We have been supporters of the Palestinian cause for a long time. It’s a simple matter of justice: a people need a viable state, and protection from an under-the-radar occupation that is clearly illegal under UN law.
Poverty is extreme, unemployment sky-high, human rights violated on a day to day basis. Having been there, I can understand why people have turned to violence in pursuit of their cause. When Israel is funded to the tune of billions of dollars, and virtually given a carte-blanche to ignore UN resolutions, it can seem impossibly hopeless. And hopelessness causes human beings to fall, like trapped animals, into sub-human behaviour.
Even so, the kidnap of Alan Johnston, and the recent reports of his murder, leave me not only utter disgusted, but hugely frustrated at the plight of the Palestinians once again being blighted by the foolishness of one group or another. They are doing nobody any favours keeping captive – or worse – a man who has faithfully and truthfully reported their horrific situation.
One can only pray that the reports turn out to be unfounded and, beyond that, that a Palestinian movement of non-violent resistance will find it’s MLK or Gandhi.