I was incensed by Ms. Phillips’ comment that most of those who have been killed by Israel are “terrorists” and so I emailed her:
Melanie, I hope you have seen this, your disgraceful comments recently about most of the casualties being “terrorists” is a bare faced lie.
This morning, I then sent
How about having a read of this from a lady in Palestine:
“My father last night tried to communicate a single message: We keep hearing that Israel is after Hamas; but WE are the targets here; Civilians are the targets here, not Hamas.
An entire refugee family in one fell swoop was killed this morning as they took cover in their home from Israeli fire. Their deaths do not make Israeli more secure. Their deaths will not stop rocket fire.”
To my surprise a few minutes later I got this response:
I fully understand and sympathise with her distress, and yours. However, civilians are demonstrably not the targets — but unfortunately in any war zone there are civilian casualties, which is deeply regrettable.
I then fired off my reply as follows:
Well, quite clearly the people being attacked are civilians, what do you base your assumption on, Israeli propaganda? Israel isn’t the whiter than white “democracy” you think it is. You may also want to consider the 101 outstanding UN resolutions that Israel flagrantly disregards, other countries have been attacked and invaded for less and yet Israel has been getting away with it, explain that one (hundred and one)? The Political Scientist Norman Finkelstein said:
?The only differences between Israeli and Hamas terrorism are that Israeli terrorism is four times as lethal, and that no demands have been made for Israel to end it. . . ?
Terrorism is terrorism, whether it is perpetrated by renegade individuals or nation states especially if they are and have been in flagrant violation of International Law and UN resolutions. I really wish you would be fairer in your writings instead of having what seems to me an irrational hatred for Arabs and Muslims, it is unbecoming of a civilised person.