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Terrorism in the Israeli Attack on Gaza

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Palestinian relatives mourn for victims of the Duheir family, near the rubble of their home, after it was destroyed by an Israeli air strike in Rafah on July 29, 2014, in the southern of Gaza strip.
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As I've written many times before, "terrorism" is, and from the start was designed to be, almost entirely devoid of discernible meaning. It's a fear-mongering slogan, lacking any consistent application, intended to end rational debate and justify virtually any conduct by those who apply the term. But to the extent it means anything beyond that, it typically refers to the killing of civilians as a means of furthering political or military goals.

Below are two charts reflecting the deaths of civilians, soldiers and "militants" in both Gaza and Israel since the July 8 Israeli attack began. The statistics used are unduly generous toward Israel, since "militants" in Gaza are often nothing more than residents who take up arms to defend their homes against an invading and occupying army. Even with that generous interpretation, these numbers, standing alone, tell a powerful story:

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Israelis killed since July 8 attack on Gaza
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Palestinians killed since July 8 attack on Gaza
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If you landed on earth from another planet this week, knowing nothing other than the most common use of the word "terrorism," which side do you think would most frequently be referred to as "terrorists"?

Often, the most vivid illustration of the criminality of this attack comes not from data but from isolated stories. Yesterday, for instance, "in Khan Younis, five members of the Najjar family, which lost 21 people in a previous strike, were killed." Meanwhile, "in the Al Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, an airstrike from an F-16 killed the mayor, Anis Abu Shamala, and four others in his home, some of whom had taken refuge there from intense artillery shelling nearby."

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To repeat myself - Israel has forfeited its right ... by lila york on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09:09 PM
Now Lila; These "weapons suppliers" are so imbedde... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:35:43 AM
Sure, it would require enormous public pressure on... by lila york on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 7:04:23 AM
You find me a million people who care enough, and ... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:43:51 AM
lila, It only takes several to successfully bring ... by Douglas Jack on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 3:38:20 PM
The aggressors always insist they are only defendi... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:59:58 PM
Not different from the rape and pillage that is be... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:39:16 AM
Agreed. The reverse logic never changes because so... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:12:05 PM
Israel has bombed the power station at Gaza which ... by kevin walsh on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:11:30 AM
The people elected Hamas which removes plausible d... by Ronald J Riley on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:41:28 AM
Facts are hard to understand if one refuses to loo... by madranger on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:45:13 AM
What would America do if Mexico fired rockets into... by Rodger Malcolm Mitchell on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 9:53:30 AM
Do you also assume that America blockaded Mexico i... by BFalcon on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 11:42:42 PM
USA supports Israel. Period. That's all we hear in... by Paul from Potomac on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:55:46 AM
Wow! The vermin are starting to come out in force ... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 10:57:38 AM
Not sure I agree with Greenwald's definition of te... by Charles-Eva Manning on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:03:17 PM
First of all, "The Palestinian Rockets" are little... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 12:41:41 PM
The illegitimacy of the disproportionate Israeli r... by Charles-Eva Manning on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:20:05 PM
Ahh, the banality of the comfortable bystander. "I... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 5:22:30 PM
Charles-Eva Manning, You treat the conflict as tho... by Douglas Jack on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:38:06 PM
As of today, 1,300 Palestinians have been killed i... by Amy Schreiner on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 1:53:29 PM
Gaza is subject to an Israeli / USA / EU terrorism... by Radh Achuthan on Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:27:33 PM
A POGROM by any other name is still a POGROM.Israe... by yunus Luebben on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 4:23:25 AM
I strongly urge the commentators to this article t... by Deena Stryker on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 9:47:48 AM
I see that most of my thoughts and feelings are al... by Michael Gabriel on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 10:53:15 AM
It is tragic that so many decent people, including... by Stephen Unger on Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 at 12:00:50 PM