Gideon Levy is a brave man.
He writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. He writes searchingly and honestly and he points out things about the current mindset and zeitgeist in Israel which are truly shocking, things which the British media do not reflect. His latest piece in Haaretz starts thus:
There was a massacre in Jerusalem on Tuesday in which five Israelis were killed. There was a war in Gaza over the summer in which 2,200 Palestinians were killed, most of them civilians. A massacre shocks us; a war, less so. Massacres have culprits; wars don’t. Murder by axe is more appalling than murder by rifle, and far more horrendous than bombing helpless people trying to take shelter.
Terror is always Palestinian, even when hundreds of Palestinian civilians are killed. The name and face of Daniel Tragerman, the Israeli boy killed by mortar fire during Operation Protective Edge, were known throughout the world; even U.S. President Barack Obama knew his name. Can anyone name one child from Gaza among the hundreds killed?
If you want to read more of Levy’s excellent piece, click here. I commend it.
Levy’s last paragraph is this:
The attack in Jerusalem was a horrendous crime; nothing can justify it. But the blood that flowed there is not the only blood being spilled here murderously. The degree to which it is forbidden to say that is incredible.