Monday, 31 July 2006

Today's letter to The Age

Dear sir/madam,

Lately, and for obvious reasons, the media has been busy covering the carnage taking place in Lebanon. A lot of people are angry at Israel, and rightly so: harming innocent civilians is a war crime in every book of law, and the fact Israel has warned the region's population to leave the premises doesn't nullify that; it even enhances it, because forcing someone to leave their home is a war crime by its own merit.
However, there is a significant lack of duality in the way the media covers the events. It is obvious, for example, that if it it could, Hezbollah would be very glad to score a direct hit on an Israeli school and kill victims aplenty; it directly targets such facilities, and the fact it didn't manage such a feat so far is mainly an attribute of its inability rather than its lack of will. And if such an event were to happen, I am quite sure what the reaction on the Arab street would be like: I was in the West Bank on the 11th of September 2001, and I can assure you that I am yet to see scenes of jubilation to match the ones I saw in the streets of Ramallah on that particular day. While it is unfair to judge the Arabs on an event that is yet to take place, what is obvious is the glaring silence of critics against the targeting and the hurting of Israeli civilians.
I guess what I am trying to say is that both sides utterly fail their humanity class.

Moshe Reuveni

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