While Pallywood has excellent skills in staging grievance-mongering videos, the people of Gaza truly are suffering. The violence Hamas – a Muslim Brotherhood organization – has inflicted on any Palestinians opposed to its thuggish rule have been victimized, systematically marginalized and even murdered.
And, of course, the schools that they send their children to – the schools we, Westerners, pay for through the UN, brainwash the next generation, ensuring the continuance of the conflict so deeply trenched in religious dogma, no secular process can ever solve it.
For the record: those familiar with the history of the region will know that the land originally granted for the creation of the new state of Israel had, in fact, been divided into an ‘Arab (Palestinian)’ section and the rest of Israel. So, the ‘two state solution’ is, in fact, in place already. The ‘Arab (Palestinian)’ section became known as the kingdom of Jordan.
While the Jews from that area moved to the new, much smaller state of Israel, the combination of the Arab’s resistance to move to Jordan and Jordan’s resistance to accept them is the true cause of the displacement of the now called ‘Palestinians’
But, horrendous and unforgivable as it is, the human suffering in Gaza is not the subject this post. Let’s just stipulate that it exists and hope that the international community (led by the UN) will soon wake up and stop funding Hamas and other oppressors of the Palestinian people and that one day soon, Palestinian children will live in a world where they can freely choose their own religion, without fear of marginalization, injury or death!
And, yes, there have, over the years, surfaced stories of the atrocious treatment of zoo animals in Gaza. But, this post is not about them, either. It’s not that they are not important, but they are visible and their fate has been brought to the world’s attention already.
This post is about many, many more animals: the food animals imported into Gaza.
‘The Opposition says footage that appears to show Australian cattle being beaten, stabbed and dragged in Gaza may warrant a suspension of trade licences.’
‘”I think anyone who watches this footage and sees images of Australian cattle being stabbed in the eye, having their throats slit while still alive and being taunted and tortured would understand that now is the time to end the live export trade,” he [Greens MP Adam Bandt] said.’
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Halal slaughter must be banned and Halal-slaughtered-meat must be banned from sale in all civilized countries!!!
For those of you who think this will infringe on the right to freedom of religion of Muslims – it will not. Islam, in its wisdom, teaches that if halal food is not available in the country in which a Muslim resides, it is permissible for the Muslim to eat non-halal food. If no transgression is intended, then none has happened!
Thus, halal food is not a requirement for Muslims and banning this horrible, torturous treatment of animals does not infringe on any religious freedom – even if such an infringement were a ground on which to permit unnecessary animal suffering.
Wherever you live – please, let your supermarket and your butcher know that you object to halal meat being sold by them. Contact any food manufacturers who display a halal mark on their product and inform them why you will boycott their products in the future!
Market pressure is the best way to stop this unnecessary animal suffering. Because the question is not ‘Can they think?’ but ‘Can they feel pain?’