The grisly reality of eight days of war has seared itself in Nader Basioni’s mind. Since an Israeli air strike slammed into a nearby field on November 15, his nightmares replay in graphic detail how a fleck of metal from that explosion tore through the family home and decapitated his nine-year-old brother, Fares, who was sleeping in the same room.
“His head was gone except for a piece of skin of his face,” Nader, 14, recalled on Friday at his home in Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip.
“I’m afraid to sleep because I see him in my dreams. It’s the same thing over and over - Fares is gone. He’s dead.”
I am not going to get pulled into a debate about what’s going on in Gaza. That’s a no win proposition. But Adam, let me be clear, I do know what’s going on, I’ve read those two links and about everything else that I’ve come across on the topic. How can you not pay attention to what’s going on in Gaza? It’s a terrible tragedy on many levels for both sides. And it’s not as crystal clear as you paint it. That’s as far as I am going to go on this topic.we saw Waltz With Bashir last night at Landmark Sunshine on the lower east side. very hard not to view in the context of what’s happening in Gaza. i’m not on either side to be honest, but I don’t like war. and this movie showcases one of the awful sides of war. the animation is amazing too.
I’m usually a big Fred Wilson fan but “I’m not on either side to be honest,” suggests that Fred either doesn’t have a clue what’s going on in Gaza, hasn’t thought it through (the statement is frighteningly unsophisticated), or is being intellectually dishonest.
This is a multi-dimensional conflict and it’s not entirely apparent what the sides are (Hamas, Israel, ordinary Palestinians) but one thing certain - no clear-headed person supports or excuses Hamas. It’s fair and wise to question Israel’s actions - Can bombing and re-occupying Gaza really re-establish Israel’s deterrent capacity? End the rocket attacks against Sderot and south Israel? Really serve Israel and the world’s long-term interest in a peaceful Middle East? Morally justifiable in light of the suffering of the Palestinian people? etc… But Fred doesn’t do those things. Instead he’s breezily non-committal and unaware…