I’ve taken the liberty of translating a Facebook status of my friend – and now colleague at our sister site in Hebrew, Local Call – Orly Noy, because she deals with an issue that I’ve seen many of my social media “friends” (most of them Anglos abroad or in Israel) raise time and again. Every time I see it, it makes me sick.
It’s the argument that the world will only be happy if they see more Israelis die in this operation. I can’t think of a more disgusting argument. Actually, the world would be happier if Israel stopped dropping one-ton bombs on families and children. But Orly’s status pretty much sums up what I feel:
‘The main argument presented by Israel’s critics can be summarized in a single sentence: Not enough of your children are dying.’ With this sentence Yair Lapid opens his op-ed, published today in Britain’s The Telegraph.
In my eyes, this sentence coming from a senior Israeli minister is the most despicable of all the disgusting slogans and comments that I’ve seen and heard throughout this whole damn war, and I’ve read and heard a lot. In his sneaky manner, the Finance Minister turns the disgust from the number of dead Palestinian children (over 120) into hinted death wishes for Israeli children. This is not only despicable, this is violent and dangerous incitement, even truly anti-semitic, which sees any criticism of the war as thirst for the blood of Jewish children, and it is flung directly from the government table of the only democracy in the Middle East.
I just want to add that as of today, the number of Palestinian children killed is estimated at over 190.