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Sunday, August 20, 2006


 

Palestinian non-people


Last night the local news I was watching carried a story (a print version here) which went something like this (quoted from memory): "Israel doesn't just face trouble on its northern border. Today, on another front, another person was killed as a Palestinian gunman opened fire and killed an Israeli soldier. The gunman was then shot dead." Yes, I'm pretty sure that the language she used referred to only a single "person" being killed, assigning the Palestinian to a state of non-existence. But even if I misheard that point, and this particular Palestinian was actually acknowledged as a person, there is the case of the Palestinians who were killed today. And yesterday. And the day before that. And the day before that. And the nearly 200 Palestinians who have been killed in Gaza in the last two months, many of them civilians. Virtually none of whose deaths have been reported on this same news channel, nor by most American media.


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