Build Gaza an Iron Dome

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The Gaza Iron Dome will protect civilians in Gaza and prevent yet more innocent deaths.
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Mia Thomas
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PREMISE:

The Iron Dome (also known as the Dual-Mission Counter Rocket, Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) and Very Short Range Air Defense (V-SHORAD) System) is a veritable feat of engineering which has saved thousands of lives.  It has prevented virtually all missiles fired reaching Israel since it's inception in 2011. There is no world in which this shouldn’t be celebrated. We believe there is also no world in which this incredible technology shouldn’t be SHARED.

It was largely funded by the US for the Israeli population[1].  This is all well and good, but as the Israelis rain down rockets on Gaza the question keeps popping up – in a world where politics leads governments around the world to staunchly back Israel in its quest to destroy Hamas and ignore the thousands of civilians being killed as collateral - who is going to subsidize similar technology for the people of Gaza?

As western governments release statement after statement supporting Israel's 'right to defend itself' whilst continuing to sell them arms, it dawned on us that we cannot rely on our leaders to be anything other than complicit in the killing of men, women and children in Gaza. The funding must come from the PEOPLE.

That means me, my mum, my nan, you, your mum, your nan, the guy you get your coffee from, his mum, his nan (etc, you get the picture).

Whether you are pro-Israel or pro-Palestine, Jewish or Muslim, Christian or atheist, whether you think a one or a two-state solution is the key or if you don’t pretend to have the solution, in no world is killing children acceptable. And yet children are being killed by Israeli rockets daily.  Providing Gaza with an iron dome does not have to be seen as a political move; it will even out the playing field and mean both Hamas and Israel can fire their deadly political statements without collectively punishing Palestinians and creating such an uneven death count.

Human life should be a celebration, but in times like these sometimes it seems like a degradation. By pledging to the Gaza Iron Dome you are helping save lives.

Should the $1 000 000 000 target needed to build Gaza its own life-saving Iron Dome not be reached, any money pledged will go charities working tirelessly to save lives in Gaza and across the world.  Through this campaign you can pledge to:

i) Medical Aid for Palestinians

ii) MSF - Gaza appeal & global appeals

iii) Amnesty International

Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP)  is saving lives in Gaza through delivering health and medical care to those worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement.  In the current crisis in Gaza MAP are providing vital support by delivering urgent medical supplies and distributing emergency kits to displaced families.

Medical Aid for Palestinians has been working in Gaza for over 20 years and has a permanent team on the ground there. They were ready immediately to respond when attacks escalated on the 7thJuly. For the first five days of attacks, MAP was the only UK charity delivering supplies to the hospitals in Gaza. [2]

MSF is a world renowned charity whose charter states: 

Médecins Sans Frontières provides assistance to populations in distress, to victims of natural or man-made disasters and to victims of armed conflict. They do so irrespective of gender, race, religion, creed or political convictions. MSF observes neutrality and impartiality in the name of universal medical ethics and the right to humanitarian assistance and claims full and unhindered freedom in the exercise of its functions.

Amnesty International work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

They are currently running a very important anti-arms campaign which can be found here

FACT CORNER:

·  The average age of people in Gaza is 18.2 years[3]

·  Over 1000 people have been killed in the last 4 weeks[4]

·  Of these over a third are children[5] (although this is contentious as there are ongoing disagreements between the UN and Israel about how many have been killed).  

·  The UN estimates that 70% of deaths are innocent civilians [6]

·  Israel first made use of its cutting edge iron dome in April 2011[7]

·  It was built by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems costing billions of dollars - which was subsidized by the US[8]

·  Putting the iron dome in place was not a one off act of generosity though as each use of the dome costs around $60 000[9] and recent news says that Israel will be getting more and more money from the US.[10]

·  Israel has a population of 7,730793[11] (smaller than that of London) and has received approximately 1/3 of all US foreign aid budget[12]

BACKGROUND:

The Iron Dome is a system designed to intercept and destroy short-range rockets and artillery shells fired from distances of 4 to 70 kilometres away and whose trajectory would take them to a populated area. Given that Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas in the world [13] and Israel sending an average of .., rockets a day the Iron Dome seems like a perfectly transferable technology – it was even designed for the same terrain!

The U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of the time (R. Nicholas Burns) said in 2007 of the $30 billion contract given by the US to Israel to build the iron dome “We consider this 30 billion dollars in assistance to Israel to be an investment in peace – in long-term peace.”[14] With the gift of hindsight long term peace is further away than ever and all that is being achieved is loss of life.

Let us be more transparent as we raise funds for the Gaza Iron Dome – we consider this to be an investment not in an unrealistic and unfairly weighted peace but simply in human life.  Israel claims a right to defend itself by sending rockets down on an unprotected population but civilians should never be killed by being caught in political cross fire.  Let us provide Gaza with its own state of the art defence technology, because life is more important than politics and the hundreds of youths that have been killed were not terrorists and did not deserve death.

Rockets come and rockets go but the ones that last are the ones that kill boys playing on the beach, not those that never make it through the iron dome.




[1]  http://fas.org/sgp/crs/mideast/RL33222.pdf

[2] http://www.map-uk.org/news/archive/post/115-gaza-crisis-maps-response-so-far

[3] https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2177.html).

[4] http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_sitrep_29_07_2014.pdf)  

[5] http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6153151/k.5AE1/West_Bank_and_Gaza_Strip.htm

[6] http://edition.cnn.com/2014/07/28/world/meast/mideast-crisis/

[7] http://www.haaretz.com/news/diplomacy-defense/iron-dome-successfully-intercepts-gaza-rocket-for-first-time-1.354696

[8] http://www.defensedaily.com/congress-appropriates-235-million-for-israeli-iron-dome-procurement-2/

[9] http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/07/economist-explains-12

[10] http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-07-23/israel-s-iron-dome-defense-in-line-for-tripled-u-dot-s-dot-aid

[11] http://worldpopulationreview.com/countries/israel-population/

[12] http://www.wrmea.org/wrmea-archives/494-congress-a-us-aid-to-israel/9748-u-s-financial-aid-to-israel-figures-facts-and-impact.html

[13] http://www.undp.ps/en/aboutundp/aboutpalpp.html

[14] http://2001-2009.state.gov/p/us/rm/2007/91291.htm


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