Ali Abunimah of the Electronic Intifada writes:
Diplomatic fronts, such as the US-dominated Quartet, continue to treat occupier and occupied, coloniser and colonised, first-world high-tech army and near-starving refugee population, as if they are on the same footing. Hope is fading that the incoming administration of Barack Obama is going to make any fundamental change to US policies that are hopelessly biased towards Israel.
Some might consider that an unfair assessment, since we are told that every single Palestinian including women and children as young as two, are Jew-hating Hamas terrorists and therefore fair game in a long-range missile attack with F-16s. The Washington Post reports:
President-elect Barack Obama has voiced sympathy for Israelâ€™s predicament. During his visit to Israel last summer, he held a news conference in Sderot, the southern town that has borne the brunt of the Gaza rocket attacks, saying he does not “think any country would find it acceptable to have missiles raining down on the heads of their citizens.”
“If somebody was sending rockets into my house where my two daughters sleep at night, Iâ€™m going to do everything in my power to stop that,” Obama said at the time. “And I would expect Israelis to do the same thing.”
Obama chooses not to put himself in Palestinian shoes, chooses not to consider how he would face Israel’s extrajudicial killings, land theft, settler pogroms, kidnappings which never stopped for a day during the truce. Nor does he analyse his reactions if his two beautiful daughters were faced with food shortages, deprived of heating oil, essential medicines, a chance to live a dignified existence or to be regarded as Hamas terrorists and therefore targets for a missile attack.
Now what can we say about Obama’s fairness and objectivity, his high-minded ability to think vicariously as an Israeli but his unwillingness to do the same for Palestinians?
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