It might be time to turn off the push notifications on the IGaza app, which has just informed me that the death toll for Wednesday has reached 130 and that some 1,360 Palestinians have now died with “no end in sight”. What is the point in going to bed angry after all? Norman Finkelstein’s “they have gone too far” and the bigger picture has not essentially changed since the 10th of July when Rashid Khalidi wrote that “at least 81 Palestinians” have been killed. Yet, if the Colombia University professor did exercise a sort of academic caution by continuing with “… so far” the big picture was not about the number of dead on the 10th of July and it is not even about the number of dead now, even if that number has probably increased by about ten, or twenty, or thirty, or whatever, in the time it takes me to write this post.
The big picture can in fact be seen in the title of Khalidi’s article; “Israel’s assault on Gaza obscures core issues – racism, occupation, colonization”. The oxymoronic “Jewish Democracy” is, a priori a racist state, which has colonized the whole of Palestine and it will only have gone too far when it is stopped. Until that happens the present slaughter in Gaza might take its place beside the atrocities at Deir Yassin in 1948, the slaughter at Shatila and Sabra in 1982, the massacre in Gaza at the end in 2008/2009. However, as sad as it might sound, it is just one more incident, alongside these and many, many more atrocities.