Some wonder at the strength of condemnation of Israelís actions in Gaza. It is simple and complex. The one misconception to be laid to rest is that it has anything to do with anti-Semitism. The majority of people who do condemn Israelís actions do not care one way or the other about what religion Israelis hold, it is irrelevant.
Israel declares itself a democratic State. A civilised State. A State that holds itself up as a shining example of a civilised, democratic State to other State/Nations. Particularly to the neighbouring States.
Democracy has been evolving from the limited type of democracy they set up to the fuller democracy practised in most States that developed from European stock.
People have an understanding of what constitutes a democratic State.
People have an understanding of what constitutes a civilised State. This concept of civilisation has developed over the centuries to what is now known as civilised. They think that this is a good way for a State to behave.
What people are seeing happening in Gaza goes against all of what they know and accept as civilised behaviour for a State. They feel lied to by Israel. That is why Israel has lost respect in the eyes of the people around the world, why Israel has lost standing in the eyes of people. People expected more that that from Israel, they expected Israel to behave in a civilised manner in the treatment of the people in Gaza. Not just in the case of the past 20 days of conflict but the past 20 years.
I make no mention of Hamas in that because, even though Hamas won the elections in Gaza, they are not recognised as a Government, nor is Gaza recognised as a State. Not being a State, they are not held to as high an expected standard as Israel is expected to hold.
(because there will be erroneous assumptions made)
The idea of Hamas not being held to the same high standards as Israel is not the same as saying that
Hamas has the right to rocket Israelis. Standards of behaviour do apply to Hamas, which, in their social service structure, do fulfil as well as they can in the circumstances.
I would appreciate it if the moderators did not lock this.