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  •  Yeah, it's also worth mentioning (15+ / 0-)

    one side is, uh -- OCCUPYING and CONTROLLING -- the other.

    Israel has a moral and legal obligation to allow Palestinian self-determination and violence perpetrated by Hamas or anyone else doesn't relieve them of that obligation.

    In moral and legal terms, it's no different from the conflicts in other parts of the Middle East. People have a right to be free, and Americans -- certainly liberals -- have generally supported the uprisings even when, as in Libya and Syria, the "democrats" include people who kill civilians and commit other war crimes. It's entirely possible -- indeed necessary -- to both denounce the killing of civilians and support the effort of Palestinians to live in freedom.

    •  Yes. (17+ / 0-)

      Look, the details of the chronology etc. matter, but fundamentally: any regime which perpetuates military rule over a hostile population for decades, will need to use repeated applications of violence to sustain that rule, because the subjects will resist.

      Israel has consistently refused to relinquish the occupation, in line with the demands of the Palestinian leadership, the Arab League, and the overwhelming consensus of international law and opinion. It has chosen instead to fragment the West Bank into a series of bantustans while systematically colonising its fertile areas with Israeli settlements, and to lay siege to Gaza, which is essentially a massive refugee camp, carefully controlling the amount of calories let through its borders and methodically preventing any economic development. That's the underlying structural cause of the current outbreak of violence, and of the violence will, undoubtedly, break out again in the future.

    •  And Middle Eastern dictators (14+ / 0-)

      have go nothin' on Israel's 'democracy.'

      The result of imposing the diet, Middle East scholar Juan Cole observes, is that "about 10 percent of Palestinian children in Gaza under age 5 have had their growth stunted by malnutrition. ... In addition, anemia is widespread, affecting over two-thirds of infants, 58.6 percent of schoolchildren, and over a third of pregnant mothers."

      Sourani, the human-rights advocate, observes that "what has to be kept in mind is that the occupation and the absolute closure is an ongoing attack on the human dignity of the people in Gaza in particular and all Palestinians generally. It is systematic degradation, humiliation, isolation and fragmentation of the Palestinian people."

      This conclusion has been confirmed by many other sources. In The Lancet, a leading medical journal, Rajaie Batniji, a visiting Stanford physician, describes Gaza as "something of a laboratory for observing an absence of dignity," a condition that has "devastating" effects on physical, mental and social well-being.

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