When is enough actually enough?
One of the few Arabic words I know well, and hear a great deal in the streets is ‘khalas’, one of the words for ‘enough’. You hear is shouted everywhere, especially within families! But if you ask an Arabic speaker what the word for ‘enough’ is, they give you a list of alternatives, and ask whether you mean ‘enough’ in colloquial or formal Arabic. It’s a rich language, much more so than English.
The colloquial Arabic Khalas literally means Stop. When you hear khalas in the streets, it means Stop.
Given all that is happening between Israel and Gaza, with so far 1,336 deaths on the Gaza side, 74% of which are civilians and include 243 children and 131 women, against 59 deaths on the Israeli side, of which 5% are civilians (2 Israeli’s and 1 Thai worker), the rest being killed in active combat, surely for the sake of the overwhelming loss of civilian population of Gaza enough is enough.
In case we are confused, in international law, in the arena of war, such targeting of civilians is deemed a crime of war, and yet day by day the civilian death total rises in Gaza. (100 yesterday in case you happen to switch off for the day). Apparently these lives are merely collateral damage, human shields for a terrorist organisation which has to be defeated whatever the cost. It is a shame that some lives are lost, but I see little real concern. After all they aren’t real people – apparently insects to be crushed in the words of one leading Israeli politician. Some of them children sleeping next to parents in a school room within a UN compound which had sent out 17 messages to the Israeli Defence Force informing them of the presence of the new families who had had to relocate due to previous IDF bombing warnings. Surely enough is enough.
And this does not include the wounded, now into their many thousands, and soon heading towards 10,000 – not shipped to well equipped medical facilities, or the psychiatrist’s chair to talk through their stress related issues, but left in an effective prison increasingly without medicines, food, water or power. Left to slowly die of wounds, or disease which is on the increase. Surely enough is enough.
When is the world going to cry Stop? We are all degraded by this. Where’s our humanity? We are losing our souls as we try and legitimise this action, or effectively say this is nothing to do with us, or try to argue that this is an equal fight. If it is, why don’t the numbers add up? Surely enough is enough.
And who will win? No-one, because this is all about loss – of life, of respect, of dignity, of soul, of humanity. Peacemakers on both sides are being verbally and physically attacked. There is much talk about the rights of one side to defend itself from another. When shall we hear again the voice of responsibility for offering life and hope to both sides in this enduring conflict? Enough is enough….and you and I should do something about it.
Enough. Khalas. Stop this massacre.