The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been raging for decades.  After reading “A Long Way Gone” I have seen similarities between the retaliatory natures of the two conflicts.  At the heart of this post is the speech mad by Ishmael at the UN conference.

            I am from Sierra Leon, and the problem that is affecting us children is the war that forces us to run away from are homes, lose our families, and aimlessly roam the forests.  As a result, we get involved in the conflict as soldiers, carriers of loads, and in many other difficult tasks.


            This is very similar to the situation between Israel and Palestine.  A recent BBC article highlights a Palestinian who was shot dead for trying to run over officers guarding the destruction of a home.  The home was being destroyed because it is a policy of Israel to destroy the home of people that attack Israel.  The Palestinians and the Israelis are losing there homes and there families and in Palestine they are force to roam aimlessly once those things are gone.  Those circumstances eventually lead youth to joining the conflict. 

            Ishmael speaks to the cycle of violence at the end of his speech at the UN


            What I have learned from my experience is that revenge is not good.  I joined the army to avenge the deaths of my family and to survive, but I’ve come to learn that if I am going to take revenge, in that process I will kill another person whose family will want revenge; then revenge and revenge and revenge will never come to an end…


            The cycle of violence that Ishmael experienced is very similar to the cycle that is currently going on in the Israel/ Palestine conflict.  Recently Israel killed some 1,200 civilians depending on who is reporting the information and based on the history of this conflict this will only bring about Palestinian responces and the Israeli ones.  It is hard to understand that a 15 year old boy can grasp this concept after a little more then 3 years of civil war and two countries haven’t learn this in a half century.  I understand that the issues go deeper into religious claims to property but both sides would be well served to read “A Long Way Gone.”

BBC article


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