Can't remember if I've already posted this article
but it's an important rebuttal of key Israeli propaganda myths, in particular:
6) This current Gaza conflict began with Hamas rocket fire on 30 June 2014
Times of Israel: "Hamas operatives were behind a large volley of rockets which slammed into Israel Monday morning, the first time in years the Islamist group has directly challenged the Jewish state, according to Israeli defense officials.. The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, assessed that Hamas had probably launched the barrage in revenge for an Israeli airstrike several hours earlier which killed one person and injured three more.. Hamas hasn't fired rockets into Israel since Operation Pillar of Defense ended in November 2012." The Nation: "During ten days of Operation Brother's Keeper in the West Bank [before the start of the Gaza conflict], Israel arrested approximately 800 Palestinians without charge or trial, killed nine civilians and raided nearly 1,300 residential, commercial and public buildings. Its military operation targeted Hamas members released during the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange in 2011."
7) Hamas has never stopped firing rockets into Israel
Jewish Daily Forward: "Hamas hadn't fired a single rocket since [2012 Gaza conflict], and had largely suppressed fire by smaller jihadi groups. Rocket firings, averaging 240 per month in 2007, dropped to five per month in 2013." International Crisis Group: "Fewer rockets were fired from Gaza in 2013 than in any year since 2001, and nearly all those that were fired between the November 2012 ceasefire and the current crisis were launched by groups other than Hamas; the Israeli security establishment testified to the aggressive anti-rocket efforts made by the new police force Hamas established specifically for that purpose.. As Israel (and Egypt) rolled back the 2012 understandings - some of which were implemented spottily at best - so too did Hamas roll back its anti rocket efforts."
It's easy to advise Palestinians to turn the other cheek when you're thousands of miles away, but you can't realistically expect them to do nothing in the face of yet another Israeli onslaught. They have a right - an obligation, in fact - to resist. Alright, that resistance might not amount to much militarily but what's the alternative? The task facing the Palestinians is even harder than that which faced black South Africans under apartheid. At least then the white South African ruling class was dependent on black labour, so black workers had some leverage in that respect. Israel isn't dependent on Palestinian labour to anything like the same extent. And with the Cold War drawing to a close, there was no longer any prospect of South Africa falling into the Soviet orbit by the early '90s so the apartheid regime could be safely ditched. The geopolitical situation is much different in the Middle East - the US needs Israel to help it divide Arabs and thereby exert some degree of control over energy resources in the region.
Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.