Is­rael kills, but it’s not called ter­ror­ism

Mail & Guardian - - Comment & Analysis -

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.

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