L’occupazione illustrata – quinta parte

“It is indispensable for a fighting system to deny the humanity of the other side, otherwise how can you possibly kill somebody? He has family, he has hopes, he has fears, he has dreams… no, he has to remain vague – a target – not a person, not a human being”

(Avner, former IDF soldier, member of Combatants for Peace) [1]

“Not rockets from Gaza, not ‘Iron Dome’, not F-16s, not tanks – will bring peace. Peace should mean security and independence for both countries. Let us live in peace and dignity, two peoples on this land”

(Jamel, former Palestinian fighter, member of Combatants for Peace) [1]

Con queste illustrazioni ho cercato di mostrare alcune delle conseguenze dell’occupazione israeliana sui territori palestinesi. Senza pretese di essere esaustivo, ho voluto mostrare come una volta presa la decisione di occupare militarmente un territorio – trasferendovi parte della propria popolazione – le conseguenze illustrate si susseguono in una lunga catena di cause ed effetti. Un domino infinito che continua da 52 anni. Una volta spinta la prima pedina si può presupporre come si muoveranno tutte le altre. L’occupazione determina occupante e occupato a ruoli predefiniti, ripetibili all’infinito. L’occupazione deve giungere al termine. In primo luogo per il diritto dell’occupato a recitare il ruolo di una vita ordinaria. In secondo luogo per gli occupanti, quelli costretti ad applicare ordini, che questi ruoli non li vogliono più recitare.

L’occupazione viola il diritto internazionale. L’occupazione è illegale. L’occupazione deve finire.

A., Betlemme, 2019

“It is indispensable for a fighting system to deny the humanity of the other side, otherwise how can you possibly kill somebody? He has family, he has hopes, he has fears, he has dreams… no, he has to remain vague – a target – not a person, not a human being”

(Avner, former IDF soldier, member of Combatants for Peace) [1]

“Not rockets from Gaza, not ‘Iron Dome’, not F-16s, not tanks – will bring peace. Peace should mean security and independence for both countries. Let us live in peace and dignity, two peoples on this land”

(Jamel, former Palestinian fighter, member of Combatants for Peace) [1]

With these illustrations I have tried to show some of the consequences of the Israeli occupation on the Palestinian territories. Without claiming to be exhaustive, I wanted to show how, once the decision to militarily occupy a territory has been taken – by transferring part of its population to it – the consequences illustrated follow one another in a long chain of cause and effect. An infinite domino that has been going on for 52 years. Once the first pawn is pushed, one can assume how all the others will move. The occupation determines the occupant and the occupied to predefined roles, which can be repeated infinitely. Occupation must come to an end. First of all, for the right of the occupied to live an ordinary life. Secondly, for the occupiers, those forced to apply orders, a role they no longer wish to play.

The occupation violates international law. The occupation is illegal. The occupation must end.

A., Bethlehem, 2019


[1] https://cfpeace.org/personal-stories/

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