The UN Commission appointed to investigate “Operation Protective Edge,” the Israeli attack on Gaza last summer, published its findings last week. As expected—to anybody with eyes and half a brain—the report strongly condemns the Israeli attacks on civilian targets–which, it says, “may” have been war crimes.
And as usual, Israel refused to respond to any requests for information and barred the investigators from traveling to the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip or to present-day Israel.What are they afraid of? What they’re always afraid of—international scrutiny. Israel for too long has controlled the framing and the narrative. And the West has always been duped by their brilliant art of obfuscating the truth.
2,251 Palestinians were killed, including 1,462 Palestinian civilians, among them 551 children, the report states. More than 11,000 Palestinians, including 3,540 women and 3,436 children, were injured with almost 10 percent suffering permanent disabilities.
What is shocking given the carnage visited on Gazans —was the pathetic attempt to be ‘balanced’. 6 Israeli civilians, all children of God and 67 soldiers equally precious while 73 people, including six civilians, died on the Israeli side. Who are these people kidding? Who are they afraid of? Given the horrific destruction of Gazan infrastructure compared to the largely impotent Hamas rockets. Ali Abunimah said it, “This is the habitual refuge of international officials hoping to avoid false accusations of anti-Israel bias, the evidence shows that the scale and impact of Israeli violence dwarfs anything allegedly done by Palestinians.”
Senior Hamas official Ghazi Hamas said that its rockets and mortars were aimed at Israeli military sites, not at civilians. He also criticized the UN investigators for the false “balance”. No kidding.
And how about this for chutzpah? Israeli officials also responded to the report calling it “biased” and saying it has “blood on its hand for allowing the murder of Jews.” Not even a nod to the shocking disproportionate slaughter of Palestinian people. No shame at all. These are the words of a thug who represents a country which more and more resembles an army with a flag.
One never loses hope in the Jewish prophetic.On June 22 in Haaretz the fearless columnist Amira Hass wrote:
In our homes, our streets and our places of work and entertainment, there are thousands of people who killed and tortured thousands of other people or supervised their killing and torture. I write “thousands” as a substitute for the vaguer “countless” – an expression for something that cannot be measured.
The vast majority of those who kill and torture (now as well) are proud of their deeds, and their society and families are proud of their deeds – although usually it’s impossible to find a direct link between the names of the dead and the tortured and the names of those who kill and torture, and even when it is possible, it’s forbidden. It’s also forbidden to say “murderers.” And it’s forbidden to write “lowlifes” or “cruel people.”
Me, cruel? After all, our hands aren’t covered with blood when we push the button that drops a bomb on a building housing 30 members of a single family. Lowlife? How can we use that word to describe a 19-year-old soldier who kills a 14-year-old boy who went outside to pick an edible plant?
The Jewish killers and torturers and their direct commanders act as they do with official permission. The Palestinian dead and tortured that they have left behind over the past 67 years also have grieving nieces and families for whom bereavement is a constant presence. In university hallways, shopping malls, buses, gas stations and government ministries, Palestinians don’t know which of the people they encounter have killed, or which and how many members of their families and their people they have killed.
But what’s certain is that their killers and torturers are walking around free. As heroes.