiconoclast
    Atlantaiconoclast on August 9, 2014, 3:46 pm

    I wish more of the progressive community were open to the evidence for Israeli Intelligence’s role in 9/11. This is not to blame “the Jews” for 9/11, but people need to see the evidence for themselves, or else they will keep blaming the “evil Muslims” who they equate with Palestinians. I suggest watching Ryan Dawson’s great, but low budget work, 9/11 and War by Deception: Please watch with an open mind, and do feel free to debunk it if you can. But I don’t think you will be able to do so. At a minimum, Israel knew that 9/11 was going to happen. But there is much more evidence strongly suggesting that it actually helped to bring the towers down and was behind the anthrax attacks. The motive was twofold: get America even more on board with Israel’s “war on terror” and to get the US to invade Iraq, Iran, Syria, etc.

  6. lysias
    lysias on August 9, 2014, 5:04 pm

    The evidence seems to indicate that Israeli intelligence, like Pakistani and Saudi, was a junior partner in bringing about the 9/11 false flag provocation. However, prime responsibility undoubtedly belongs to elements within the U.S. government, if not the U.S. government as a whole. Only those elements could have brought about the subsequent cover up. Only those elements could have caused the stand down of U.S. air defense on 9/11. Only those elements could have prevented following up on the leads various FBI people had prior to 9/11.

    Much the same could be said about the JFK assassination.

    • Jon66
      Jon66 on August 9, 2014, 6:07 pm

      From the comments policy.

      “7. This is not a site to discuss 9/11 theories. This discussion turns into a huge distraction, is not central to the life of the site, and is a drag on the moderators.”

      Just pointing it out.

      BTW- Tony Curtis Jewish also

      • Mooser
        Mooser on August 10, 2014, 12:02 pm

        “BTW- Tony Curtis Jewish also”

        Tony Curtis? The one who dresses up like a woman? In my day we didn’t do such things.

  7. Citizen
    Citizen on August 9, 2014, 9:49 pm

    How about the Young Kirk Douglas: “I am Spartacus, I am Spartacus, I am Spartacus!” I am Palestinian, I am Palestinian, I am Palestinian!

    In his dotage Kirk said he never trusted any goy. Not bad for the rag picker’s son who lived quite well here in USA all his life, eh?

  8. heartbeatt
    heartbeatt on August 10, 2014, 6:43 am

    Israel MUST rebuild Gaza with the money it has received from the US!

    Start by getting the IDF out in the ruins to clear the rubble. Perhaps if they had the chance to work amongst Palestinians they would not seek to exterminate them.

  9. Mike Northern
    Mike Northern on August 10, 2014, 10:47 am

    The Israel’s have learned from South Africa and Mandela. Any potential Palestinian peace maker or leader is murdered. Then there is no one to negotiate with except a puppet.

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