Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for December 31st, 2008

An Unholy End to 2008

Posted by jonathanfryer on Wednesday, 31st December, 2008

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, and King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain have cancelled all New Year celebrations out of solidarity with the Palestinians currently under Israeli onslaught. Certainly, the carnage in Gaza makes the Holy Land a troubled place this year’s end — as indeed it is also for those Israelis living in fear of rocket fire from Gaza. It is essential that hostilities end on both sides, and it is a scandal that the United States essentially gave Tel Aviv the green light to go in with all guns blazing, as if Palestinian civilian casualties are of no consequence.

King Abdullah of Jordan and Queen Rania (herself of Palestinian origin) have symbolically donated blood to help victims of the bombardment. But the outside world needs to do much more, and fast. Everyone’s New Year Resolution (including that of the Israeli governmnt, Hamas and irregular forces in Gaza) should be ‘Peace in the Holy Land, Now!’

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