Why do you die on TV, Gaza?
Left: So far, seventy children have been killed in the first week of various fatalistic air strikes on the defenseless population of Gaza. (Photo: AFP)
Why Do You Die On TV?
By Daphna Baram
Silly children why do you die?
Why do you die on TV?
We took out our settlers, put a wall around you, locked you in, and still you are ungrateful. Cant you understand our need to bomb you?
Why do you die on TV?
The world is all against us, it always will be, why cant you help us a little, why do you die on TV?
Your suffering masks our historical rights, your ghetto makes ours forgotten. You are the new martyrs, and whats left for us? How dare you die in anonymous mass? We'll send all our air force to punish you now, how dare you die on TV.
Left: Smoke billows in the air over Gaza as F-16s, warships, tanks, artillery batteries and hellicopter gun ships maim their dead in Gaza, in the Gaza dead end--prison. (Photo: AFP)
The public is calling for crushing you down, elections are due, it is a war of survival. It's our homes we defend, it's our natural right, it's the chair in the government for which we will fight, if you do not understand, we shall show you our might, why do you die on TV?
You have to appreciate, time is now scarce, soon enough the tide is to turn. If you will in your cruelty make us march in, and our soldiers, our children, will start dying in your narrow allies, our people will turn on us as swiftly as sin. The gung ho cries would stop, a new circle will begin: what are we doing there? Who sent us in? What is this folly? Why cant we just win?
Left: 5 children dead in one-felt-strike swoop unto Gaza when Israel bombed a Mosque, a holy house of worship. (Photo: Eman Mohammed / Demotix)
This is why, silly children, we do not mean to kill you, but we need you do die fast. We need you gone as long as our permission lasts. We need your parents to learn to not mess with us. Cant you do us this favor, for the sake of peace and trust? But please do not die on TV.
We tried it in Jordan, we tried it in Lebanon and when it failed we tried again. No one could blame us for lack of persistence; if our method is broken why fix it? It is your responsibility to make it work at last. It is your responsibility to make us right.
And you have no-one but yourselves to blame if you keep defying us, you have no-one but yourself to blame for turning our claim for victimhood into a farce. It is your fault that we expose our children to your pathetic rockets; it is your fault that not enough of them die to make us look good on TV.
We want to stop, we really do, but you are binding our hands. Why do you enrage us so, why do you die; why do you die on TV?
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Daphna Baram is an Israeli writer and poet based in London.