GUEST COMMENTARY-Israel vowed revenge for the murder of three abducted teens, and swiftly, fiercely they have taken it: Within days and sometimes hours, they have killed at least eight young Palestinians, demolished the homes of the families of two Hamas suspects, announced sweeping new settlements, and pounded Gaza in over 30 missile attacks.
Amnesty International has called for justice for the teens, not random, illegal collective punishment.
Many others have called out a selective sympathy that more deeply feels, mourns and condemns the unfathomable loss of one child, any child - tragically, a pain many Israeli and Palestinian families share - over another.
"While everyone will remember Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, no one will remember Ali, Mohammad or Mustafa," writes one observer. "They will become "digits in a casualty data collection ... whose killers will never be named or brought to trial."
So, too, for Nadim Nuwara (family in photo above), 17, a Palestinian protester killed by Israeli forces, who in his short life "survived a premature birth and a car accident, but did not survive the occupation."
"An eye for an eye will make the whole world blind." - Mahatma Gandhi
(Abby Zimet writes the Further column for CommonDreams.org … where this commentary was first posted.)
Vol 12 Issue 54
Pub: Jul 4, 2014