Ali Saad Dawabsheh was only 18 months old when Israeli settlers who entered his village of Douma to carry out a so-called “price tag” attack took his life away by setting fire to his home. The crime brought shock and horror to many, regardless of their views of the overall Israel-Palestinian conflict.
But the reality is that this death is very much a part of that conflict. It cannot be understood apart from it. It is not anomalous. Ali was far from the first baby killed in this conflict, on either side.
Is it possible for this tragedy to move us closer to resolving the conflict? Is it possible that, even without ultimately resolving the major political issues we can make it more difficult for an atrocity like this to occur? Perhaps it is, if we ask one important question and make sure we get all the answers to it.It is no surprise that such a horrifying act leads people to say “something more must be done.” But, of course, the conflict will not end over this incident. In a matter of weeks, Ali’s death will be just one more tragedy in a long list of tragedies in Israel-Palestine.
Why is Ali Dawabsheh dead? Read more at FMEP’s web site.
Stephen Hawking unleashed a storm this week by pulling out of an Israeli conference. I explore the response to the boycott movement more broadly at Souciant this week.
I don’t often use this space for recommending articles by other writers. You can follow me on Twitter or Facebook for that. But these two bear special mention.
The more recent one is Tom Friedman’s piece in the Times today, “Why Not In Vegas?” where Friedman exposes the pathetic farce that was Mitt Romney’s trip to Israel, a voyage which was not about US interests but about Bibi Netanyahu’s designs on getting his friend in the White House and Romney’s shameless shilling for Sheldon Adelson’s money. It’s the kind of piece we need to see more of from Friedman and others among his cadre.
The second is an outstanding piece by Noam Sheizaf about the awful tactics being used by the National Jewish Democratic Council, which, in attacking Romney as not being pro-Israel enough, sounds more right wing and hawkish than the worst neoconservatives. It’s a classic example of how liberals sell out all of their values when it comes to Israel, and Noam examines it most deftly. Please check it out.