It has been years since I’ve written about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Criticizing the Church is easy compared with addressing American ignorance about Palestine, where a people subjected to genocide in the past has become the main aggressor. US power perpetuates the horror. It raises such feelings of anger and rage in me....... what it must feel like to Palestinians!
Many residents compare Gaza to an open-air prison hemmed in by Israel, the Mediterranean Sea and the closed Egyptian border.
That Hamas’s rocket attacks do not distinguish between military and civilian targets is criminal. But what defines the moral difference between Palestinians and the Jews of Israel is that Israelis have a state of their own, while Palestinians have lived without rights under Israel’s military occupation that has lasted nearly half a century.During Israel’s War of Independence when the Jews of Palestine were fighting for a state of their own, they too targeted civilian areas and committed atrocities against Palestinian civilians in order to encourage the exodus of 700,000 Arabs from their homes, . . .Israeli authors documented the crimes and sought to justify them by arguing that there would not have been a Jewish state without them.Why would that argument not serve to justify Hamas’s crimes as well?Mr. Netanyahu is fond of declaring that the difference “between us and them” is that Israelis do not celebrate the deeds of terrorists. Apparently he is not aware that Israelis not only have named streets for the heads of Jewish terrorist groups (the Irgun and the Stern Gang), but elected them—Menachem Begin and Yitzhak Shamir—as heads of state.Henry Siegman, New York
The developments followed a relatively quiet night, in which the Israeli military bombed 25 sites in Gaza.