Tue. Jul 16th, 2024

The US is planning to airdrop humanitarian supplies to the people of Gaza whose destruction the US is enabling and encouraging through feeding munitions and weapons to the military of Israel, which, in turn, is forbidding the US to deliver aid to the people of Gaza who it is bombing with those munitions and weapons supplied by the US. While the US is dodging its own munitions to deliver succour to the people at whom they are directed to expensively drop aid, it seems not to have occurred to the US that they could stop the slaughter simply by turning off the supply of military aid to Israel.

At the same time, Israeli soldiers gunned down over a hundred Gazans who were trying to access what little humanitarian aid had made it over the border.

Meanwhile, a number of US government employees have resigned over their government’s policy of supplying US munitions and weapons to the government of Israel to be used against the people of Gaza. There was a large protest vote against the Biden administration’s stance on the ongoing Gaza genocide in a recent Democrat party primary. One member of the US military burned himself alive outside the Israeli embassy in Washington DC in protest at the policies of his employer.

The Republican party in the US has blocked aid to Ukraine, which is suffering an invasion from its bigger, bullying neighbour Russia, while shooing through munitions and weapons to Israel. The David and Goliath narrative which had previously galvanised much support for Ukraine against Russia doesn’t seem to apply when Goliath is pulverising David in Palestine (and, yes, we are aware of the screaming irony in that image). There is a realistic chance that Donald Trump, who is in thrall to Vladimir Putin and who has no coherent policy with regard to Israel or Gaza, will become the next president of the US.

The government of the UK, which is also supplying the military aid to Israel for its genocidal campaign, has banned many forms of peaceful protest against the government’s support of violent oppression on the grounds that it might look like violence. Hundreds of thousands of people have nevertheless taken to the streets and picketed arms factories to protest the UK’s policy of supporting genocide in Gaza. The main opposition party, Labour, has aligned itself with the governing Conservative party, and both parties were humiliated in a by-election in Rochdale,  which was won by non-aligned disruptor George Galloway with over 40 per cent of the vote on a single issue ticket demanding and end to the UK’s support of Israel’s genocide in Gaza.

At the time of writing, over 30,000 Gazans have died under the Israeli bombardment since the start of the current assault, the majority of them children, women, and non-combatant men. Many more bodies lie under the rubble. Disease and malnutrition are afflicting the survivors. 

By chris page

Magazine editor, writer of fiction and non-fiction; exile; cat person; red wine for blood and cheese in his soul. Chris Page is the author of the novels Weed, Sanctioned, Another Perfect Day in ****ing Paradise, King of the Undies World, and The Underpants Tree. He is also a freelance journalist, copywriter, editor, cartoonist, illustrator, graphic designer, and consultant in the use and abuse of false moustaches (don’t wear them — you’re welcome — the invoice is in the mail).

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