Murder can never be justified whatever
the reason – security, a cause, or strongly held
The pummelling of Gaza by the Israeli state – from
schools to hospitals – is nothing short of murder. It’s
a war crime. It’s state-sponsored terrorism, no better
or worse than Hamas’ terrorism and crimes.
Those who side with the Israeli state because they
despise the Islamists as well as those who side with
Hamas because they despise Israeli government
war-mongering forget one thing. They do more of what
each side does to the other. They justify the mass
dehumanisation and collective blame on countless
innocent people caught in the crossfire of terrorists.
Whilst many more Palestinians have been killed than
Israelis (1,800 Palestinians - mainly civilians to 67
Israelis - 3 civilians), it’s not because Hamas hasn’t
tried. It’s just that Israeli military defences are
better. Nonetheless, all those killed are human first
before they are Israeli or Palestinian. Many of them,
like people everywhere, want to see themselves and their
children live another day.
We must too.
In taking sides with those committing war crimes, we
fail to see the humanity of those no longer with us and
in the process, begin to lose our own humanity.
In this latest Israeli offensive on Gaza, the world
truly does “stand