The Holocaust can never be forgotten. An estimated 6 million Jews were killed by Nazi Germany.
After World War II, the Allied victors felt compelled by guilt to grant the Zionist/Jewish wish for a national Jewish state. Because Britain then controlled Palestine, which is where the Zionists felt their state should be, Britain, along with the UN came up with a partition plan to give the Jews a portion of Palestine for their homeland.
Since that time, Britain, Germany and the UN — meaning all developed nations — bear equal responsibility for Palestinian suffering. Israel has had nearly 60 years to do the right thing. It is time for the world to step in and right the wrong it played a big part in creating.
Most Palestinians live with unemployment, depression, poverty and hunger; it has become so bad that child beggars are entering Israel from the supposedly better off West Bank. Children sent by parents who can't afford to feed them, to face the danger of knife point robbery and sexual abuse for a few dollars, tells us just how desperate the situation is in the West Bank — and it's even worse in Gaza.
Here's why: Israel is the occupying nation. With their checkpoints and border restrictions they keep Palestinians from visiting family and friends, which is likely to cause loneliness, hopelessness and depression, from getting to jobs and making exports difficult causing unemployment and poverty. Fear comes from air strikes and arrest operations. And all the above causes and exemplifies Palestinian anger.
The more Israel gets away with, the worse it gets, and the less likely a Palestinian state becomes. Like Israel failing to abide by the 4th Geneva Convention regarding the treatment of civilians by an occupying force. Israel does not regard the Geneva Convention as applying de jure to the West Bank and Gaza strip — yet says that the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment does not apply to the occupied territories because they are covered by the Geneva Convention. That is a clear example of Israel saying we are above international law — and getting away with it.
In the summer war with Lebanon last year Israel used depleted uranium bombs and cluster bombs in civilian areas. Lebanese civilians are still paying for the latter with their lives, and the damage the uranium may have done to the soil, crops and female fertility remains to be seen.