Israel’s new rationalization for seemingly repressive measures has shed light on the humanitarian and moral spirit of the democratic state.
This month, Major General Amos Gilad, head of the political-military bureau at Israel’s ministry of defense, expressed his satisfaction with the genocide/holocaust prevention fence/clothesline that Israel is building. “What I can say is that by this barrier we are saving lives, Palestinian and Israeli. When Palestinians kill Israelis, we have to take measures in retaliation; they get killed. So we save their lives this way.”
Following this trend, Israel’s allies across the country have broadcast the obvious logic. “Those checkpoints save lives,” said Merav Ceren, president of Anteaters for Israel at the University of California – Irvine. “A myth that is pushed is that the purpose of those checkpoints is to humiliate people but they’re really there to protect every single person, Israeli or Arab.”
In an expression of gratitude for Israel’s costly consideration for Palestinian lives, Students for Justice in Palestine groups across the country have unveiled a new letter writing campaign to encourage Israel to build more prisons, set up more checkpoints, and demolish more homes.