First of all, I lament the fact that the voice of the two norwegian doctors who operated on Al Shifa hospital during the Gaza war 2008, weigh more or the same as whole of Gazas’ population. It is wrong, but it is sadly the world we live in today. I would instead like to dedicate my entry to the insightful speech of Dr. Erik Fosse on his seminar “Eyes in Gaza”, which is also the name of the book he has released together with Dr. Mads Gilbert.
This is not a resumé of Erik Fosses’ speech, but rather a reflection on his significant work, not as a doctor, but as a human rights activist. What stroke me most about his speech, was the way he revealed Israeli warfare. He witnessed about bombs who have high accuracy of reaching their aim, which all hit children – my question to Israel is how could this be a part of the war against Hamas? Then he testified about a UN-school where palestinian children and adults had seeked safety (putting faith in the peaceful message of the UN), which was bombed three days after Hamas had shot from the same school. If you have some insight in the high control Israel keeps on Gaza, it seems highly uncertain that Hamas would even stay an hour after shooting in the building. It seems hard to justify.
I have always found it very sad that the jewish state of Israel from the moment it was declared, has acted similarly against palestinian as the nazis acted against the jews. Today palestinian are called cockroachers and “fucking arabs”, in a way of demeaning the palestinians human values in the same way jews have been demeand of their values throughout history. When Erik Fosse reached the Al Shifa hospital the palestinian came to him in astoneshment saying: “You’re not gonna let us die? West cares for us?” I can’t even imagine how agonying it must be to have been trapped in Gaza with bombs raining according to Israels’ weather broadcast. Mustn’t the jewish concentration camp detainees have asked themselves the same, when the ashes of their fellow brothers and sisters rained down on them? The difference is that the jewish holocaust is history, while the palestinian situation is our present. We can’t change history, but we can change what happens now. We owe it to the palestinian to at least acknowledge what they go through, being pieces in a political game beyond our understanding (I have my beliefs, but I can’t claim to have the truth). We owe it to the palestinian to testify about their hardships, as Erik Fosse does, in hope to bring about a change.
The war in Palestine/Israel is a question of human rights and attitudes against one another, peace can only come when palestinian are treated with human rights. After all, the violent opposition from Palestinian are mainly due to the oppression of the Israeli state. If palestinian would be able to enjoy their human rights, I believe they (not that all of them do even today) wouldn’t put their faith in violence, but in their own ability to make a change. Dispair brings violence, hope brings peace.