Even by the grim standards of Gaza, the past five months have been cruel ones.Here's the finish:
Some four hundred Palestinians, mostly unarmed civilians, have been killed during Israeli attacks. (Four Israeli soldiers and two civilians have been killed.) Israel has sealed off Gaza from the outside world while the international community has imposed brutal sanctions, ravaging Gaza's already impoverished economy.
HRW executive director Kenneth Roth "commended" Israel during its last invasion for warning people in south Lebanon to flee--before turning it into a moonscape, slaughtering the old, infirm and poor left behind. It would seem that Palestinian leaders and people, too, merit some recognition for embracing the tactics of Gandhi and King in a last desperate bid to save themselves from annihilationThe bits in the middle are worth a look at too.
Email HRW Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitsonfirstname.lastname@example.org - and HRW executive director Kenneth Roth--RothK@hrw.org.