A year following the massacres in Gaza, between July 7th and August 26th, 2014, when Israel’s vastly disproportionate military campaign in Gaza killed over 2,250 Palestinians, including over 500 children and over 1400 civilians (73 Israelis also lost their lives, including 1 child and 6 civilians), the battle continues.
The battle for the hearts and minds of the public.
Supporters of Israel want the world to know that she has a right to “defend” herself. Supporters of Palestine want the world to know that Palestinians have a right to resist the occupation.
Both sides sound like broken records and I doubt that they’re convincing anyone to change their opinions.
Zionists are sounding like the drone in this BBC video, constantly buzzing with the same old Hasbara lies.
I want to scream! LOOK AT THE FACTS man, just the facts!
Here are some to ponder —– from the report of the U.N. Independent Investigation.
1. During the 51 day operation last summer, the IDF launched more than 6,000 airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. (para. 111) The IDF said it was supplied with more than 5,000 tons of munitions, a 533% increase over the weapons and munitions the IDF used in Operation Cast Lead in 2008-2009. (para. 408)
2. 142 families had 3 or more members killed in the same incident (742 fatalities) because of destruction of residential buildings. (para. #111)
3. 2251 Palestinians were killed, including 551 children, and 11,231 people were injured. (para. 574)
4. A significant % of civilians killed during the conflict died inside their home as a direct result of air-strikes or artillery shelling of their neighborhoods, making attacks on houses a key-feature of the conflict. (para. 243)
5. The IDF refused to allow Red Cross ambulances to help victims. In one example, the IDF opened the road to finally allow the ambulance in but then closed the road again and did not allow the ambulance to leave, and so the medics had to carry the injured out on their shoulders. (para. 332)
6. The family of a 70-year old woman left her behind in her wheelchair when they evacuated the home because they couldn’t take her. When they returned to the house, they found her dead, shot in the head at close range. The IDF posted a picture on Twitter showing a soldier offering water to this same old woman, a sadistic act of propaganda. (para. 333)
7. The IDF destroyed entire neighborhoods (Beit Hanoun, Shuja’iya, Khuza’a).
8. Despite the fact that the International Red Cross coordinated with the IDF in its rescue efforts, the IDF clearly targeted ambulances and medical personnel, killing 23 health professionals. (para. 458 – 462)
9. 18,000 homes were destroyed, and an estimated 80,000 homes and properties damaged. (para. 576)
10. During the fighting, approximately 500,000 people were displaced, which is 28% of the population in Gaza. (para. 577)
11. As of May 2015, approximately 100,000 remain displaced. (para. 579)
12. At least 4 young children died last winter in Gaza because their families were without shelter. (para.578)
13. 63 water facilities in Gaza were damaged, and 23 were completely destroyed. Sewage treatment plants and pumping stations were also destroyed. (para. 584)
14. One hospital and 5 clinics were destroyed. Fifteen hospitals and 51 clinics were damaged. (para. 591)
15. More than 1,500 children were orphaned. (para. 594)
16. Almost 800 women were widowed last summer. (para. 596)
A young Zionist on Facebook claims there is no moral equivalency between the State of Israel and her neighbors — implying that Israelis stand solidly on higher moral ground than do the Palestinians or Arabs in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt. Judging by the actions of the U.S. Congress, it appears many of our elected officials would agree with this young Zionist.
I don’t know what to do with this “moral equivalency” argument. How does anyone engage with another whose world-view and entire universe is built on a notion of superiority? Is building bridges even possible? If not, what is the alternative?