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On Friday, Israeli soldiers invaded Al-Arroub Refugee camp. Residents were attacked with tear gas, rubber bullets, and concussion grenades.

Last Sunday, extremists boarded an Israeli bus. Arab school children were heading home from classes. They were insulted, spat on, and harassed. At least one child was physically attacked.

The father of one child said Arab children endure this treatment and worse regularly. He worries whether his child will return home each day safe.

Other parents have similar concerns. In the past week alone, Israeli soldiers attacked Palestinians daily. Fifty West Bank incursions were conducted. Dozens of arrests followed. Children were treated like adults.

Excessive force is official policy. Israel doesn't care if Palestinians live or die. They're denied all rights. They're dispossessed, persecuted and assaulted ruthlessly. They're unsure each day if they'll survive.

Israel's Open University Professor Yagil Levy teaches sociology, political science and communications. His doctoral dissertation discussed "The Role of the Military Sphere in the Construction of the Social-Political Order in Israel."

He called Pillar of Cloud a colossal failure. "In military terms, of course, the operation can be treated as an achievement, as the government ministers are trying to do," he says.

"In the balance of blood, Israel may have killed about 160 Palestinians while only six Israelis were killed."

Nearly 200 Palestinians were killed. Around 1,400 were injured. Most were noncombatant men, women, children, infants and the elderly. Levy downplayed what happened.

He added that Pillar of Cloud "revealed to Hamas and the world Israel's weakness and the limits to its freedom of operation." He called it Israel's "death hierarchy."

His recent book discussed it. It's titled " Israel's Death Hierarchy : Casualty Aversion in a Militarized Democracy." He claims substantial changes exist in the "blood price" Israelis are willing to pay in military confrontations.

The IDF is now weakened, he believes. Its ability to accomplish missions are compromised. The 2006 Lebanon war and Pillar of Cloud fell short.

In other words, Israel's reluctance to sustain casualties, he believes, sacrifices greater victories. He's unconcerned about how many casualties enemies incur. Noncombatant deaths and injuries don't bother him.

Nor do moral, ethical and legal issues. Israel's Dahiya doctrine was ignored. It treats civilians like combatants. Former Israeli commanders explained. General Gabi Eisenkot said "disproportionate force" targets the "heart of the enemy's weak spot."

He referred to civilians. They're no different from combatants, he claimed. Other Israeli commanders expressed similar sentiments. Targeted and indiscriminate mass murder and destruction is official policy.

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they want work, and they work in israel, they dont... by yuval doron on Sunday, Jan 27, 2013 at 3:39:02 PM