The fog of war propaganda is in full effect.
The Gaza Strip, also known as Gaza, is a narrow area between Israel and Egypt and has been a centre of conflict for many years. It has a complex history dating back to the early 20th century, when it was mainly populated by Muslim and Christian Arabs under Ottoman rule.
This led to an influx of refugees, making Gaza very crowded.
Hamas, which has become an increasingly aggressive militant group over time, has been the government of Gaza since 2007, when their election ‘surprised’ the world, triggering an Israeli-imposed blockade.
To be clear, ‘occupied’ (in this context) refers to the control and administration of certain Palestinian regions, by the Israeli military or government, that are not internationally recognised as part of Israel.
Israel has occupied the Palestinian territories (West Bank and Gaza) and the Golan Heights since the 1967 Six-Day War.
Here’s Norman Finkelstein addressing Jewish university students.
No dog in this fight
Both Alec and I have no dog in this fight and, as such, side with neither Hamas nor the Israeli government.
I am neither a Jew nor a Muslim. I am neither an Israeli nor a Palestinian.
But, as he notes, due to the vested Western interests in Israel and the broader Middle East (like Iran), the Israeli government gets more criticism (also paradoxically due, in part, to its stranglehold on Washington).
After all, why does a tiny country, about the same size as the Kruger National Park, demand so much international airtime?