Monday, July 10

Palestinian Body Armor (Editorial Cartoon)

"Palestinian body armor" (Cox & Forkum)

"The Palestinian casualties, while mostly gunmen, include civilians. On Saturday a woman and her two children were killed in a blast at their house and four other family members were wounded.

"Israeli military officials said they weren't responsible. They said the only military activity in the area was a successful airstrike on a cell firing anti-tank missiles.

"In Gaza City, hundreds of people joined a funeral procession for the family. The body of 6-year-old Rawan Hajaj was carried on a bloodstained stretcher, her face exposed and body covered in a flag of the Islamic Jihad militant group. In a show of unity, gunmen from rival Palestinian factions fired into the air.

"Late Saturday, the United Nations accused Israel of widespread human rights violations and hardship to civilians. It said the operations "have seen innocent civilians, including children, killed, brought increased misery to hundreds of thousands of people and ... will wreak far-reaching harm on Palestinian society."

"Israeli officials rejected the criticism.

"'Anybody who calls this operation disproportionate has no clue about the facts on the ground. We have been attacked and bombarded for months and weeks," Cabinet minister Yitzhak Herzog said Sunday. "With all due respect to all those who criticize us, if anything of this nature would have happened in their homeland, they would have acted much worse.'

"'The simplest thing really is to release the soldier, stop the rocket fire and then things will return to normal,' Justice Minister Haim Ramon, who is close to Olmert, told Israel Radio."

More thoughtful discussion about the notion of "sacrifice" and "self-interest" among Palestinians after the jump.

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