Is Palestinian blood ‘cheap’?

The accusation from Galloway was as sordid as ever, blood is cheap in Palestine and that the media will ignore the terrible terror which ended Baby Ali’s life in a fireball of hate and racism. Of course the accusations are nothing new, and many of those from Galloway’s corner expect universal coverage of everything in Palestine for it to be deemed ‘good reporting’. One would hope the firebombing and murder of an innocent child is out of the ordinary, and it has rightly sparked outrage in Israel. It has also led to major news stories covered on the BBC, the Daily Mail, and other news outlets. Yes, there are other news stories alongside this one, however that is the nature of the news. Galloway’s comments don’t seem to speak to the reality of the issue at hand.

Of course it’s a bit rich for Galloway to really complain about the media being blase with Arab lives, after-all this is Galloway’s specialty. That is what makes his apparent popularity within minority communities ever so sickening, he is happy to trade away people’s lives abroad in order to garnish enough support for a seat in Parliament, or just to get up on his soapbox and pronounce another thug or criminal as a statesman, or to pronounce someone’s indefatigability. He’s done it with Saddam Hussein, Bashar- Al Assad, and Hezbollah. That’s the same Hezbollah who’s Lebanese government practice what is essentially an apartheid system on Palestinians, but of course old George doesn’t bother to deal with facts. In the case of Bashar Al-Assad he essentially denied the fact that the Syrian government tortured, arrested people without trial, and abused human rights like many other authoritarian states. This abuse was more widely recognised as the civil war erupted four years ago after civil demonstrations which demanded a more democratic and accountable government. The sad truth is Galloway should look in the mirror before arguing that some view other people’s blood as ‘cheap’.

I don’t believe any blood is ‘cheap’, and that any single human life is as valuable as another. When one is talking about the Palestinian problem, we have to accept there are no easy solutions. There isn’t a Palestinian political faction which is ready and waiting to take over the land which is currently contested. At least there is no political faction which can command the territory which has a clean bill of health. The Amnesty report  which highlights the conduct of Hamas during the 2014 conflict makes for grim reading. The list of charges against the group ranges from war crimes to summary executions of the native populace. The question of can there be an independent Palestine without Hamas is a good one, however even Fatah’s human rights record hardly inspire confidence. In reality what an independent Palestinian state would constitute at the moment would be a terrorist haven on Israel’s border.

There have been ideas about Israel being extended and Palestinians given full rights, and even reparations. This idea has not been warmly received outside academic circles, it could be that too much blood has been spilt for any kind of amicable arrangement to come about.Both sides have rejected overtures and offerings of peace in the past, and both have committed war crimes against one another. I reject the argument that whom kills the more civilians is the worst that some on the left tend to use to the detriment of their case. If you’re firing rockets indiscriminately,and using suicide attacks aimed at civilian targets then the intent is all too clear.

There is much competition for media air time as well when it comes to disasters. The Syrian conflict, the Yemeni conflict, the Sudan conflict, are just three wars which all deserve extensive coverage because of the human cost,and the political dimensions to each of these specific wars. Does this mean we think blood is cheap in Africa, or the Middle East? Or is it the case that not everyone can cover everything everywhere? I tend to think it’s far more likely the latter. It’s the world in which we live where even disasters aren’t covered appropriately on the news. If Galloway wants to set up a new channel himself to cover all of this then no-one is stopping him, except i think it is time he steps off the soapbox and stops embarrassing himself any further.

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