The right to resist oppression was the spirit behind the bloody American Revolution of the 1700's.
The The American Thinker said the recent violence in Gaza was "sparked by a Hamas anti-tank missile attack on an Israeli jeep on patrol along the Israel-Gaza border." Others have cited recent missile attacks aimed at Israel by Hamas fighters. Few in the West blame the O word.
Few have reminded us of the Palestinians' right to resist occupation. It's The Occupation, stupid.
Occupation puts people under the military control of an occupying force even if it is not physically present, as in Gaza. If the occupying power is in a position to take military control over the whole area then effective military control persists. Since June of 1967 Israel has occupied Gaza. The "disengagement" of 2005 did not end the occupation since Israel still controls Gaza's airspace and territorial waters, and does not allow the movement of goods in or out of Gaza by air or sea.
The Declaration on Granting Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 1960 General Assembly Resolution 1514 (XV) legitimizes a peoples right to resist occupation in any manner they can.
We do not condone violence. We abhor it. We also understand that it is easier for us, who stand outside the arena of oppression, to talk of peaceful measures than it is for an oppressed people to think in such calm terms. Have you ever considered what your feelings would be if you were living in Boston in 1776?
The right to resist oppression is the universal right that fueled the American and French revolutions. It seems to be fueling the Gazan actions of late. The way to peace is quite simple. Israel must end its illegal occupation. Until they do so the people of Israel will bear the burden of the oppressor: a constant, unsettling, and destructive undercurrent of an insurgency that will not quit.