Friday, January 02, 2009

The slaughter of the innocents

Four exhausted children have been discovered cowering next to the bodies of their mothers in a house in Zeitoun, the Red Cross has accused the IDF of "unacceptable delays" in allowing medics safe access to Gazans ... UNRWA has suspended its operations in Gaza because its staff have been hit by Israeli attacks ... Some 765 Palestinians are said to have been killed since the Israeli offensive began 13 days ago ... and on and on. The grim litany of news coming out of Gaza is ceaseless and unbearable.
Yet Engage, the group formed to oppose the academic boycott of Israeli institutions, has little to say on this. Engage says that it supports "Palestinian rights ... and the Israeli peace movement" but aside from a piece by John Strawson questioning the wisdom of the Gaza war, ringing condemnations of the slaughter and clarion calls for peace are conspicuous by their absence. Why is this?

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