Columnist Vijay Prashad responds to readers' criticism of essay on Israel-Gaza violence
Smoke rises after an Israeli strike in Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. Israel said Thursday it has called up another 16,000 reservists, allowing it to potentially widen its Gaza operation against the territory's Hamas rulers in a three-week-old war that has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israelis. (AP Photo/Majed Hamdan)
Palestinian Heygar Jendiyah, left, points to where the family house kitchen once stood, partially destroyed by an Israeli strike earlier during the war, as her children Ranin, 10, center, and Helmi, right, listen, in the Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City, northern Gaza Strip, Thursday, July 31, 2014. The building houses 21 members of the extended family, and now with several rooms destroyed, they try to go about their lives, without electricity and without running water for several hours a day. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
EDITOR’S NOTE: Guest columnist Vijay Prashad of Northampton offered this response to letters today:
Take a cue, friends, from the UN workers on the ground — from the Secretary General of UNRWA Pierre Krähenbühl: “We have moved beyond the realm of humanitarian action alone. ... I call on the international community to take deliberate international political action to put an immediate end to the continuing carnage.”
For the entire statement, http://www.unrwa.org/newsroom/official-statements/.
In trying to convey the seriousness of the six attacks by the Israeli army on UN buildings where civilians have taken shelter, UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness could not hold it together. He broke into tears on international television.
If all you see is Hamas, Hamas, Hamas, you fail to see what the Israeli military has wrought. It produces serious moral blindness.