Part 194- Israel-Hamas War: What are we not seeing?

Part 194- Israel-Hamas War: What are we not seeing?

It sounds like a conspiracy theory, but is it really? The entire world is occupied with the Israel-Hamas war, drawing attention away from the topics we’d normally be conversing over. But why is this so? Is there a possibility that someone wants us to stay away from something? But what is this something? And who is this someone? It may not even be true at all, but it seems rather strange that as soon as the war came into view, everyone has been turning away from other topics they’d normally never forget about. So let’s talk about these topic people are forgetting, and let’s talk about the war itself. Has this war always been a result of two groups or where there other factors into play, and have we possibly seen these factors before as well? Let’s find out.

Israel- Hamas War Brief Overview:

The Israel-Hamas War is part of the Israel-Palestine Conflict, and is one of the longest continuing conflicts. The main aspects of this is between Jews and Arabs as each were focused towards attaining sovereignty for their people in the Middle East. Declarations to see a Jewish homeland established in Palestine, even by the British, was met with opposition by the already present Arab majority living there. Tensions grew as the number of Jews arriving increased, leading to the UN adopting Resolution 181- the Partition Plan. This called for the division of the ‘British Mandate of Palestine’ into Arab and Jewish states. Not long after, the first Arab-Israeli War began and resulted in the territory being divided into 3 parts: the State of Israel, the West Bank (of the Jordan River), and the Gaza Strip. Over the years, tensions have continued to rise in the region, eventually leading to the Israel- Hamas war seen today. 1

Analysis & Connections

Upon doing my research, I found something really, I guess you could say, interesting about all this. And, before I begin, let me say that there could be more to the story than I’ve read or heard or even that is out on the internet. This is my analysis based now what I’ve read and found out.

I’d like to say that I find it ridiculous how Europe likes to take everyone’s problems and make it their own in some way. Their idea of involvement and including people is by getting into their business when it’s not needed, and trying to ‘fix’ it which eventually ends up making it worse, setting up a series of events that lead to some conflict where they feel the need to ‘help’ once again all while saying the others are ‘problematic’ or do not know what to do. Or even, they just create a major problem. It’s just a common pattern I’ve noticed in many historical aspects over the years. Let me give a few examples.

  • Berlin Conference of 1884
    • Rwanda Genocide
  • India and Pakistan
  • Aboriginals and Native Americans

And even the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Berlin Conference was a meeting of the major European powers where they negotiated and formalized claims to territory in Africa. It was to set up international rules for making claims to African land and maintain a strategic distance from strife between European powers. If you look at the map of Africa, you can see there are far more straight lines than irregular ones we usually see with other countries.

Comparing the two images above, we can see where former European countries occupied and how those make up countries today. Furthermore, we can see how there are countries in other countries. This is a part of how European countries wanted resources, such as rivers, to themselves, and created new areas surrounding that resource. These later became countries and created the country-in-country area we see today.

There was no African role in this mapping, as the Europeans did not include them in this, and this led to division in African. Division of ethnicities causing for conflict between the same people. Brothers against brothers, so to say. There were even conflicts started BY the Europeans, which lead to major conflicts we saw later on. One is the Rwanda genocide.

This is taken from a book by a Rwanda refugee- Clementine Wamariya- called The Girl Who Smiled Beads. In this, there is a section where she describes the conflict and its origins. She says,

”Almost eighty years before the genocide, the Belgians colonized Rwanda and infected the country with their cruel, bogus science of eugenics. Before that, Rwandans lived together in relative peace. Then the Belgians racialized the country. They measured people’s noses and skulls. They created and consulted pigmentation charts, dividing the citizens into Tutsis, Hutus, and Twas…Then, the three ethnicities established, the Belgians issued identity cards. Next they created social policy and propaganda campaigns designed to cause the races to antagonize each other, channeling Rwanda citizens’ hatred onto one another and away from them…Ten lives, and UN peacekeepers left Rwanda. The international community left Rwanda. What was going on in the country was too ghastly, too crude, too dangerous. All those countries that ended World War II by saying never again turned their backs. We Africans could kill each other if we wanted. We were not anybody else’s problem.”

The way there was peace between Rwandans initially, later turned into conflict amongst themselves as the Belgians divided and turned them against each other shows how European involvement caused this problem.

Another I want to talk about is India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan, along with a few other countries were one before British rule. At that time there was unison between Hindus and Muslims, but when split, there were problems. Brutal killings, riots, conflicts, and so many things through this division. What once was one became two, to a point where the hatred between the two is unchangeable.

Even with European influence on natives. The Native Americans with various different cultures, languages, territories, ways of living have been pushed from their own land, when they were the ones who offered a hand of friendship at first. These Native Americans who only wanted peace and showed signs of hostility when they were attacked and killed. These Native Americans who were here first, far longer than any other explorer who came to the Americas. These Native Americans who had their land taken away from them despite agreements to prevent this. These natives who witnessed their food sources and rivers die away, their homes torn apart and culture reduced, and used as labor for the benefit of others. While Americans celebrate Thanksgiving happily with good food and family sharing good memories, these natives are reminded of the terrible acts that ensued after an act of friendship. With the Aboriginals in Australia, while early relations were friendly and Indigenous rights were respected, the greed for land and resources by more European settlers ended this, leading to devastating results. The numbers of the Indigenous Australians were reduced by as much as 90% between 1788 and 1900. The introduction of foreign diseases by the colonists, the loss of their traditional territory that had once sustained the Indigenous peoples for thousands of years, and the violent conflicts with the colonists all changed the lives of the Indigenous.2

And we even see it here, with the Israel-Hamas war. The conflict that escalated between these two groups began with European involvement. In fact, much before the British Mandate, the Jews and Arabs lived in some peace together. The Jews were a minority, and were often treated as an inferior who were looked down upon by the Arabs. There were places where treatment varied, but for the most part, they weren’t treated the same. However, they still shared the same identity, in a way, following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire.

Furthermore, Jews were facing intense persecution in Europe, leading many to seek refuse elsewhere. There were many hostilities and different forces driving away these Jews, to a point there was an idea emerging across these countries. (At this time there were many European anti-Semitic and global nationalist movements going on) The idea was for the Jews to have their own land, a place where they wouldn’t be persecuted or have to face living in hostile countries. It would be a place where the Jews wouldn’t be a minority, and wouldn’t have to worry about having a country annihilating them. This led to waves of immigration from Jews to Palestine, as well as the British- which at the time was controlling the area of Palestine- promising land to the Jews. Not only that, following Hitler and the Holocaust, there was a greater call for the safety of an independent nation and home for the Jews. With the increasing number of Jews coming into the area, the dynamics slowly started to change. There were escalating tensions, and conflicts over land, resources, and national identity began to rise. Factors such as the Balfour Declaration and the Partition Plan further added onto this, complicating the previous coexistence the two groups once had. Following the establishment of a distinct Jewish state, the first war broke out, leading us to where we are today.

Change in the Israel-Palestine region over time

We can see how European influence caused a number of new conflicts for this situation. Firstly, they treated the Jews in a hostile manner, and then promised them land already occupied by a different group. Thus promised land created greater conflicts than previously seen, calling for Europeans- specifically the British- to try and solve this problem by establishing a separate state for the Jews, and essentially causing the conflict. Now, we see them today trying to solve this problem again by negotiating and trying to help the citizens. It’s unbelievable.

Another thing I wanted to point out was just how biased an article I found was. When initially researching for this post, I started with the surface- the overview of what caused this conflict to begin. I came across a BBC article, and this was what they said,

Tensions between the two peoples grew when the international community gave the UK the task of establishing a “national home” in Palestine for Jewish people.3

 I think it’s ridiculous how it pretty much states how things got out of hands DUE TO the fact that the UK was involved in this, and that they were ‘tasked’ with doing so. I mean, no you weren’t. There really was no need to do so, but the UK just HAD to try and fix this problem. Furthermore, when Palestine was previously under UK control, they had allowed Palestine self-government and independence. However, with the initiative to establish a “Jewish home” in Palestine, the Balfour Declaration promised to protect the civil and religious rights of Palestinians but not their political rights, which was once given to them. Fear of displacement in their own country lead Palestinians to resist British policy through non-violent diplomatic means- boycotting and civil disobedience- which people then tried to RESOLVE and restore order to. Furthermore, I want to add, from another I’ve read, that the British were anticipating another war in Europe- the Second World War- and “…looked to end the disturbances in Palestine and win over the support of independent Arab states.”4 So in addition to further adding onto this conflict and wanting to step in to solve this problem they further fueled, they wanted to end it quickly because they didn’t want to have something like this being another problem they have to deal with? Interesting.

Moving on, another topic I wanted to look into was Iran’s support of Hamas. The reason this alliance is so unusual is that the two groups are two very different groups of Muslims: Shia and Sunni. Hamas is a Sunni group while 90-95% of all Iranian Muslims are Shi’ites. One may think that there may not be a big difference between these two groups and everyone over exaggerates just how bad the divide is, but let me tell you just how very wrong you are. The divide is indeed a very big deal if it’s been going on for some 14 centuries. The difference between the two is the belief of who would be the next successor following Muhammad: Abu Bakr (Sunnis) or Ali (Shias). It’s lead to long-running civil wars in Syria, fighting in Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and elsewhere, as well as terrorist violence on both sides.5 I highly doubt something like this can be classified as a simple divide.

So why would Iran be supporting Hamas then?

Well, let’s first start with recognition of Israel. At this time, there are already several Arab states in the Persian Gulf that have made peace with Israel, including Saudi Arabia. Both Iran and Hamas have every interest to make sure this doesn’t happen. Although Iran has denied involvement in planning the attack on Israel, the country’s Supreme Leader did state that they “…kiss the hands of those who planned the attack on the Zionist regime.” 6 Iran has also been involved in providing material support as well as training and money to Hamas. There’s not a definite relationship between the two groups, but a subtle support that goes back a bit. In 1979 a revolution brought in a hard-line Shia government that considered Israel usurpers on Muslim land, ultimately breaking off the once close economic and strategic ties Israel and Iran had. Iran considered the US as an enabler of this revolution, leading for the view that Israel was a Western colonial outpost and Zionism was a version of imperialism. Israel and Iran have also been engaged in a cold war against one another for a long time. So support between the two groups would be partially expected.

Lastly, let’s not forget that Jerusalem is a holy city that gave rise to the THREE major Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We’ve seen conflicts between Islam and Judaism over Jerusalem, but what would happen if Christianity also gets involved? There would be a possibility of a world war. Even now, with the involvement of other countries in this matter, there could be a possible world war brewing. What do we do then?

What are we not seeing?

The Israel-Hamas war has been the hot topic of all news. It’s taken over American politics, now becoming a fundamental factor in who will become the next president based on candidate responses and plans for the matter. But what about the Ukraine-Russia war? When was the last time it’s been brought up in the news or even MENTIONED? What about the South China Sea and China’s new map that was made? What about the fact that Chinese President Xi Jinping who was actually in California just a few weeks ago to meet up with President Biden? What about abortion issues? What about gun rights and the second amendment? Weren’t these the most heavily debated and brought up topics only a few months ago? Why are they now almost ‘non-existent’? I mean, before, the Ukraine-Russia War was the biggest issue, but now with the Israel-Hamas War, almost any funding towards Ukraine has stopped. Is there some sort of correlation between the two? Could one be a coverup for the other? Maybe, maybe not. The assumption cannot be made, but it is fairly odd how these topics are no longer being brought up.

What do you think? Would the Israel-Hamas War have gotten to this point regardless of European interference? Could this war be something of a coverup, or is there more at play? Should we expect something worse to come? Who knows, but it is for certain that this Israel-Hamas War may not end quickly.

References:

  1. “Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Global Conflict Tracker, www.cfr.org/global-conflict-tracker/conflict/israeli-palestinian-conflict. ↩︎
  2. “Indigenous and European Contact in Australia.” Britannica Kids, kids.britannica.com/students/article/Indigenous-and-European-Contact-in-Australia/631556#:~:text=Early%20relations%20were%20typically%20friendly,on%20Indigenous%20Australians%20were%20devastating. ↩︎
  3. BBC Breaking News, World News, U.S. News, Sports, Business, Innovation, Climate, Culture, Travel, Video & Audio, www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-44124396%20. ↩︎
  4. “The Palestine Mandate.” NCSC, www.gchq.gov.uk/information/palestine-mandate#. ↩︎
  5. “Islam’s Sunni-Shia Divide, Explained.” HISTORY, 31 July 2019, www.history.com/news/sunni-shia-divide-islam-muslim#. ↩︎
  6. Ioanes, Ellen. “How Does Iran Fit into the War Between Israel and Hamas?” Vox, 14 Oct. 2023, www.vox.com/world-politics/2023/10/14/23917078/israel-hamas-war-gaza-iran-hezbollah-khamenei-lebanon. ↩︎

Gathara, Patrick. “Berlin 1884: Remembering the Conference That Divided Africa.” Breaking News, World News and Video from Al Jazeera, 15 Nov. 2019, www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2019/11/15/berlin-1884-remembering-the-conference-that-divided-africa.

“Hamas And Israel: Iran’s Role.” Wilson Center, www.wilsoncenter.org/article/hamas-and-israel-irans-role.

Ioanes, Ellen. “How Does Iran Fit into the War Between Israel and Hamas?” Vox, 14 Oct. 2023, www.vox.com/world-politics/2023/10/14/23917078/israel-hamas-war-gaza-iran-hezbollah-khamenei-lebanon.

Magazine, +972. “Before Zionism: The Shared Life of Jews and Palestinians.” +972 Magazine, 6 Apr. 2016, www.972mag.com/before-zionism-the-shared-life-of-jews-and-palestinians/.

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