Washington’s approval of unending massacre is a ‘stain upon our souls’
Injured Palestinians, including children, are brought to a hospital following an Israeli strike in Deir El-Balah in the Central Gaza Strip on November 19, 2023. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)
Do you notice that western media are turning away? They are trying to
diminish what is happening in Gaza, pack it away into the normal run of
the news. So many people died in Gaza today– just another statistic.
That’s way more comforting than saying, It’s now six weeks of the
United States arming a war on millions of innocents in their homes and
now tents and hospitals in an open-air prison the size of Philadelphia.
At this website, we can’t look away. It’s been another devastating week in a neverending procession of devastation. The World Health Organization says al-Shifa hospital is a “death zone,” with waste piled on the grounds, and 291 patients inside and 25 staff, and 32 premature babies.
More than 12,000 Palestinians are now dead, including more than 5,000
children, and 400,000 are said to be fleeing the north of Gaza to the
south on a “corridor of humiliation”, but Khan Younis is also under
attack by the most modern ordinance fired by that most moral army in the
And the Democratic establishment is in lockstep now, supporting the massacres. Joe Biden wrote an Op-Ed in the Washington Post pushing for more bombing in “a war for democracy,” as Palestine Media Action summarizes his argument.
“The Biden administration has… plunged headlong into an abyss of
moral depravity by supporting Israel materially in massacring thousands
of Palestinians and rendering Gaza uninhabitable, and in condoning its
ethnic cleansing within Gaza,” as Rashid Khalidi said at Columbia this
week, a piece we published.
Our leaders are cracking down on opposition to the war and trying to push the story under the carpet.
AIPAC is preparing to spend $100 million to
crush all progressive opposition to Israel’s actions in the Congress.
The liberal cable networks feature Michael Oren and the Israeli army
spokesperson explaining why a ceasefire is a victory for terrorists who
will be in your house soon. The university presidents are issuing statements about antisemitism and redlining Palestinian solidarity organizations.
They are readying themselves for the next chapter of persecution
blessed in Washington– when Gaza has undergone a Nakba-before-our-eyes
and the world demands freedom and Israel seeks to “reestablish some form
of the previous oppressive status quo of occupation and enclosure of
Palestinians in smaller and smaller spaces, while pumping more
formaldehyde into the moldering corpse of the long-dead ‘two-state
solution,'” as Khalidi puts it.
There is a propaganda war in the U.S. Because 80% of Democratic
voters believe there should be a ceasefire, Michael Arria reports; and 70 percent of young voters disapprove of Biden’s handling of the war.
“Staying quiet in this moment would be a stain upon our souls and
would deepen our complicity… [W]e must call upon our leaders—President
Biden, members of Congress, and others—to be unequivocal that we need to
stop the killing. Today. This is clearly what love demands of us,” writes a Christian leader, Michael Curry, an Episcopal bishop.
Nothing could be more clear today. Don’t be silent. Don’t turn away.
Bear witness and demand action. Keep the people of Gaza in your minds
Mondoweiss is an independent, reader-funded publication. We publish stories and analysis about the struggle for freedom in Palestine that you will not find in corporate media. Our growing team relies on your support. Here are some ways you can help...