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The Heavy Legacy of Gaza Conflict

The trajectory of recent history of the Middle East has been utterly scrambled by the horrific October 7 attacks by a couple of thousand militants from Hamas and Islamic Jihad against Jewish communities neighboring the Gaza strip, and the almost immediate and overwhelming Israeli military response.  In crude numbers the proportion of Israeli victims of the Hamas October 7 attack would be equivalent to 45,000 Americans dead, or roughly fifteen times the death toll of the 9-11-2001 attacks.  With so many Gazans still buried under the rubble of their apartment blocks it is impossible to know the scale of the Gazan death toll to date, but even using the Ministry of Health numbers of dead coming through its systems, the scale of Gazan dead would be equal to over 2,000,000 Americans dead, or over 130 times the number of Americans killed on 9-11-2001. The trauma felt on both sides is deep. It goes far beyond the recent killings and includes the deep scars of history and foreboding for the future.  The origins of the Zionist//Palestinian conflict go back over a century and in this case history’s arc has yet to bend towards peace and justice.


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 November 22, 2023