I don’t get why so many people support Israel in the current conflict. The immediate trigger for the assault on Gaza was the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli settler teens. The Israelis describe the kidnappers as “members of Hamas,” but when Hamas is the government of Gaza, blaming the full organization for the actions of a couple members is like blaming the Democrats collectively for any crimes that happen in the USA. The responsible people are those who perpetrated the act and those who supported them in the act, not the larger political organization that was unaware of – and have condemned – their actions.
The response was a massive crackdown throughout Gaza, the arrest of hundreds without warrant, charges, or trials. Israel has a long history of torturing and abusing Palestinians in their custody, so there is good reason to believe these people are being treated very poorly. Of course, the only abuse that got the American media excited was when the Israeli police accidentally pummeled an American citizen – because Americans are the only people who count.
The Palestinians attempted to strike back after this crackdown, firing rockets toward the Israelis. Their accuracy is abysmal, but you fight a war with the weapons you have, not the weapons you want. In return, Israel launched a massive bombing and shelling campaign, killing hundreds of civilians and a handful of Hamas militants. They have shelled hospitals, schools, and shelters. They have killed hundreds of kids. Destroyed homes, infrastructure, and resources. Now they say they will not stop until they have destroyed all the tunnels and weapons in Gaza. Since all you need to make a rocket is some construction explosives, some pipe, and a garage workshop, the level of oppression this would entail is abominable. All you need for a tunnel is a shovel.
But the right wing of this country, which strongly supports civilian gun ownership, laws against illegal immigration (what do you think the Israeli “settlers” are?), and supposedly supports individual rights, cheers with each bomb that kills a Palestinian. “Israel has a right to defend itself.” But Palestinians have no rights at all.