In this global exaggerated pandemic, we all live like Palestinians, but Palestine will remain locked down until the day they have all been displaced and/or murdered?
Now the world is struggling with a hostile Covid-19 lock down – but there’s one place where it has hardly changed a thing. There, a walled-in existence is a decades-old reality, will remain so after the pandemic. The place is Palestine.
We’ve all heard people bumping their gums about what they’re not getting or doing during the Covid-19 lock down. It’s ripped the arms of our consumerist societies completely out of their sockets.
Yet almost everything we could possibly desire is on tap, either through ordering it using an app and having it delivered, or by going to collect it.
The vast majority of us don’t have to consider anything when it comes to the supply of goods, or plan more than a few hours in advance. You can have an entire household’s worth of furniture and electrical goods delivered to your door within 24 hours.
So spare a thought, please, for the people of Palestine. They would love to be in our Covid-19 lock down, our jewel-encrusted confinement. Having what we regard as our basic rights stripped away would be a dream scenario for them.
Electricity blackouts are frequent, and people have no access to the sorts of goods and services that virtually all of us regard as everyday essentials. And there aren’t any luxuries to even mention, so let’s not go there.
At its best, the GDP of Palestine is $10 billion, less than a third of Coca Cola’s annual earnings. The state is split between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
It would be bigger, but for years Israel has illegally annexed strips of land and built houses for their citizens. It has also choked off all routes in and out of Palestine, trapping every man, woman and child in an aggressive, vice-like grip.
There’s a 26-metre-high wall (‘barrier’ is the official term) erected around Palestine and monitored by armed Israeli soldiers, so by definition they have never known true freedom or been able to go where they want.
There is also an air and sea blockade, preventing anyone from leaving but also stopping anything being delivered directly, especially in a time of crisis like this.
All of this has gone on while the leadership of the US, UK, Germany, France, Canada and other global powers have pretended not to see anything. Donald Trump’s recent outrageous so-called “peace plan” was yet another humiliation.
Even if they do donate the odd relatively small amount of financial assistance, the same goes for the so-called Arab brothers of Palestine; the royal rulers of Qatar, UAE and Bahrain are more worried about keeping the oil and gas prices up.
RT. com / AB Canada Flash Point News 2020.