This is the text of an email I received today from Oxfam. They’ve previously asked the usual utopian “peace” requests (international peacekeeping force in Darfur) over which I have argued with a rather nice lady via email.
This is the final straw for me. I have replied to Oxfam,
“The simple answer to “demand a ceasefire” is, no. There should be no outcome that leaves the murderous fanatics of Hamas in control. As of now, I am cutting my links with Oxfam.”
I have unsubscribed from the email list.
You don’t need to be reminded that fighting between the Israeli army and Hamas and other Palestinian militants has intensified in the past two weeks. At the heart of the fighting, innocent women, men and children are being killed, injured and displaced. Demand an immediate ceasefire and protect civilians on both sides The situation in Gaza was already severe – with a 19 month blockade cutting people off from essential supplies, and four out of five people largely dependent on food aid. But the current conflict has made things dramatically worse. Many people now have little or no access to clean water, food or electricity. Medical and sanitation systems are on the brink of collapse. Frankly, in the face of such suffering, short-term, piecemeal solutions are not the answer. Oxfam is joining thousands of other organisations around the world in demanding world leaders take responsibility for securing an immediate, comprehensive ceasefire – by both parties. No ifs. No buts. With a total ceasefire in place, vital humanitarian assistance can be delivered. Civilians on all sides can feel safer. And negotiations for a long-term solution for both communities can begin again. Demand an immediate ceasefire and protect civilians on both sides Please add your name to our call for peace. We’ll send your message directly to our leaders – and we’ll get back to you to tell you about the impact of your support. And finally, please spread this urgent message now by forwarding this email to your friends, colleagues and family. Together, we can make a difference.
I believe that this episode is typical of the sort of soft-leftist thinking, especially regarding warfare. They will not see past the casualties to the worse potential of unending warfare. Oxfam obviously take Hamas and its friends’ accusations at face value and I have not heard anything from Oxfam about the citizens of Israel in places like Sderot, whose lives have been ruined by constant terror attacks. I heard nothing from Oxfam about the displaced refugees in Georgia (from either side). Indeed this email smacks of a publicity stunt to screw more money out of western consumers feeling guilty at the selected photos and images beamed to them by the complient media.
This might not be anti-semitic but something is rotten in the state of Oxfam.