From Wiesenthal to Gaza

Well into his old age, a man continued his quest for justice against those who had committed war crimes. That man was Simon Wiesenthal, a famed Nazi Hunter who caught Eichman and many other mass murderers…

In many ways, his untiring soul remains a beacon for those who support the idea of striving for justice against the odds, holding on to that spluttering flame that may die out at any moment.

Why do I mention Wiesenthal?

I do so in order to point out a terrible irony that lies at the heart of what Israel has become.

Let me repeat words that were stated by one called Ehud Olmert:

“The commanders and soldiers that were sent on the task in Gaza should know that they are safe from any tribunal and that the State of Israel will assist them in this issue and protect them as they protected us with their bodies during the military operation in Gaza”.

Many nations, organisations and individuals have sworn to bring those guilty of war crimes to, as in Simon Wiesenthal’s own words, face “justice, not vengeance”, and yet Israel has flatly declared it will defend the indefensible.

How sad it is when we only see those we have a direct genetic kinship with as people and anyone else as sub-human.

I believe in justice and I hope, one day, it will be served to the oppressed of the world despite the power and the guns and the bullets and the rockets and the lies and the deceit and the politics of those who say they believe in peace. That day is coming soon, but I fear that as everything in human history, it is a cycle that will repeat itself until nothing exists.

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