Zehava Galon, They Stopped Trying to Show They Care

Zehava Galon, They Stopped Trying to Show They Care

Two children were orphaned on Friday. In a split second the few memories they had of their father became the only memories they will ever have of him. They’ll have to make up the rest from stories and photos, and from the void in the lives of his relatives.

I don’t know what happened near the Ofra Settlement on Friday and why the Iad Zacharia Hamid was shot to death. Yedioth Ahronot explained that the soldiers felt threatened because Hamid got too close to the secured booth in which they were stationed. It might be true. But two children lost their father, and someone, probably an 18 year-old, has to live with it now.

Just recently Reserve General Uzi Dayan described how he had covered up the killing of five unarmed Palestinians, and everyone was fine with it. This week an unarmed Palestinian was killed in El Fawaar and 32 were injured, mostly in the knees. Some will never walk again. Perhaps the soldiers felt threatened there too. It is hard to judge a kid who enters a Palestinian village and fears for his life. But the media and politicians gave this incident almost no attention.

We and the Palestinians live in an insane routine. Both sides pay a hefty price. Though there is no doubt that the Palestinians pay a heavier price. Over the last few weeks we’ve gotten reports of more raids and more injured. Not all the injured were armed. I understand that people have given up on solving the conflict, but too many times it seems that politicians have given up as well. Every week more people die and more get injured. Every year or two we have a military operation in Gaza. But at the moment the only thing the government cares about is a scandal involving the Minister of Transportation. They’ve stopped even trying to show that they care.

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Translation: Dana Mills

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Dana Mills teaches political theory at Oxford. She has a DPHil from Oxford (politics), and a BA (politics, psychology) and an MA ( politics) from Tel Aviv University. She was raised in Israel, and has been active in Peace Now since she was 14. Her first book, Dance and Politics: Moving beyond Boundaries, is out in 2016. She publishes in critical theory and radical democratic theory. She campaigns widely on feminist and human rights issues.

1 Comment on "Zehava Galon, They Stopped Trying to Show They Care"

  • Alice Beauchamp says

    Who says the politicians ” have given up as well”!!!
    Has this Israeli Government EVER had slightest wish giving up trying to do so?
    In fact have sure never wanted to???

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