Have Your Say: Gaza, One Year On

الأحد 27 كانون الأول 2009

Photo by Emad Badwan

Photo by Emad Badwan

Today is the one-year anniversary of the attacks on Gaza. For us at 7iber, we were hosting a discussion-workshop on the uses of social networking for political, business, and social uses. As if it was yesterday, I remember one of the participants receiving a phone call, looking shocked, and apologizing that he had to leave.
“They hit Gaza,” he said.

One year later, that sentence still echoes in my head. After visiting Gaza and seeing the situation first hand, its difficult to imagine the pain and suffering of our fellow humans in Gaza.

What is your take? What responsibility does the international community have in brokering a solution? What role should Jordan play? Egypt? The United Nations? Some argue, the international community should engage Hamas, while Israel and the U.S. refuse.

Have your say here.

اليوم يصادف مرور سنة على بدء العدوان الإسرائيلي على غزة. نحن في حبر كنا في هذا الوقت من العام الماضي في خضم ورشة عمل عن استعمالات الإعلام الاجتماعي في القضايا السياسية والمجتمعية والأعمال. وأتذكر وكأنه يوم أمس عندما تلقى أحد المشاركين مكالمة هاتفية وبدا مصدوما واعتذر بأنه مضطر أن يخرج قائلا “لقد ضربوا غزة.”

بعد مرور عام، لا يزال صدى تلك الجملة في ذهني. بعد أن زرت غزة ورأيت الوضع هناك بأم عيني، من الصعب أن أتخيل مقدار الألم والمعاناة التي يمر بها الناس هناك.

ما هو موقفك؟ ما هي مسؤولية المجتمع الدولي في التوصل إلى حل؟ ما الدور الذي يمكن أن تلعبه الأردن؟ مصر؟ والأمم المتحدة؟ البعض يقول أن على المجتمع الدولي التفاوض مع حماس، في حين ترفض الولايات المتحدة وإسرائيل ذلك.

عبر عن رأيك هنا.

Related links:

Gaza Speaks

Viva Palestina

Viva Palestina – Twitter

http://www.yorktogaza.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/yorktogaza

The Gaza Campaign on 7iber.com

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Cartoon by Wael Attili

Gaza Beach Refugee Camp

  • Tarawnah

    In theory, this would be the best moment for the international community to get involved with Gaza or the greater Israeli-Arab conflict in general. The US's role has been diminished in the past decade thanks to Bush, and for all of Obama's talk this past year in his presidency, he is likely to do little regarding the palestinian question, having too many fires to put out at home.

    However, we've seen what the international community has had to offer Palestine. The EU made a go of showing some teeth a few weeks back and then quickly backed down, perhaps remembering that its role in the global community is pretense.

    As for closer to home.

    Jordan and Egypt's roles have been disastrous, with the latter being obviously worse given its approach to Gaza and the blockade. Jordan has been more concerned with empty rhetoric concerning Jerusalem, although there has been a great deal of chatter in political circles that Jordan is considering integrating the palestinians in its gaza camp.

    But this has always been our problem: we think in jagged pieces inherent to our colonized past. We do not think in the greater arab spirit but as individual nations, and as long as that happens, you will never see any arab playing a significant role in resolving the problem of Palestine, including Gaza.

  • Hend F. A.

    How long has this subject been open for discussion?
    The only comment is 5 days old.

    I don't think we are capable of producing as much as that “chatter” about Gaza anymore. Nobody can be optimistic enough to say there's light at the end of this tunnel.

    Egypt is a puppet hanging from several hands. The 80 million count might as well be of sand molecules in the wind.
    The only very far away light existing is that for the international support that we today see welling up will eventually explode into resolutions from the security counsel or even individual states, and will somehow force Israel against its plans of genocide.

    But even this somehow seems like mere chatter. The nations of the world can feel with Gazans, but their governments are run by Zionist lobbies and puppeteers. Even the most democratic of nations play deaf to the cries of their people when it comes to opposing Israel.

  • Hend F. A.

    How long has this subject been open for discussion?
    The only comment is 5 days old.

    I don't think we are capable of producing as much as that “chatter” about Gaza anymore. Nobody can be optimistic enough to say there's light at the end of this tunnel.

    Egypt is a puppet hanging from several hands. The 80 million count might as well be of sand molecules in the wind.
    The only very far away light existing is that for the international support that we today see welling up will eventually explode into resolutions from the security counsel or even individual states, and will somehow force Israel against its plans of genocide.

    But even this somehow seems like mere chatter. The nations of the world can feel with Gazans, but their governments are run by Zionist lobbies and puppeteers. Even the most democratic of nations play deaf to the cries of their people when it comes to opposing Israel.