Saturday, 27 December 2008

POV: Massacre in Gaza

Photo: Yasser Saymeh/AFP-Getty Images

The New York Times reports today that more than 200 Palestinians were massacred by the Israeli military strikes. Being The New York Times, it tempers its headlines by pointing out that these military strikes were in retaliation for the "rockets" launched by the militant wing of Hamas on the towns of Southern Israel.

It also features Attack in Gaza, a slideshow which has many photographs of the horrific casualties and devastation. The accompanying article is also well worth a read.

Whenever I read and hear of such violence committed against Palestinians by one of the world's most powerful military machinery, while the so-called civilized West and the rest of the world watches it do so placidly, impotently and in some cases with complicity, I remember Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel's ringing words:

"...to remain silent and indifferent is the greatest sin of all..."

Will you finally speak out Mr Wiesel, or is the Palestinian corpse in the above picture not worth it?