By the numbers

The Israel Defense Forces do not target civilians. Hamas targets Israel. And yet...Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza between January 1st2012 and November 11th 2012: 1(Source: Wikipedia)Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire during the same period: 78(Source:United Nations)Number of Israelis killed by fire from Gaza, November 13th-19th 2012: 3(Source: press reports)Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire, November 13th-19th:95(Source: IDF) ...Total number of Israelis killed by rocket, mortar or anti-tank fire from Gaza since 2006: 47(Source: Wikipedia. This is disputed; another source says 26)Number of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire from April 1st 2006 to July 21st 2012:2,879(Source:United Nations)The whole tragically long list is at The Economist.

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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