Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Yes, because ...

The headline reads Fury in Israel at Remark Linking Gaza to Toulouse .

Of course the Israelis are furious. They've perfected Othering when it comes to Gaza, yet it's such a fragile state that it can bear no scrutiny. Ever. So of course they're furious - even though, as it turns out, the headline wasn't talking about the gunman's statements that the killings were to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children and to protest French military involvement deployments abroad, but rather remarks made by the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, in which she spoke of
"young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances. The Belgian children having lost their lives in a terrible tragedy, and when we think of what happened in Toulouse today, when we remember what happened in Norway a year ago, when we see what is happening in Gaza and Sderot, in different parts of the world — we remember young people and children who lose their lives."
And apparently that kind of statement simply cannot stand.
During a visit to Chengdu, China, Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s foreign minister, described Ms. Ashton’s remarks as "unworthy." He added that the children Ms. Ashton should have been thinking about were “the children of southern Israel who live in constant fear of rocket attacks launched from Gaza,” according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.
Yes, because Israeli children living in fear is worse than Palestinian children dying.

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