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Editorial

ORIGINAL FRENCH ARTICLE: Une Course pour la vie

by Jean-Paul Piérot

A race for life

Translated Friday 1 August 2014, by Brooke Cochran

Every day, every night, a deluge of metal and fire pelts the over-populated buildings, decimating the civilian population. The children in Gaza are the targets of an occupying army claiming to wage war against “terrorists.”

Every day, every night, a deluge of metal and fire pelts the over-populated buildings, decimating the civilian population. The children in Gaza are the targets of an occupying army claiming to wage war against the “terrorists.” Nothing escapes the shells of the Israeli army’s tanks and F16’s, not even the hospitals. Doctors try, under extreme conditions, to save the wounded brought in by ambulances during the bombings. An appalling humanitarian disaster has overtaken this corner of Earth. It has been turned into a ghetto barricaded by the Mediterranean coast, the desperately closed Egyptian border, and the colonies of Israeli outposts.

The Palestinian people pay the price, with unspeakable suffering, caused by the tense policy of the Netanyahu government. It is trying to permanently bury any possibility of establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel in accordance with the UN’s 1967 resolutions. Undoubtedly, this policy makes things worse. It is a catastrophic choice for the Israeli people who would have gained a lot from peace and co-operation with a sovereign Palestine. The permanent war can still prolong the existing situation. The right-wing Israeli politicians are betting on it. They are making a last stand, but it’s a very deadly one.

The world cannot remain indifferent to the fate of a people who were welcomed into the UN despite being denied the status of statehood. The massacre of innocents could cease if diplomatic pressure and the force of international law steer the Israeli leaders to open a dialogue again and restart the peace process. The Palestinian people should benefit from worldwide protection. This is what Humanité is calling for in its columns, remaining faithful to Jean Jaurès’ combat, 100 hundred years after his death. This is urgent. An end to hardship is long overdue.


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