We watch the Israel/Palestinian crisis with personal concern in our house.

Neither my wife nor I are feeling good about the Middle East this morning.  Some background first: Elly is Jewish by descent and I am from an Episcopalian household. Although neither of us are believers in a God or practitioners of a religion, it doesn't remove a cultural background from our family.

Our son Bud, who is now in his mid twenties and in the process of applying to grad schools, is, by default, half Jewish by cultural descent.

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Gaza - "War to the Bitter End"

I noticed a diary by Main Street on MyDD Missing in Action on Gaza. I know that Jonathan will be blogging on the topic once he gets to Israel. Speaking for myself, I'll say it's not easy to find the right words and when it comes to the Israel-Palestinian conflict a misplaced word can set off a minefield even on a progressive blog not to mention this is a subject seemingly beyond my comprehension at this point or at the very least my attention span. Haven't we seen this all before?

Instead of my own nebulous views, I'll offer the words of others who I think make points worth reflecting upon.

Here's Robert Fisk in The Independent:

We've got so used to the carnage of the Middle East that we don't care any more - providing we don't offend the Israelis. It's not clear how many of the Gaza dead are civilians, but the response of the Bush administration, not to mention the pusillanimous reaction of Gordon Brown, reaffirm for Arabs what they have known for decades: however they struggle against their antagonists, the West will take Israel's side. As usual, the bloodbath was the fault of the Arabs - who, as we all know, only understand force.

Ever since 1948, we've been hearing this balderdash from the Israelis - just as Arab nationalists and then Arab Islamists have been peddling their own lies: that the Zionist "death wagon" will be overthrown, that all Jerusalem will be "liberated". And always Mr Bush Snr or Mr Clinton or Mr Bush Jnr or Mr Blair or Mr Brown have called upon both sides to exercise "restraint" - as if the Palestinians and the Israelis both have F-18s and Merkava tanks and field artillery. Hamas's home-made rockets have killed just 20 Israelis in eight years, but a day-long blitz by Israeli aircraft that kills almost 300 Palestinians is just par for the course.

The blood-splattering has its own routine. Yes, Hamas provoked Israel's anger, just as Israel provoked Hamas's anger, which was provoked by Israel, which was provoked by Hamas, which ... See what I mean? Hamas fires rockets at Israel, Israel bombs Hamas, Hamas fires more rockets and Israel bombs again and ... Got it? And we demand security for Israel - rightly - but overlook this massive and utterly disproportionate slaughter by Israel. It was Madeleine Albright who once said that Israel was "under siege" - as if Palestinian tanks were in the streets of Tel Aviv.

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MyDD Missing In Action On Gaza

Top Israeli Newspaper Raises Doubts About Gaza Attack

Yesterday, Greg Mitchell, editor of Editor & Publisher, posted this diary with the above title on Daily Kos. Earlier it appeared on Huffington Post with this title:

Attack on Gaza: As Usual, U.S. Media (And Most Liberals) Silent -- As Israeli Newspaper Raises Doubts

How appropriate this earlier title is for MyDD. I tuned in daily. A massacre is going on in Gaza using US weapons in a conflict central to US foreign policy, which Obama will shortly confront, and this "liberal" site seems missing from action.

For reference sake and as examples for how liberals react, here are some liberal Israeli views on the Gaza attacks:

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State Department nixes Fulbright Grants to Palestinians

This interesting piece from the New York Times shows the extent to which the State Department is controlled by Israel policy and how Israeli policy is followed by the State Department. This is not Mearshirmer and Walt speaking here. This is the State Department confirming the thesis of overbearing Zionist control of American foreign policy.

Friday, May 30, 2008

GAZA -- The American State Department has withdrawn all Fulbright grants to Palestinian students in Gaza hoping to pursue advanced degrees at American institutions this fall because Israel has not granted them permission to leave.

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Amnesty International accuses Israel...

of grave human rights abuses.

In what has come to be a yearly ritual, heathlander, the Brit who frequently posts (and cross posts) diaries about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Daily Kos, has given us a review of Amnesty International's report of human rights abuses for the year, 2007. Although numerous countries made the list, human rights abuses associated with Israel's occupation/colonization/siege of the Palestinian territories is a major one underwritten by the United States.

Here is Heathlander's summary of the section on Israel/Palestine (links in the original diary available here at Daily Kos).

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