Gas goes up vs Israel Withdrawal

I had to stop for gas this morning before going into work. As I walked up to the pump I saw that the prices had now jumped from the 2.40s to the 2.70s. I was a little upset mainly because this weekend I will be going to Chicago and the gas there and back just became a bigger expense. I remember when it took 20 bucks to fill my tank, yes in my current car. Now it takes close to 40. I did not even fill up the tank today, just put 30 in. I started to think of the economy and where everything is at right now. Cielo and I were just talking about the so-called “Energy Bill” and how it did not do a darn thing for us. What difference did it make but make the oil companies richer?

Then I got back into my car and continued to listen to the Morning Edition on NPR. They were talking to a correspondent from the Gaza strip about the withdrawal. I am no expert on the Israel-Palestine conflict but it saddens me to hear about, it like any other human struggle where innocent lives are lost. Then on the same program they interviewed an actual young settler. It was a moving interview, she started to cry… she used one of the most powerful words in my eyes… she felt raped because of the people that were there to help them “move” were sleeping uninvited in a place that just yesterday she called her home. I then felt a little guilty about being so selfish and thinking paying more money at the pump was something to be mad about. I could not even begin to imagine what it would be like to be forcibly removed from my home of 25 years.

I have a glimpse at what it is to move from my home, but it was voluntary and not my government telling me you have until this deadline to move. A lot of young people are going to try to make the withdrawal as difficult as they can in hopes that it will deter Israel from doing the same thing in the West Bank. That is the plan though, to have Israel withdrawal from the West Bank happen also. I sure hope that this is the first step towards some peace between those two nations and not the spark that will light the conflict up even more.

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8 Responses to Gas goes up vs Israel Withdrawal

  1. I can’t begin to understand the problems that have to be overcome – there is obviously no way this could be resolved without some people being hurt (physically or emotionally. Or both).

    But what I really can’t understand is….why – and I know this may sound racist, but it’s my ignorance talking, I guess…I really want to understand better – why would people settle there, knowing the whole land is disputed? Why would a man and his wife decide to settle in a land that, through war, politics, whatever, suddenly be pulled away from them? I mean, surely this was a possibility from day one?

    Now, of course the whole Middle East could change hands at a moment’s notice and someone living in downtown Jerusalem or Tel Aviv or Baghdad or Damascus or Tehran or even Cairo today could find themselves a refugee tomorrow. But you know, it’s not going to be like that in, say, Terra Haute Indiana. Or Colorado Springs, or Phoenix, or Birmingham, or Concord, or Knoxville.

    Is the desire of place so strong that all those possibilities should be ignored? What’s special about Gaza, anyway, historically or religiously that would be attractive for a family to settle there?

    And what’s more, why should they – like the woman in the story above – feel betrayed and raped when the possibility was so strong from Day 1 that just that thing might happen?

    I don’t understand. And I likely never will understand being the white-bread American that I am. But I wish I did.

  2. First I want to clarify that white-bread American is not a derrogatory term :) I would not have allowed it even if it was self inflicted. It simply means a common caucasian American.

    I don’t fully understand the conflict either, and I think even the people involved sometimes question the ideologies. It is clear to me that even people from Israel are opposed to leaving the settlements, which to me would be crazy since it is at least in the surface perceived as a step towards peace.

    It is also not fair to say that the settlers are there for religious reasons, truly feeling that it is the promised land… because well, why was it not the Palestinians promised land too. Sometimes to Americans all of this seems so remote, like almost fictional because we live so sheltered from so much in this country. People in this world are starving to death every single day as I dump last night left overs in the garbage. I think sometimes we might be so removed from things that it is almost impossible to understand.

  3. I know its bad, to be forced to move… but to feel raped– Barry does have something there.. the Gaza strip is occupied territory. The state of Israel has been occupying Palestinian land; hence the term withdrawal.

    As far as why they would so zealously settle it, I think there are some religious undercurrents.. but there is the simple fact that the Israeli settlers had the chance to have their own plots of land, albeit somebody else’s land, but still. And I think part of the idea of settling that area was so that they would have some stake to it, so that, ideally, it would be internationally recognized as Israeli land in due time. Unfortunate for them that they’re being forced to leave, but the greater injustice is that they were occupying someone else’s land.

    The religious undercurrents would be the belief that once a jewish nation is established over all the historic biblical lands, the messiah would come.

    And alas for gas, in some places they actually pay $6 a gallon. don’t want to offend, just my two cents. cheers.

  4. I do understand the concept on a personal level. “This is my house. I built it. I live in it. I raised my family in it. Now I have to leave, and someone else will be sleeping in my bed tonight”. That’s a powerful feeling that transcends politics, and is a huge reality to the people who are now having to leave.

    I mean, the land where my house stands was once Cherokee Indian territory, I assume. They were forced off the land and into reservations hundreds of years ago so Knox County could build a subdivision…. but the farther in the past, the easier to stomach. But then the Indians were so overwhelmed, eventually, they had no way to fight back or really demand any more rights or restitution than what they already got. The Palestinians have the advantage (if you can call it that) of 50 years of unremitting resistance that is kept fresh in everyone’s minds.

    Wherever it’s $6/gallon, I bet they don’t have to drive very far in the first place. America’s so spread out, I put 700-odd miles on my car just this weekend alone going from Knoxville to Nashville and back, then from Knoxville to Dandridge (a small lakeside community an hour away) and back. In some countries people wouldn’t drive 700 miles in a year, I would imagine, so $6/gal gasoline’s not as big a deal

  5. I think the problem lies with the fact that both religions feel that they have a right to the lands based upon their origin and history. I think most people who are there now don’t have the means to get out or they already would’ve (just like Americans who live in crime-ridden areas who don’t have the funds to get out). I don’t think peace can ever be achieved as long as Israel is on Palestinian lands, but I do wonder where those people are expected to go? Is there room for them? What do they do about jobs?

  6. Well, the last thing to go is hope…
    I´m not really sure hope in what, but that is the last thing to go.

  7. Sorry to pull a you-know-who, but there was a West Wing episode a couple years ago called
    “Gaza” that had several cast members visiting the Gaza strip. There were a number of interesting discussions with the people who lived there about why they stayed, and info about the area. I’ll have to see if I can dig that one up, because it was really informative.

    One thing I seem to remember is that at least some of the people, houses and neighborhoods were relatively middle-America. Maybe it’s accurate and maybe it’s not, but that’s all I know.

    Oh and Logtar, when I said “White bread” I didn’t mean skin color as much as I meant uncolored, plain, vanilla sensibilities and awareness that a lot of Americans (myself included in a lot of ways) seem to have toward the outside world…

  8. Oh no you did not… I think he-who-must-not-big-named should come and appologize for what you just did. He should take responsability… and White bread, I was going with the political correct wikipedia rederic, I took it as just common but they corrected me. ;)

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