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August 31 , 2007

This Time We Went Too Far


For the Palestinians who live in the narrow coastal strip of Gazathe December 2008 Israeli invasion was a nightmare of unimaginable proportions: in the 22-day-long action 1 400 Gazans were killedseveral hundred on the first day alone. More than 6 000 homes were destroyed or badly damaged. The cost of the destruction and disruption of economic lifein one of the world's poorest areasis estimated at more than 3 billion.And yetwhile nothing should diminish recognition of Palestinian suffering through these frightful daysit is possible something redemptive will emerge from the tragedy of Gaza. Foras Norman Finkelstein detailsin a concise work that melds cold anger with cool analysisthe profound injustice of the Israeli assault has been widely recognized by organizations impossible to brand as partial or extremist.Amnesty InternationalHuman Rights Watchand the UN investigation headed by Richard Goldstonein documenting Israel's use of indiscriminate and intentional force against the civilian population during the invasion (100 Palestinians died for every one Israeli)have had an impact on traditional support for Israel. Jews in both the United States and the United Kingdomfor instanceare beginning to voice dissentand this trend is especially apparent among the young.Such a shiftFinkelstein contendscan result in new pressure capable of moving the Middle East crisis towards a solutionone that embraces justice for Palestinians and Israelis alike. The seeds of hope were thus sown in the bitter anguish of Gaza. "This Time We Went Too Far"written with Finkelstein's customary acuity and precisionwill surely advance the process it so eloquently describes.
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