Uri Avnery decribes in detail the harrowing sequence of events that have happened in Israel recently, starting with the murder of three Israeli youth, an atrocity that ignited a fire that was fanned by Israeli politicians to create massive anti-Arab anger that then led to the horrific burning alive of a Palestinian teenager and the vicious beating of his American cousin by Israeli security forces (video), the launching of missiles at Israel by Hamas, and then the massive assault by Israel on Gaza, the latest in a long series, resulting in over one hundred deaths of Palestinians and the numbers still increasing, with even a hospital and a home for the disabled being bombed.
Max Blumenthal links to a video of a father beseeching his dead two-year old child to wake up. It is harrowing.
There have been no deaths among Israelis because of their ‘Iron Dome’ missile interceptor system that was partly funded by US taxpayers. This dramatic asymmetry in deaths has made the US media’s task of trying to create their favored symmetric narrative difficult, though Atrios provides a headline that reveals they are still trying.
On NPR, an Israeli spokesperson made the extraordinary claim that Palestinians should be grateful that Israel has this shield because if any Israelis had died, the assault on Gaza would have been even harsher. However massive the assault, the fact that it could have been even worse because of Israel’s overwhelming military superiority is supposed to be taken as a sign of restraint. I expect some people to next claim that Israel is to be commended for not dropping nuclear bombs on Gaza, the way the some US supporters of the war in Vietnam used to say in defense of the US’s massive bombing campaigns on that hapless country.