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 a 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 a litany of right-wing Israeli governments have acheived.

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 the State of Israel has flatly declared it will defend the indefensible.

How sad it is when we only consider those with whom we have a direct genetic kinship as 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 like everything in human history, it is a cycle that is bound to repeat itself until we learn. Or don’t.

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