The Gaza crisis is tragic, urgent, complicated and the subject of much disagreement and debate. I tend to think Israel’s military responses, in general, are not only inhumane towards Palestinians but self-destructive for Israel. Hamas’s asymmetrical attacks on Israel are also not only harmful to Israeli civilians but to Palestinians in that they are used by Israel to justify further belligerence. And Palestinians will never be able to beat Israel militarily. But regardless of your opinion, you can’t understand the situation in Gaza without understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And you can’t understand the conflict without understanding the occupation. Luckily, the excellent site, +972 Magazine has a series of infographics by Michal Vexler on the occupation.
Check out more infographics and some more things you should see or read after the jump.
You can see all of the infographics series here. And to find out more about what’s happening and has happened, check the following people, news sources, and video clips.
- Juan Cole, whose blog Informed Comment offers, well, informed commentary on “the Middle East, History and Religion.” A History professor at Michigan, Cole is extremely measured and well-read on the subject. Make sure you check out his Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza post.
- Mondoweiss, the “news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective” edited by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz.
- This segment from Up with Chris Hayes, which features not one but two Palestinians, out of a roundtable of four, hardly heard of on American TV.
- DemocracyNow!, hosted by the indefatigable Amy Goodman. Make sure you watch this segment with an Israeli peace negotiator.