Amira Hass: In Gaza, Israel surpasses its usual evil

Kia Ora Gaza

Palestinians react from tear gas, fired by Israeli troops, east of Gaza City, 1 April, 2018 [Mohammed Salem/ Reuters]

By Amira Hass, Opinion, Haaretz (Israeli daily newspaper), 3 April 2018

Israelis have become inured to historical associations; it’s no wonder they can justify lethal fire against unarmed demonstrators

In the Gaza Strip, Israel shows itself at its worst. This statement in no way detracts from the evil, both deliberate and incidental, that characterizes its policy toward other Palestinians — in Israel and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Nor does it lessen the horrors of its revenge attacks (aka reprisal operations) in the West Bank before 1967 or its assaults on civilians in Lebanon.

Nevertheless, in Gaza, Israel surpasses its usual evil. There in particular it causes soldiers, commanders, bureaucrats and civilians to demonstrate behaviours and character traits that in any other context would be considered sadistic and criminal…

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