The world is experiencing dej vu as nations watch Israel's ongoing oppression and suppression of the people of Palestine that is, once again, taking a very tenuous situation and escalating it into a bloodbath. It does not take much for the Israeli government to erupt and unleash its massive power on people who now have become little more than sitting ducks in a shooting gallery.
Israel today is following in the footsteps of South Africa when that nation's government was pursuing its system of apartheid that involved the segregation and suppression of its black population. The world had watched the cruel and very often violent actions by this government with great trepidation and revulsion and had great empathy for the oppressed. Then, after South Africa resisted all efforts to end that apartheid, the world responded with powerful boycotts and sanctions.
That boycott movement began in the 1970's and ended in 1994; individuals, organizations, national governments, and the United Nations initiated sanctions and embargoes that involved military supplies, raw materials, together with cultural and sports restrictions against the government of South Africa. Both exports to and imports from that nation were severely restricted.
Israel continues its relentless building of new settlements in Palestinian territories, erecting fences and walls, penning up its people in smaller and smaller areas like animals, hardly allowing them room to breathe; cruel and absolutely unconscionable. Israel has carried out a land, sea and air blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007, preventing all sorts of essential goods from entering. But, though its leaders continue to be heavily criticized by nations and leaders around the world, including weak, meaningless admonitions by the U.S. government, they have made it clear that they have no intention of backing off this highly aggressive agenda.
To see how the situation in Israel has evolved over decades, since that nation was created as a state in 1948, go to this link which shows how dramatically the territories controlled by Israel and Palestine have changed in size from 1946 to 2000. Look at the areas in brown, Palestinian territory, versus the white, that of Israel, and see how, over this period of time, the Palestinian portion has been so drastically reduced. Pictures are worth a thousand words and these maps illustrate perfectly how Israel has taken control of nearly the entire country.
When we think of all the cruelty that is involved with this suffocating system there is one act that stands out as one of the most egregious. That act involved Israeli commandos boarding ships of the Gaza bound Freedom Flotilla in 2010. In that confrontation eight Turkish nationals and one Turkish American were killed and many others were wounded. This was an illegal act committed in international waters but Israel was never properly taken to task for these vile acts and its government continues to deny that it did anything wrong.
Take your pick in describing the Israel of today; it's a rogue state, an apartheid state or a pariah state or, according to many close observers, it's all three rolled into one.