Gaza Under Attack: How the Abu Khdeir cousins displayed US hypocrisy

Playing the victim role has been perfected by Israel, aided by none other than the US itself. For a country to systematically break international law by illegally obtaining Palestinian land for decades, and yet still claim to be the victim in the entire ordeal really takes a sense of delusion that could quite possibly surpass the US’.

But really, both countries possess a sense of delusion to continue believing, to this day, that Israel has done no wrong. President Obama’s recent op-ed in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz is a testament to this. He has reiterated the US’ decades long support for apartheid Israel, championing peace for the “democratic future for the Jewish state of Israel”, and boasting as Israel’s oldest and strongest friend.

We know, Mr. President. We know that the US funding of Israel has killed thousands. We know that innocent Palestinian children have been murdered by Israel’s oldest and strongest friend. We know it. We see it. We hear it. But what the rest of the world plainly sees, is ignored by the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

The targeting of civilians and the deliberative attack on civilians is deemed as a violation of international law. Countless countries around the world has recognized the targeted attacks as illegal and immoral, and yet the US and Israel stand behind their tactics and continue to promote a Jewish state. It seems, at any cost, too.

News organizations pin the recent unrest as Israel defending itself from rockets being fired from Gaza (with a whopping one injury from it). And Washington seems to believe this.

The most recent unrest in Gaza certainly provides another glimpse of victim role-playing and the hypocrisy of Israel and it’s adamant supporter, the US. When the US, Britain and countless other countries voiced their outrage and condemned Hamas (though denied by them) for the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens, their silence echoed when 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir was brutally murdered in a retaliation attack.

Concern was eventually voiced, but only done so in the context of urging Palestinians to stay calm and silent about their outrage. How much silence can be expected from a persecuted group when their lands have been stolen, their families killed, and their homes destroyed?

How much?

Certainly not when Mohammed Abu Khdeir’s cousin, 15-year-old Tariq Abu Khdeir’s brutal beating by Israeli police was documented in a viral video. Concern for Tariq came from the US State Department soon after his release from Israeli jail, condemning the aggression against a child. What motivated the State Department to release a press statement for Tariq, and not for his slain cousin Mohammad?

US citizenship. Silence for one killing, and the killings of so many other Palestinians, has gone largely unnoticed by the US. It takes US citizenship for someone in Washington to actually care. Palestinian lives are disposable… but add a hyphen (Palestinian–American) and suddenly the US cares. Suddenly then his well-being is of importance.

Is this not hypocrisy?

What if Tariq did not have US citizenship? Would it have mattered to the US then? Would they have condemned the brute Israeli forces and their beating of a child? I’ll leave you to be the judge of that.

Israel’s offensive on Tuesday had launched more than one hundred airstrikes on Gaza in a mere 24 hours. For Israel to play the victim role when it has used advanced weaponry on a largely civilian Palestinian population is the double standard of all time.

According to a 2007 United Nations report, the number of Israeli casualties has decreased in the same time span that Palestinian casualties have increased. “In 2007, for every one Israeli death there were 25 Palestinian deaths…” The report goes on to say, “Most of those killed in the conflict have been civilians not involved in the fighting.”

For every one Israeli death there were 25 Palestinian deaths. Twenty-five.

The number of Palestinian deaths since the unjust killing of the three Israeli teens? At the time of this posting: 27 Palestinian deaths, most of them children.

For every one Israeli death there were 25 Palestinian deaths.

Where is the world outrage?


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