I have been humbled in the past few days. A reader of this blog pointed out my utter failure to write anything about the situation in Gaza. I cited my ridiculously busy life as a feeble excuse but the truth is, I don’t know what to say. I am overwhelmingly saddened and angry about the massacre of Palestinians that is being excused as the right to defend Israel. I cannot look at the images coming out of Gaza anymore. They are unbearable to see. This was one of the reports that sickened me beyond belief. The death of a Palestinian doctor’s children that was caught on camera. It’s terrible to watch but made worse by the fact that this is just one story out of thousands.
No words or commentary can explain what is happening there in the same way as the images that we are seeing. The pain and suffering of innocent people cannot be explained or understood with words. I just sit and look at the photographs and videos that are coming out of Gaza and I feel helpless and hopeless. When does the defense of Israel become an unacceptable excuse for murder (and perhaps war crimes?). In my opinion, the line was crossed at the beginning of this latest offensive and we have been helplessly watching ever since.
Calls for an immediate cease-fire have been ignored.
Demonstrations and petitions have been ignored.
Our rage and disgust has been ignored.
The deaths and injuries of innocent Palestinian men, women and children have been ignored.
And this will not be the last time that this happens in Gaza…