MIDDLE EAST TURMOIL

West using moral obfuscation to justify Israel attacks on Palestine

HRW report concluded Israeli actions fit definition of international crime of apartheid.

In Summary

• Western governments, led by US President Joe Biden, have been quick to unequivocally condemn Palestinian groups for the rocket barrages but been much more circumspect about condemning Israel’s attack on Palestinian civilians.

• Lukewarm expressions of "dismay" and "grave concern" at Palestinian death have been interspersed with declarations of “unwavering support for Israel’s security and for Israel’s legitimate right to defend itself”.

The violence convulsing the Middle East has produced heart-rending images and statistics.

As I write this at least 76 people, the vast majority of them Palestinians, including at least 18 ...

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