|Israel is now being hit from all sides. While this has all been happening on the southern front, the northern front also erupted: yesterday, missiles were launched from Syria and Lebanon. Hamas and Hezbollah have taken responsibility. Missiles were intercepted by the Iron Dome, Israel’s air defense system.
Israel has responded by bombing Hezbollah, and is continuing to bomb the Gaza Strip. Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says a ground offensive will be launched in Gaza, and authorities there say a “humanitarian crisis” is imminent, as the power plant reportedly ran out of fuel around 2 p.m. local time, several hours ago. Doctors Without Borders has said that Al-Shifa, the main hospital in Gaza, only has about three days’ worth of fuel, and that antibiotics, surgical equipment, and other supplies are close to being exhausted.
At least 250,000 Gazans have been displaced. Israeli forces have started warning whole neighborhoods—not just individual buildings—when an attack is coming, and entire sections of Gaza City have been razed.
American chaos: Not only do we currently have no speaker of the House, but we also do not have an ambassador to Israel. President Joe Biden’s nominee, Jack Lew, must be hastily pushed through the Senate confirmation process, which will most likely happen next week.
Lew, who served under President Bill Clinton as the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), developed “the memorandum of understanding at OMB on multiyear funding for Israel and worked to sustain it during the Obama administration.” And, per an unnamed White House official, he also “worked to provide ‘crucial funding’ for Israeli missile defense systems to protect citizens from attacks,” per NBC News. “The American ambassador to NATO said on Tuesday that U.S. military assistance to Israel after the weekend attacks by Hamas assailants would not come at Ukraine’s expense,” reports The New York Times. (Instead, it will come at the expense of U.S. taxpayers.)
American insanity: Black Lives Matter’s Chicago affiliate used Hamas paragliders—the ones who slaughtered 260-plus teens and young adults at a music festival—in their poster art expressing that they “stand with Palestine.” Black Lives Matter’s Los Angeles chapter proclaims that “when a people have been subject to decades of apartheid and unimaginable violence, their resistance must not be condemned, but understood as a desperate act of self-defense.”
These groups are grafting their understanding of domestic race relations and colonizer/colonized narratives onto Israel and Palestine, which simply does not work. Celebrating the murderous paragliders of Hamas—a terrorist group that keeps Gazans entrenched in deep poverty, by the way—isn’t the same as communicating opposition to the state of Israel. There are no easy answers here, but it is actually quite easy to avoid using barbaric killers as your graphic design motif.
“When a political group is dogmatic to the extreme, there is no limit to the horrors they will condone and justify for their cause—no ability to depart from those they consider on their team, no matter what it is their teammates are doing: kidnapping children, killing kids in front of their parents, massacring hundreds at a concert, whatever,” writes Tim Urban on Twitter.