Chris Hedges — The Tears of Gaza Must Be Our Tears

Old Blog Import

Let me cut through the jargon, the euphemisms we use to mask human suffering and war crimes. Closures” mean heavily armed soldiers who ring Palestinian ghettos, deny those trapped inside food or basic amenities—including toys, razors, chocolate, fishing rods and musical instruments—and carry out a brutal policy of collective punishment, which is a crime under international law. Disputed land” means land stolen from the Palestinians. Clashes” mean, almost always, the killing or wounding of unarmed Palestinians, including children. Jewish neighborhoods in the West Bank” mean fortress-like compounds that serve as military outposts in the campaign of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Targeted assassinations” mean extrajudicial murder. Air strikes on militant bomb-making posts” mean the dropping of huge iron fragmentation bombs from fighter jets on densely crowded neighborhoods that always leaves scores of dead and wounded, whose only contact with a bomb was the one manufactured in the United States and given to the Israeli Air Force as part of our complicity in the occupation. The peace process” means the cynical, one-way route to the crushing of the Palestinians as a people.”