The two magical words — “It’s complicated!”
They diminish any inquiry or argument; they absolve the need for an explanation; they give a convenient pass for the rest of us to remain ignorant; and they obfuscate rather than enlighten.
The next time you hear — “It’s complicated!” — be offended and push hard for the explanation.
You might hear that climate change is complicated, leading to feelings of despair and disempowerment.
I most frequently hear — “It’s complicated!” — with the topic of the Middle East and Gaza.
Why is Israel confining 2 million Palestinians in the largest open air prison in the world, preventing them from traveling, and enforcing a 12 year economic siege against them that has resulted in de-development of the Gaza Strip? “It’s complicated!”
Why are Palestinians of every age and background spontaneously rising up and participating in the #GreatReturnMarch every Friday, risking death and dismemberment? “It’s complicated!”
Why are Israeli sharpshooters stationed at the Gaza fence killing unarmed protesters, medics, journalists and children every Friday like clockwork? “It’s complicated!”
Why are the parents of these young children allowing them to join the #GreatReturnMarch? “It’s complicated!”
NONE OF IT IS COMPLICATED. It’s actually very simple.
Israel removed its Jewish settlers from the Gaza Strip in 2005 and created the open-air prison for the Palestinian refugees there because it’s easier to dehumanize, control and kill the “other” when they are physically separated from us. We have experience with that methodology from the Warsaw Ghetto. “It’s simple!”
In 2012, the United Nations predicted that Gaza would be unlivable by 2020. Since then, Israel has launched two military operations against Gaza in 2012 and 2014, killing thousands, maiming tens of thousands, and destroying the infrastructure and key economic sectors in the Gaza Strip. Gaza is unlivable today (2018). That’s why Palestinians of every age and background are spontaneously rising up and participating in the #GreatReturnMarch every Friday, risking death and dismemberment. “It’s simple!”
Israeli sharpshooters are killing Palestinians demonstrating at the Gaza fence every Friday because they have received orders to shoot to kill, in clear violation of international law. There have been no reprecussions. No one has been held accountable. “It’s simple!”
Why are parents allowing their children to join the #GreatReturnMarch? Rather than blame the victims, the question needs to be clearly recentered — why are Israeli sharpshooters killing children? Let’s not obfuscate the facts and absolve the perpetrators of this gross inhumanity.
We need leaders with moral clarity who will speak the simple truth as Representative Betty McCollum is doing with her bill to protect the human rights of Palestinian children held in military detention by Israel. (H.R. 4391)
We need soldiers in every battlefield telling us the simple truth.
And we need to keep our hearts and minds open to be able to hear the truth. It’s not complicated!