Is Gaza A Prison Camp?

No, David Cameron is wrong about that.  Gaza isn’t a prison camp, it’s a ghetto.

David Cameron has been condemned by Israel for describing Gaza as a ‘prison camp’ on his visit to Turkey. Addressing businessmen in the capital Ankara, the Prime Minister said: ‘The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions. Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp.’ Later, at press conference with the Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mr Cameron condemned the Israeli attack on a Gaza aid flotilla in May which left nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists dead.

But he’s so wrong. People are in prison because they’ve been arrested, tried, convicted and sentenced by a legitimate court of law. On the other hand, people are forced to live sequestered in ghetto’s by oppressive governments in order to control them. Ghettos have served the needs of repressive governments for a very long time.

One would imagine that a people who had themselves been ‘ghetto-ized’ by Nazi Germany would be sure not to treat anyone else the way they had been treated. But I suppose ‘political expediency’ or ‘national security’ are ‘legitimate’ reasons to do the very evil done.