Earlier this week, Rami Aman, a Palestinian living in the Gaza Strip, was arrested for attempting to normalize relations between Palestinians and Israelis online. The news was broken by Iyad Al-Bazm, who is affiliated with the Ministry of the Interior of the Gaza Strip. Since 2007, the Gaza Strip has been governed by Hamas, a Palestinian, fundamentalist authority (Black & Tran, 2007). The swift action by Hamas police came after Aman hosted a two hour long Zoom conference with a number of Israeli citizens (“Palestinian arrested”, 2020). The Hamas controlled Gaza Strip is yet another example of a state of exception, in which, authority figures have afforded themselves extra measures of power under the pretense of a national emergency. Aman was arrested simply for communicating with Israeli peace activists. The actions by Hamas have clearly grown from a no tolerance policy when it comes to making peace with Israel. It seems like both sides have decided war and conflict are the only solutions, as if they’ve dug themselves in, unwilling to change under almost any circumstance that may come their way.
I think it’s important to realize here that, while it seems humans have a historical tendency for war, this in no way reflects the ultimate human nature. I think, in fact, we have neither a tendency towards war nor towards peace programmed into us. It all comes down to the decision of a collective consciousness. With the right recipe of leaders, I think any advance of war can be made. On the other hand, any conflict can be avoided as well. It all rests on our own diligence to advocate for what we believe is right.
Black, I., & Tran, M. (2007, June 15). Hamas takes control of Gaza. Retrieved April 10, 2020, from https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/jun/15/israel4
“Palestinian arrested in Gaza for ‘normalising relations with Israel’”. (2020, April 10). Retrieved April 10, 2020, from https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/20200410-palestinian-arrested-in-gaza-for-normalising-relations-with-israel/