This tally is the Israeli military's idea of an eye for an eye.
It is time for those of us who do not buy Israel's repeatedly rationalized massacres to make known our disgust, revulsion and moral contempt toward the brutality of the Israeli regime's long-running fallacy of "self-defense."
Latest chapter: Hamas launches rockets at southern Israel, killing four Israelis. Israel replies with airstrikes that kill 375 Palestinians. We are still counting the casualties, which the U.N. says include at least 60 Palestinian civilians and three Israeli civilians.
375 to 4.
60 to 3.
Among the Palestinian civilians killed by Israeli attacks were five sisters who died in their beds when Israeli missiles blasted a mosque next door to their home in a refugee camp. Their names were Jawaher, aged four; Dina, aged eight; Samar, 12; Ikram, 15; and Tahrir, 17. Those are their bodies pictured above. Their father, Anwar Balousha, 37, told The Independent that amid the long-term wreckage of the Intifada he is able to work only one month a year, selling bread during Ramadan, and his family survives on U.N. relief rations and welfare.
I am choosing to tell you about five dead Palestinian sisters rather than three dead Israeli civilians not because any one life counts more than any other, but because I believe that those on the receiving end of a 90-to-1 overall death ratio and a 20-to-1 civilian death ratio deserve a little more of our attention right now.
There is so much that is so reprehensible, and so stupidly self-defeating, about Israel's behavior that it is a challenge to even summarize it here: The absurdity of the continued claim of an armed-to-the-teeth Israel that its spectacularly bloody overreactions are necessary for its very survival. The barbarity of Israel's repeatedly killing exponentially more of its adversaries than it suffers in casualties and then calling it parity. The sickening hypocrisy of an Israeli regime whose response to its own historically horrific holocaust has been to make itself a ruthless territorial aggressor and military mass murderer. The emptiness of Israel's claim that Hamas is to blame for innocent Palestinian casualties because it mixes with the civilian population -- as if the Israeli military does not have full knowledge of this as it aims at targets in populated areas. The sheer idiocy of Israel's incessant belief that it can break Palestinian support of Hamas by continually feeding Hamas' desire for martyrdom and by stoking virulent Palestinian hatred of Israelis.
America's transparently one-sided support for such Israeli policies -- whereby the U.S. offers gentle admonitions, if any, for Israeli excesses and fierce condemnation for Palestinian ones -- makes matters even worse, giving the Israeli government continued confidence in its recklessness.
British journalist Robert Fisk writes well about this disastrous course, and about its long history, in an op-ed that I recommend.
If you, like many, cannot stomach the atrocity that American-supported Israeli foreign policy has become, it is time to speak out. Because if you pay taxes, much of the weaponry raining down disproportionately on Palestinians comes from you.