Israel kills, but it’s not called terrorism
The most powerful military force in the Middle East faces an impoverished and essentially unarmed population. In the most brutal and cowardly fashion, it is slaughtering civilians who have faced an economic siege, the destruction of their livelihoods, repeated bombardments and military assaults over the past 11 years.
Of the 197 killed by Israeli forces since the protests began, a staggering number are children — about 44, or one-quarter of the total.
The nature of their injuries shows that Israeli soldiers are using highvelocity military weapons.
Imagine what the response would be if Palestinians assembled snipers on the border with Israel and shot and killed unarmed Israeli protesters.
The fact that the Israeli military’s killing of Palestinian protesters isn’t considered terrorism shows the vicious double standard held by those shaping the policies and narratives in this situation: Israelis and Americans are seen as human beings. Palestinians are not.