Free Palestine-From Whom?

The chants have been heard around the world: Free Palestine.

My question is, from whom should they be free from?

Free from the Israeli’s, who despite the violence, destruction and hateful rhetoric that comes out of the Gaza strip and the West Bank, provide food, supplies, electricity and medical care to the people who live in West Bank and Gaza?

Israel pulled out of Gaza nearly 10 years ago.  The rest of the world told them it was the right thing to do, despite the protests from Israelis who were living in Gaza and others outside of Israel. This was an opportunity for the Palestinians to build up their economy and their people. The money they received should have been used to build homes, school and hospitals. Instead it was used to buy bombs and build tunnels.

Or should they be free from Hamas, who they elected to lead them? Hamas, who puts rockets under civilian populations and knowing that Israel has sent warnings to the people of Gaza, encourages people to stay in their homes and become human shields?

Hamas, who then exploits the causalities for their benefit in front of the world and the world press. They use images and other media that has nothing to do with the current conflict to their advantage.

Some people say that IDF response is disproportionate. Let me ask you this. If you had a neighbor who on a daily basis, if they weren’t talking trash about you and your family, they were throwing rocks at your home and destroying your property? Would you sit back and just take it? Or would you step up and protect your home and your family?

If your thinking that I have  no sympathy for the people who live in Gaza, I do. No one should be  suffering and dying in a way that these people are dying. However, Hamas was legally elected by the people of Gaza to lead them.  If they wanted a legitimate democratic country and peace with Israel, they would find a way to make it happen. But that is not what is happening over there.

The next time you hear Free Palestine or see some idiotic tweet from a celebrity whose head is in their ass, do some research and then make up your mind. Can I tell you what to think or how to feel? No. But I can suggest that you look up the facts for yourself before making such a statement.



Keep Your Kid In The Seat: An Open Letter To NYC Parents

Dear New York City Parents

I an aware that parenting is a challenge.  In this crazy,  always on the move, 24/7/365 city that we call home,  parenting is even more complicated.

I do have one request of NYC parents, especially if they have young kids and rely on public transportation to get around: teach your kids that the train car is not a playground.

I was on the train yesterday afternoon. A woman with a little boy, around 4 or 5 years old, got on with me. This little boy preceded to use the train car as his own personal playground.  The mother did next to nothing to keep her child in a seat. Now this is not the case every day. There are plenty of parents who can keep their child entertained and sitting while traveling on public transportation.

Imagine if this little boy had gotten hurt. The only person at fault would be the mother who did not keep her child in a seat while traveling on a moving subway car. Not the city, not the MTA, but the mother.

In conclusion, I ask that you, the NYC living, MTA riding parent, teach your child to stay seated while on the train. For your sanity and for mine.

I thank you for your time.

A fellow rider of the NYC MTA

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