On the first anniversary of The Great Return March and Land Day it’s appropriate to pay tribute to the tens of thousands of non-violent protesters who have been campaigning for what they believe is justice. I respect people who protest by marching, waving flags or even dancing when literally being under attack by tear gas or artillery fire:
So many legal and ethical issues arise out of the Palestine- Israel conflict including:
• Who should control the area where that the west refer to as Israel?
• Is Israel a legitimate state?
• To what extent should a country’s borders be able to change over time? Just because a particular plot of land initially belonged to country A does it mean that that plot should always belong to country A?
• Can an apartheid state ever be legitimate?
• Can a country who routinely murders and injures civilians, medics and journalists ever be legitimate?
• How should prisoners (including child prisoners) be treated?
• Are sanctions that cause so much hardship to civilians ever legitimate?
• What’s the role of arms manufacturers in the conflict?
• What should the UN do when it’s resolutions are ignored?
• What should other countries do to deal with the impact of “Friends of Israel”?
• Why do so many confuse criticism of Israel with being anti-semetic?
• Why is there so little coverage of the way that Palestinians are treated by mainstream media?
• What should be done to combat terrorism?
• To what extent is violent protest justifiable?
• Is BDS legitimate?
These and other issues maybe addressed in a blog on this site at a future date. In the meantime, listen to some Lowkey who was performing at The Ritz, Manchester at the Stampede Festival in July 2018:
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